January 2019 Newsletter

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Next Meeting 7:00 PM Thursday, January 17, 2019

                                                     Moolah Shrine Facility
 Meeting Location:                    12545 Fee Fee Road
                                                     St. Louis, MO  63146

Click here for Map to the Meeting Location

President’s Letter – January 2019

Welcome to 2019, I hope you all had a great Holiday Season. I am sorry we had to cancel the meeting in November, but it was felt that with the scheduled snowfall especially south of I-44 that it was better for all concerned. Tom & Leslie Tupper were the scheduled speakers and they have been rescheduled for our February meeting. 

Dan Coleman will be our speaker this month and will talk to us about how best to 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.

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.

Our annual Show and Tell and Silent Auction meeting this year will happen in April rather than March. This will give Guild Members an extra month to prepare to show off their work. It also allows us to schedule a speaker that we wanted to include for this year who was only available in March.

I hope you can attend our meeting on the 17th, I will see you there.



We’re looking forward to continuing to feature the fantastic projects created by Guild Members and shown at each meeting this year!!!


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Toy Program – 2018 Final Counts
2018 was an outstanding year for the toy program. Donations to the guild were 9,304 for the year and 7,995 were donated to hospitals with another 759 going to the children’s  programs for a total of 8,754 going to children in the St Louis area.  Everyone in the Guild should be proud of the program and its growth over the last few years.
2014   –   1,950 toys
2015   –   2,762 toys
2016   –   5,112 toys
2017   –   6,019 toys
2018   –   8,754 toys
We set out to hit a goal of 60,000 total toys donated and ended up the year with 62,613 total toys donated since the start of the program.  In addition to local children’s hospitals, items were donated to Toys for Tots, Santa’s Helpers, and St Louis Crisis Nursery. 

Bill Meuth, our largest toy contributor, will be at the January meeting to accept an honorary Guild membership.  He will talk a little about challenges he faces in the shop as he is legally blind.
To celebrate reaching the 60,000 donation level, we will be having cake and ice cream at the January meeting.
Thanks to a generous contribution from Emerson, we now carry larger inventories of wheels and other related parts.  Check out the toy table at the monthly meeting for supplies.
We have plenty of car bodies ready for the Woodworking Show in February and do not need more.
With the donations we made in December we have virtually no inventory of toys to deliver.  Please take advantage of the cold weather to build toys in your shop or at Faust Park.
2019 Goals for the toy program are in flux.  We will be including a questionnaire with the January toy donations to see how many the hospitals would like to receive and if there are items they favor or would prefer to have less of.
The Toy Build Day at Rockler last weekend was cancelled due to snow but will be rescheduled for a later date.

Toy Committee


There is a great article about our toy program in the December 2018 Issue of Woodworker’s Journal. Click on this button to read it!!!
Some of the toys donated in December.


February 23rd has been set as our first Toy Build Day at the Faust Park shop. 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 suitable for new woodworkers but experienced members are encouraged to help as well.  More information will be available at the January meeting.

Toy Tally

YTD — 9,304


YTD for 2018– 8,754
Since 1994 — 62,613!

2018 Target and Challenge Results

Target for Delivered Items:  6,141                         Final:  142%


Target for Member Participation:  30%                  Final:   11%
                                          Always Looking for a few more 1st Timers! 

2018 Key Toy Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth – 1,960
Wayne Humphrey – 1,690
 Rich Sanders – 1,373
Bob Zahner – 1025

Over 500 Club
Steve Briner – 680


Over 300 Club
Keith Lissant – 458
Dale Norman – 440

Over 100 Club
Dan Sudkamp – 231
Bill Schuchat – 207
John Bronson – 201
David Knudson – 170
Al Carlson – 141
Jerry Lammers – 137

Toy Pattern Library is Growing

Keep checking the website for new patterns throughout the year as well as the schedule for donating seasonal items.  We’ll continue to add new and interesting patterns for all levels of woodcrafters so check back often.
Find patterns at:  https://slwg.org/toyplans.aspx

Hospitals that we currently donate toys to include:

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Mercy Children’s Hospital St. Louis
Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Bridge Hospital

Toy Committee

Wayne Humphrey: (314) 440-2173
Vickie Berry: (972) 741-1944
Bill Schuchat: (314) 406-1823

Bob Zahner: (314) 291-1878
Hal Donovan: (314) 570-6563

Please contact us with comments, suggestions or if you need to arrange pickup or delivery of toys.

