60,000 Toys from St. Louis Guild, article in Woodworker's Journal, December 2018


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The April Shop hours are


May  4 - 5                  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

May  7 - 8               10:00 am – 2:00 pm

May  11 - 12              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

May  14 - 15               10:00 am – 2:00 pm


Only 2019 membership cards will be honored!


Safety Class

The next Safety Class is scheduled for Thursday May 2 at 6:30 pm. Prior reservations are not required. The cost is $20.00. Please make checks payable to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild. You must bring your 2019 membership card. The class will run about three hours and is held in the Guild’s shop within Faust Park.   Directions to shop will be emailed to everyone.






• May 16:  Monthly Meeting:  Bring your Favorite Tool.  Bring your favorite tool to the meeting and tell us why it is your favorite and how you use it in your shop.

 The term “favorite” is wide open to your interpretation. It may be a functional definition. It may be a great value you picked up. Something you have used from the first days of your woodworking experience. Something that is weird and strange with limited usage but yet intriguing. Maybe it is a tool handed down from generation to generation in your family. Bring it in and share with the others. If it is too big, bring in photos to share.



• May 25:  Woodworking Class: Decorative Inlaly (Fans, Berries, Flowers & other shapes) with Don Snyder.  9am-4pm. Material list and tool list available upon sign-up.  Class size: 4 students.   Cost: $25.



• June  20:  Monthly Meeting:  Spray Painting



• June  24: Mini-Seminar: Build a Chess board


• June 29-30: Mini-Seminar: Basic Router Jigs & Fixtures with Mike Sistek.  9am-4pm.  Cost $50. Tool list available upon sign-up.  Class size: 6 students.



• July  18:  Monthly Meeting:  Speed Dating


• July  20:  Mini-Seminar: Build a River Table Top


• July  28 March 22:  Basic Woodworking Class



• August 15:  Monthly Meeting:  Sponsor Night


• September 19:  Monthly Meeting:  Holiday Gifts


• September 21: Mini-Seminar: Turn and Embellish a Plate


• September 28:   Mini-Seminar: Using the Leigh Jig for Dovetails


• October 17:  Monthly Meeting:  TBD


• October 19-20:  Mini-Seminar:  Build a Campaign Book Shelf


• November 21:  Monthly Meeting:  Oval Shaker Boxes



• November 16-17:  Mini-Seminar: Build a Hand Plane


• December 5: Monthly Meeting:  Christmas party on Dec 5 at the Moolah Shrine. Primarily a social event, this is also a last opportunity to donate toys for distribution before Christmas and to sell any items you have made that would make good stocking stuffers, tree ornaments, or great handmade gifts.



Future classes: Other classes in the works are for making a Diamond Stone, Cutting Board, a Shop Mallet and we will have a Christmas Ornament class. We are just working on dates to have the classes. If you have a class you would like to instruct or a class idea that you would like to have the guild offer, please contact Eric Oman at or one of the Executive Board members.


Payment for the above classes:

- Payment in advance is required to be registered
- By check, mailed to Guild’s PO Box
- Pay online Guild web page through PayPal
- Pay at the meeting to Eric Oman


Please note that registration closes by the 5th of the month in which the class is scheduled. For example, for a class held in July, registration is due by July 5.
Registration or Questions?

Contact Eric Oman  636-248-0069




The Guild is looking for new Shop space

We find ourselves in the need of additional Shop space to accommodate our growing membership and equipment wants.

We are asking all members to help us locate a facility that has the following:

1.       Location: within a 10 mile radius of Hwy 40/64 and Hwy 270

2.       Square Footage: 3,000 to 5,000sf

3.       Floor: 3” concrete

4.       Ceiling Height: 8 to 12 feet

5.       Electric: 400 amp Single Phase

6.       Lighting: adequate fixtures in place for manufacturing

7.       Plumbing: Restroom(s) and kitchen

8.       HVAC: Heated and air conditioned

9.       Parking: 20-50 spaces

10.   Garage Door: at least one 8 foot wide door

11.   Dock: Optional - Truck height

Please contact Tom Tierney (314) 412-1817 if you have any questions or comments.

Did you see some Guild members on TV?

On channel 5 'On Your Side':

The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild has an out-of-the-box idea to get kids to read.

View the video and read more below.


Tonight, August 2, during the 6:00 pm broadcast KSDK will air a story on the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild. Ryan Dean's segment will show some of the members building book boxes for the kids in the BringMeABookStL programs. Wayne Humphrey will discuss the Guild's toy program.


If you to help make more boxes (and maybe get on TV), contact:

Tom Tierney


Bring Me A Book St. Louis

The Guild has partnered with Bring Me A Book St. Louis ( to help them reach their goal of bringing hardback quality books to under-resourced children to read aloud at home and school.  They provide bookcases and books to pre-kindergarten through first grade classrooms. 


