March 2019 Newsletter

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Next Meeting 7:00 PM Thursday, March 21, 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 – March 2019

This month Stephen Crouse will be telling us how he built a lift on his basement stairway that he uses to move projects and materials to his shop. He tells us that he built it for about $200 sourcing many of the parts from Harbor Freight. Steve is coming  from Wisconsin to make this presentation. Wayne Watson met him through his reading an article about our toy program and calling us for information on how it works.

Our annual Show and Tell and Silent Auction meeting will be held in April this year. As usual, if you would like to bring a snack or dessert to share at the April meeting it would be appreciated by all. Also coming up in April is election of officers for the new fiscal year.

I hope you can attend our meeting on the 21st, I will see you there.


Last Month’s Meeting

Making a Chair


Foot Stool


Tom and Leslie Tupper

Tom and Leslie Tupper carried us through all of the steps that they learned in making this beautiful Michael Fortune designed mahogany chair plus a footstool.  Tom and Leslie attended a weeklong course led by Michael Fortune at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, learning skills and techniques from this master and applied what they learned plus their own knowledge of woodworking to complete the project.
These were really two projects: the chair, which was the subject of the Marc Adams course, plus the stool, which was a design by Tom and Leslie in the same style of the chair. In addition, Tom and Leslie have a matching set in progress in their shop. The chair was the feature article in Fine Woodworking, June and August 2014 issues.

Some of the tools and materials used to make and use the forms.
The main form for the arms and front legs.

A few facts about the project:

  • The chair is constructed of 22 pieces of mahogany, of which 16 are bent laminations and 6 are solid pieces.
  • They made 9 patterns for the chair.
  • The laminations were made from 1/8” thick pieces which were cut from 5/4 stock.
  • They used Titebond III for the laminations which gave them an open time of about 15 minutes for the glue-up.
  • Bendable plywood was used for the tops of the curved forms.  
  • The project was finished with 5 coats of Epifanes Spar Varnish using a foam brush and rags.

Tom and Leslie graciously offered free suggestions and maybe the loan of pattern pieces to members of the Guild who would be interested in tackling this project on their own. Anyone who might be interested should contact Tom at

The finished chair, what a beauty!!!


Rich Sanders showed us a walnut serving tray, one of the first projects that he made using a Craftsman radial arm saw back in the 70’s.
Brad Bernhard showed us a partially completed 18th century replica mahogany Chippendale table base that he has been working on in his shop.  We are looking forward to seeing the completed table soon!!!

Bill Miller demonstrated a coil binding that can be used on existing pattern books or other bound spine documents such as magazines that you want to lay flat.  Also, a scroll sawed MOM from cherry.

Website Survey

David Zemon sent out an email to all members requesting input on the new website design and content.  The more responses we receive, the better our newly designed website will be able to reflect the needs of the Guild.  Please dig this email out and respond or use this LINK.

Thank you for participating!


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community


The toy build at Faust Park on February 23rd resulted in a lot of parts but no assembled vehicles.  On Saturday, March 23rd , we will have a Toy Truck Assembly Day at the shop.  There will be some finish sanding but the bulk of the time will be gluing and nailing units together.  The finished trucks will look like these pictures.

The morning shift is full, but we need at least three volunteers for the afternoon shift (1 PM to 4 PM). 

If you would like to participate, contact Bill Schuchat at


Guild members met at Rockler on March 2ndto build toys and share their experiences with Rockler customers.  Over the day there were 99 toys built and a lot of car bodies prepped for assembly. More than a dozen cars were built by children and taken home to be played with and shared with brothers and sisters.  
Guild members got to try out several different pieces of equipment including a really nice SawStop setup and Dewalt and Excalibur scroll saws.  

It is surprising to find out the number of woodworkers that don’t realize the Guild exists and the benefits of belonging to the guild.  I am confident that several new members will result from the customer interaction.
Guild members participating in the event include Mike Seevers, Bob Meyers, Bob Zahner, David Hoffman, Hal Donovan, Donald Turner, Keith Lissant, Bill Schuchat, and Wayne Humphrey.  Suzie Romine also spent several hours with a scroll saw cutting out butterflies.  

Thanks to all that helped make this event a success.

Daniel Donovan, age 3, builds a car with the help of Mike Seevers

Effective immediately, Bill Schuchat is assuming the role of Toy Committee Chair.  Our current Chair, Wayne Humphrey, is stepping into another role at the Guild.  We want to thank Wayne for his leadership and guidance during the past few years and his help in growing the toy program.

Some of last month’s toy donations.

Toy Tally

February — 837
YTD — 2,031

February — 710
YTD — 1,518

Since 1994 — 64,131!

2019 Major Contributors

Over 500 Club
Bill Meuth – 541

Over 300 Club
Wayne Humphrey – 336

Over 100 Club
Rich Sanders – 282
Charlie Goria – 109
Steve Briner – 105
Dale Norman – 100

2019 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  6,141                         To Date:  21%


Target for Member Participation:  10%                  To Date:   5%
                                                                          16 Members so far!

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:

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

Bill Schuchat: (314) 406-1823
Vickie Berry: (972) 741-1944

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

Fifty-six book box kits were handed out to members on March 10 to bring the total book box count to 668. Eighteen of the 2-box kits will be available at the March 21 meeting for members who want to build book boxes.
BMABStL plans to hand out about 200 book boxes and 1,000 books in March at events rescheduled from events they had to cancel due to bad weather in January and February.
Please bring your completed book boxes to the March 21 meeting. If you need glue or a handle template (fingers crossed) please see me as you come in.

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

For those Guild Members who are delivering completed boxes, please set your boxes in or near the White Ford F150 parked at the rear entrance on the lower level. Two-book box, flat-packed kits, will be available in or near the pickup truck as well.

Please make sure to tell Tom the number of book boxes you have returned.

Book Boxes delivered to BMABStl as of Feb. 28:



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 Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Scrapers, Scraping Planes and Scratch Stocks
(Sold out, get on the waiting list!)
                                     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)
(Sold out, get on the waiting list!)
                                     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 Part I is a prerequisite class 

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
          Note:  Decorative Line Inlay Part I is a prerequisite class 

Basic Router Jigs & Fixtures
(Sold out, get on the waiting list!)
                                     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 Eric Oman 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  at   or     636-248-0069

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. 

April Shop Hours

Apr. 6 & 7,        9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Apr. 9 & 10,     10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Apr. 13 & 14,     9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Apr. 16 & 17,   10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Next Shop Safety Class

          Thursday, April 4, 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.

Click here to pay dues online

2019 Officers and Executive Board Member Election

Nominating Committee Report
The Guild Nominating Committee will present its slate of candidates for this year’s election of Officers and Executive Board Members at the March meeting and the election will be held at the April meeting.  Nominations may be made from the floor at either meeting.

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 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, 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 .

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:
Bill Schuchat

Class Coordinator:
Eric Oman

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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Kohler City Hardwoods

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