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


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The February Shop hours are

Feb. 2 - 3                 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Feb. 5 - 6                10:00 am – 2:00 –pm

Feb. 9 - 10              9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Feb. 12 - 13            10:00 am – 2:00 –pm


Only 2019 membership cards will be honored!




• \\\\\\\\CANCELED DUE TO WEATHER////////// - Jan 12: Toy Build 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware 11977 St. Charles Rock Road, Bridgeton, MO 314.731.2761
We need 2-3 volunteers from 9:00 – 1:00 and 4 volunteers from 1:00 – 5:00. The morning shift will set up and talk to customers about the Guild. From 11:00 to Noon there is a demonstration and then volunteers will be running equipment – same as this year. This year we plan on having toy kits customers can take home, build and return to Rockler. More information will be available in January so mark your calendars today.

• Jan 17: Monthly Meeting: Dan Coleman will be our speaker this month and will talk to us about how bestto maintain our stationary power tools. He will also have a question and answer session for your specific items of interest.

 David Stine was originally scheduled to speak on Natural Edge Design this month but he had to postpone to later in the year due to health issues.
Working with live edge stock to make tables, benches, etc. with David Stein.

Also at this meeting we are celebrating with
cake and ice cream the
achievement of our 60,000 toy delivery milestone for children in local hospitals.

• Jan 26-27 Mini-Workshop: Router work shop

•  Feb 8-10:  The Wood Working Show, Collinsville, IL

•  Feb 15-16-17: Weekend Workshop: Woodworking with Doug Stowe at the Moolah Shrine
12545 Fee Fee Road, St Louis 63146.

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

Daily schedule and cost: It will begin on Friday evening February 15th with a short “get acquainted“ presentation by Doug Stowe. This evening program is open to all Guild members and their spouses at no charge. The special two day program at the Moolah Temple, will kick off on Saturday morning February 16th at 9:00 am and continue until around 4:00 pm. It continues on Sunday February 17th at 9:00 am and end approximately at 3:00 pm. The guild will provide coffee and donuts in the morning and lunch each day. The cost for this weekend seminar is $75.00. Seating will be limited to sign up quickly if you want a spot. You can pay via PayPal on our website. List the Doug Stowe Seminar in your submittal.

•  February 21: Tom & Leslie Tupper

• February 23: Faust Park Toy Guild Day. There will be two time slots – one in the morning and the second after lunch. Mark your calendar and plan on joining us. The project will be suitablefor new woodworkers but experienced members are encouraged to help as well. More information will be available in January.  Toy Build 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Faust Park Shop

• March 21: Monthly Meeting:  Speaker


• April 18: Monthly Meeting: Members Show and Tell.  Silent Auction.  Bring your woodworking projects and show us what you have been up to.
Bring your extra tools that you no longer need.  Members will bid on them.



• March 30: Woodworking Class: Scrapers, Scraping Planes and Scratch Stocks.  With Mike Sistek.  9am-4pm Cost $25 includes materials.  Tool list available upon sign-up.  Class Size: 6 Students



• April 27: Woodworking Class: Decorative Line Inlay (part 1) with Don Snyder.  9am-4pm. Material list and tool list available upon sign-up.  Class size: 4 students.  Cost: $25.


• April 28: Woodworking Class: Decorative Line Inlay (part 2) with Don Snyder.  9am-4pm. Material list and tool list available upon sign-up.  Class size: 4 students.  Cost: $25.

Note: Decorative Line Inlay Parts I & II can be taken either as a stand alone class or together.




• May 28:  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 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.


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 Joe Paszkiewicz 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 Joe Paszkiewicz


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 Joe Paszkiewicz  314-570-3653




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, 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.



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