The organization also provides books for the children to take home and keep.  The Guild is building small bookcases for the children to store those books in. Building and finishing about thirty boxes at a time allows every child in a classroom to get a bookcase at the same time. 


Shop Work Day BringMeABookStL - Saturday, TBD


Cut and router plywood and assemble pieces into kits.


·         Cut 1’ x 8’ pieces of ½” and 5/8” plywood into book box parts.

·         Use a jigsaw to cut handle holes in the 5/8” pieces.

·         Use a pattern bit and fixture on the router table to mill handles to finished dimension

·         Use the stacked dado head on the table saw to mill rabbets into the side and bottom pieces

·         Assemble parts into kits of two boxes per kit and wrap

Time Commitment:

Two hours


Day, Date and Times:


·         Saturday,

·         TBD

·         First Shift: 8:30 – 10:30

·         Second Shift: 10:30 – 12:30


Please contact Tom Tierney to sign up or if you have any questions. Your time to help on the BMABStL book box project will be very much appreciated.

Call or text: (314) 412–1817


NOTE: A work day will be scheduled in August to assemble the kits into the book boxes.



NEW: Pay your dues on-line at

You can pay for classes and mini-seminars at the link above.

If you do not have an account, click on Sign Up to Send Money.  (Everyone has to have an account).  Enter the information.

Click on Pay for item or services.  Enter   Enter the payment amount for the level of dues you want to pay.  Enter a note indicating the level of dues. Click on Send.  You are done.

As a result of the changes to the dues structure for 2018 you will see changes to Guild membership cards this year. First, Shop Monitors will have this stamped on the rear of their membership card. If your new card does not have this contact me. Beginning in  2018, a second level of membership provides for unlimited shop use (during “open shop” dates). All members are still required to have attended a Safety Class. Instead of a yellow dot to signify a safety class was completed, beginning now the card will have a round green stamp that says SLWG Safety. Both this green stamp or the yellow sticker are acceptable until the end of the year. In 2018 only the green stamp is valid. For a member who has paid a higher amount the rear of the card will be stamped Shop Member. Members electing to pay just the lower rate of $40.00 [$25 July 1 – August 31; $15 September 1 – December 31] are still allowed to use the shop up to four times a year. To keep track of the number of visits the Shop Monitor will put their initials on the back of the card for each visit. When four sets of initials are present admittance should be denied. Direct them to contact Tom Tupper, Membership Manager to upgrade their membership level. Amount of time spent in the shop on each visit is not a factor. Whether it is five minutes or five hours a visit is a visit. Shop Monitors still enjoy unlimited use of the shop during daylight hours while only paying the basic ($40.00) dues rate. The park closes at sunset and unless we are having a class (i.e. the Safety Class) the county does not want anyone in Faust Park after sundown.

If you have any questions about the above changes please contact me. 314-541-3047 or

Best Regards

Wayne Watson



Check out the latest update of the Library Listing on the Private Site.  Al Carlson has done a great job of creating a worksheet for Books and another worksheet for DVDs.  If you Al to bring a  specific item to the next meeting, sent Al an email at


Just in time for Amazon Prime Day ,11 July 2017, the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild is now listed with Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild. 

Simply go to, and select the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild as your organization that you want to receive donations from your eligible purchases.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.  You don’t make the donation, Amazon Smile does.  It truly is at no cost to you.  Just make sure you go to instead of  If you have any questions on how the program works, just send an email to Mike Sistek at .  It’s with programs like this that we can continue to keep the cost of membership to the guild low.

Have you seen our facebook page?  There are some great videos on there.







Focused Woodworking Groups - List of groups and members can be found  on the Private Site:  click on Members, Private Site. Log in. Scroll to the bottom of page.  See STLWW Focused Groups for instructions and group members.

Members phone and email address can be found in the PAID Membership List

If you do not yet have access to the Private Site, please send an email to the Webmaster at


New Shop Equipment

Through the efforts of Guild Member, John Bronson, Emerson Corporation ( Rigid Tools) has selected the Guild to test prototype tools in the Rigid Tool Line. We are responsible to provide accurate feedback by completing surveys throughout the test period. Emerson personnel may occasionally visit to record data. It is my understanding that after the test period Emerson will donate the tools to the Guild. The first two tools are new Shop Vacuums. The Board has agreed to rely on the Shop Monitors to provide the feedback. The new vacuums should be in place this weekend. Please use them like “rented mules” and then go to the survey sites to leave your feedback.

I am providing the survey links below. There is a separate link for each tool.  I will mark each machine so that we do not confuse the surveys. If this goes well we can expect future test tools from the Rigid line.

If you have any questions give me a call.

Survey Links


MOB (1650RV)

Self-cleaning filter (RV3410)


Once again thank you for all that do to make the Guild such a wonderful organization