Bring Me A Book Team News

Ninety six book box kits were handed out to members in early December for a 2018 total of 520. Due to the weather affecting the plywood delivery, additional kits will not be available at the January 17 meeting. An email will be sent notifying members when the kits will be available.

However, Michael Shipley, BMAB Director, will be at the meeting to pickup assembled boxes. Also, we hope to have box handle templates available then too.

Thank you to the members who have supported the BMAB program by building boxes.

For those Guild Members who are delivering boxes to Tom Tierney at the meeting, please see Tom before unloading them from your vehicle.  It will save some effort if the transfer can happen in the parking lot.

Book Boxes delivered to BMABStl as of Dec. 31:



Tom Tierney heads up this project for the Guild.  About 35 Guild members have participated in the project so far. If you would like to participate in the project, please contact Tom. 



Woodworking Weekend with Doug Stowe

                 Date:          Friday Evening, Feb. 15,  Time to be announced
                                   Saturday, Feb, 16,  Time to be announced
                                   Sunday, February 17, Time to be announced
                                   Moolah Shrine Facility
                                   12545 Fee Fee Rd
                                   St. Louis, MO 63146

Faust Park Toy Build Day

                 Date:         Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019
                                   Morning and afternoon sessions
                                   Faust Park Guild Workshop

Bring Me A Book Shop Work Day

                 Date:         TBD
                                   Faust Park Guild Workshop

Rockler Toy Build Day

                 Date:         Next Date TBD  9:00 AM-6:00 PM
                                   Rockler Woodworking and Hardware
                                   11977 St Charles Rock Road – Suite 110A
                                   Bridgeton, MO 63044

A Special Weekend
Doug Stowe


The Guild has arranged for a very special weekend of woodworking knowledge, insights and fun!  Doug Stowe will be coming to St. Louis in February 2019 exclusively to give our Guild members a taste of his woodworking expertise. Doug is a nationally known builder, teacher and author in the woodworking craft. He has received numerous awards including an “Arkansas Living Treasure” designation from that state. He has taught at Marc Adams School of Woodworking as well as many others. 

The seminar will be held February 16thand 17that the Moolah Shrine 12545 Fee Fee Road, St Louis 63146.  Doug will also host a meeting on Friday evening, February 15th free of charge to all Guild Members.  Times to be announced at the meeting.

This two-day event will also include a light lunch each day and is only $75.00 per Guild Member. Seating will be limited for this event so do not delay in reserving your spot. 

For further Information contact Wayne Watson.

Annual Woodworking Show

February 8-10

Collinsville, IL

Don’t miss this!!!!
The Guild is looking for volunteers to man the SLWG Table on 3 hour shifts.  Sign up at the meeting or contact Wayne Watson or Mike Sistek.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Scrapers, Scraping Planes and Scratch Stocks
                                     When:         March 30th 2019
                                     Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                                     Cost:           $25
                                     Materials:   Provided with the cost of the class
                                     Tool List:     Available upon sign-up
                                     Class Size:    6 Students
                                     Instructor:      Mike Sistek

Decorative Line Inlay (Part I)
                                     When:         April 27th 2019
                                     Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                                     Cost:           $25
                                     Materials:   A material list will be included in the tool list
                                     Tool List:     Available upon sign-up
                                     Class Size:    4 Students
                                     Instructor:      Don Snyder

Decorative Line Inlay (Part II)
                                     When:         April 28th 2019
                                     Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                                     Cost:           $25
                                     Materials:   Provided with the cost of the class
                                     Tool List:     Available upon sign-up
                                     Class Size:    4 Students
                                     Instructor:      Don Snyder
Note:  Decorative Line Inlay Parts I & II can be taken either as a stand alone class or together. 

Decorative Inlay (Fans, Berries, Flowers, & Other Shapes)
                                     When:         May 28th 2019
                                     Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                                     Cost:           $25
                                     Materials:   A material list will be included in the tool list
                                     Tool List:     Available upon sign-up
                                     Class Size:    4 Students
                                     Instructor:      Don Snyder

Basic Router Jigs & Fixtures
                                     When:         June 29th & 30th 2019
                                     Time:          9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                                     Cost:           $50
                                     Materials:   A material list will be included in the tool list
                                     Tool List:     Available upon sign-up
                                     Class Size:    6 Students
                                     Instructor:      Mike Sistek

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

Faust Park Workshop Information

  • To participate in the Workshop Safety Class or use the shop, you must have paid the current year Guild dues and have your current membership card with appropriate marking.
  • To use the Guild Workshop during open hours, you must have passed a Workshop Safety Class. 

