New meeting location: Moolah Shrine, 12545 Fee Fee Road, St. Louis, MO 63146 314-878-6301 Click on the map below to get directions.

Moolah Shrine

Link: Moolah Shrine 12454 Fee Fee

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, July 21, 2018


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,

·         July 21, 2018,

·         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.


Fundamentals of Woodworking Class: Beginning in May!  Learning the Essential Skills of Good Craftmanship.  See description.  To enroll see James Payne. For questions contact Wayne Watson at or 314-541-3047

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 (either $40 [$25 July 1 – August 31; $15 September 1 – December 31] for regular rate or $75 [$60 July 1 – August 31; $45 September 1 – December 31]for the shop rate).  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.

Fine Woodworking discount subscription to the online membership of their site.  See Private Site for more info.

• Please check out the new topics in the Forum 

New Policy - Open Shop Hours in the Guild's Faust Park workshop.  NO reservation required. NO payment required!    1st & 2nd weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each month 9:00 - 5:00pm.  NEW = the shop will open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the first and second full weeks of each month.  Guild membership must be current. Must have completed safety class. Must have signed a liability waiver.



August Shop Hours

August 4th & 5th                 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 7th & 8th                 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

August 11th & 12th             9:00 am – 5:00 pm

August 14th & 15th             10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Only 2018 membership cards will be honored!


July Safety Class                             July 26 at 6:30 pm

August Safety Class                            Aug 23 at 6:30       

This class is required prior to utilizing the Guild’s woodshop during “Open Shop” hours. The cost is $20.00 (checks payable to SLWG) Plan on 3 hours.


RECALL: fire extinguisher

Most if not all SLWG members have at least one fire extinguisher in their shop/home.  There has been a safety recall of very many extinguishers made by Kidde in the years from the early 1970s to now. 

Here is the recall notice from the Consumer Product Safety Commission:

  Here is the website by Kidde where model numbers being recalled can be checked and a replacement arranged for any in the recall list:


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




• July 19: Monthly Meeting: Jigs: Show and Tell

Bring your jigs and tell us about them.


Next Safety Class Scheduled    

The next Safety Class is scheduled for Thursday evening July 26 at 6:30 pm. The one time cost is $20.00 (make checks payable to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild). You must bring your current membership card with you. Expect the class to run about three hours. This class is required prior to members using the shop during “ Open Shop Hours.”  No prior reservation is required to attend this class.

• July 26: Safety Class is scheduled for Thursday evening July 26 at 6:30 pm. The one time cost is $20.00.  See above. 

August Safety Class                            Aug 23 at 6:30    


• July 28: CANCELED  Mini-Workshop: Sharpening Edge Tools.  Chisels, plane irons, and other edge tools must be sharp and kept sharp or they are fairly useless for quality woodworking. This is a skill that will pay dividends in all of your future woodworking. You will learn to utilize the equipment that the Guild has available in the shop to bring your edge tools up to standard. We will also discuss and demonstrate several other sharpening methods to allow you to make an informed decision on the best method for your going forward. This class will deal with chisels, plane irons, scrapers and marking gauges and knives. Students are encouraged to bring a sample of each.   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM


• August 16: Monthly Meeting: IWCS: International Wood Collectors Society A Dedicated Group of Wood Collectors and Crafters  Wes Kolkmeier and Garry Roux will discuss the IWCS, what they do and display various species of wood.

They will discuss the upcoming IWCS Annual General Meeting  in St. Charles, MO. on August 22 - 26, 2018.  You are invited to attend and see various demonstrations and speakers.  And do not forget the Wood auction on Saturday morning.

• Sept 15: Mini-Workshop: Tune Up Your Handplane. If you have a flea market find or grandfather’s old Handplane, bring it to this class to learn how to put it into working order. Even newly purchased tools will benefit as they are rarely ready to work out of the box. This one day class will teach you the steps required to tune and use the tool that is most identified with quality woodworking. Requirements are: A quality
(Stanley, Winchester, Miller Falls, etc.) metal handplane. We will discuss the types of handplanes and their uses, sharpen irons, joint the sole and adjust throats as required.   10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Cost: $25.00

• Sept 20: Monthly Meeting: 4 Methods of Sharpening.  Members will move from station to station to see and do different methods of sharpening your tools.

• Oct 18: Monthly Meeting: Iowa Bus Tour: Let's go up north to Iowa for the day and visit Woodsmith Magazine, Bench Craft and Wood Magazine.  More details coming.

•  Nov 15: Monthly Meeting: Panel of Experts discuss various wood working topics.  Get your questions ready!

• Nov 17-18: Mini-Workshop: Decorative Veneering 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM Cost: $25.00. Tool list to be determined. Veneer provided.

•  Feb 14-16: Weekend Workshop: Woodworking with Doug Stowe

Doug Stowe began his woodworking career in 1976.

In 1977 Doug founded the Eureka Springs Guild of Artists and Craftspeople. In 1995, he started writing books and articles about woodworking. In 1998, he was one of three founders of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.

In 2001 he started the Wisdom of the Hands Program at the Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to prove the value of wood shop and hands-on learning. In 2006 he began his blog, Wisdom of the Hands. In 2009, the Arkansas Arts Council named Doug an Arkansas Living Treasure for his work with wood and in education.

He has published 90 articles in various woodworking magazines and educational journals and has written 13 books on woodworking techniques.

More about Doug on his web site at: and

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