February Shop Hours
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

Next Shop Safety Class

          Thursday, January 24, 2019
           6:30 PM
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $20 for Current Members

The Guild is looking for new Shop space

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

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 5,000 sf
  3. Floor: Minimum 3” thick concrete slab
  4. Ceiling Height: 8 to 12 feet
  5. Electric: 400 amp Single Phase (3-Phase a plus but not required)
  6. Lighting: adequate fixtures in place for manufacturing
  7. Plumbing: Restroom(s) and kitchen sink
  8. HVAC: Heated and air conditioned
  9. Parking: 20-50 spaces
  10. Garage Door: at least one 8 foot wide drive-in door
  11. Dock: Optional – Standard truck height 
Please contact Tom Tierney (314) 412-1817 if you have any questions or comments.


Annual membership renewal period is now open and you can renew online with PayPal (preferred, as this speeds up the check-in process at the meeting) or at the meeting when you sign in.  Current membership status is required for use of the Faust Park Shop.

Annual Membership Dues:

Basic Membership            $40    (4 uses of the Guild Shop during 2019)
Full Shop Membership                $75    (Unlimited use of the Guild Shop during 2019)

A basic membership entitles the member to four uses of the Guild Shop during the year.  A shop membership entitles the member to unlimited use of the shop during open shop hours.

The Guild accepts cash, check, credit cards or PayPal for dues payment.

Nominations for 2019 Board Election

Nominating Committee Seeking Candidates
The Guild Nominating Committee (Tom Tupper, Chair; Tom Tierney; Don Snyder) is seeking candidates for this year’s election of Executive Board Members.  The Committee invites members who might have an interest in any of the four Officer positions (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer) or the four Director positions to contact any member of the Committee to learn more about any of the positions or to make known your interest. Nominees will be presented at the March meeting and the election will be held at the April meeting.  Nominations may be made from the floor at either meeting.
Committee Contact Info:

Tom Tupper         trtupper@yahoo.com                   636-236-3313
Don Snyder          dis@ee.wustl.edu                        314-780-5443
Tom Tierney 
       tmtierney@gmail.com                   314-412-1817

If you are a current or retired Boeing employee you can now contribute to the St. Louis Woodworker’s guild through the Boeing Gift Match program.  The guild is now an approved charitable organization with the Boeing program.  As an employee participant, your donation of $25.00 USD or more or the equivalent volunteer hours of 25 hours or more will be matched 1:1 by Boeing.  The maximum individual contribution is $6,000.00 or 6,000 volunteer hours.  Your contribution is tax deductible as long as you follow three simple steps:

Step 1:  Eligible Boeing employees or retirees first make a contribution directly to the guild

Step 2:  After making your donation go to Total Access and click on My Community Giving – GIVE – Gift Match on the Boeing Gift Match page.

Step 3:  Register your donation whether it’s monetary or volunteer hours and select The St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild and enter the total amount and the date of the contribution.

It’s that easy, you get a great tax break and it benefits the guild directly.  If you have any questions, please email Mike Sistek at president@slwg.org and if I don’t know the answer, I will try to find it for you.

The St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild is now listed with Amazon Smile.

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

Simply go to smile.amazon.com 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 smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.  If you have any questions on how the program works, just send an email to Mike Sistek at president@slwg.org .

Join The Guild Today!

Member Benefits Include:
> Discounts at Guild sponsors
> Access to the Guild Shop & Project Workshops 
> Access to a local community of woodworkers
> Access to the secure portion of the website
Just Complete & Return This Application!
Or, bring the completed form to the next meeting and Join right there!!!  Cash, checks, or credit cards accepted.

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Bob Brinkmann – 314.378.1893
Vice President:
Wayne Watson – 314.541.3047

Keith Lissant – 314.962.1907
Tom Tierney – 314.412.1817

Grant Black (exp. 2020)
John Bronson (exp. 2019)
Violet Oman (exp. 2022)
Vickie Berry (exp. 2021)

Marketing & Membership Chairman:
Wayne Watson

Membership Secretary:
Mark Zupec

Woodworking Show Committee:
Wayne Watson

Charitable Requests Coordinator:
Mike Sistek

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee:
Wayne Humphrey

Class Coordinator:
Joe Paszkiewicz

Cecil Robertson

Our Sponsors

The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild relies heavily on sponsorship to execute on our mission statement of education, community service, and local development. Please support our sponsors. 

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