September 2019 Newsletter

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Next Meeting 7:00 PM Thursday, September 19, 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 — September 2019

The Guild’s Annual Picnic was held Saturday the 14that Shaw Nature Preserve.  Tours of one of the original homes and furniture building using honeysuckle were two of the attractions.  Thanks to Tom and Leslie Tupper for putting the event together and to all others that helped.
This month’s meeting will be starting with a social hour.  Soft drinks, coffee and snacks will be provided.  Please come early and check out the library, toys, “Show and Tell” items and just chat with other members of the Guild.  Doors are open about six pm, so any time after that works fine.  
We will have our usual raffle of gift cards and also be raffling off 4 more mallets made by Ron Bontz.  If you never used one they would sure look good setting on your bench or desk at work. Ron donated 8 of these and these are the final 4.  We will also be raffling off a bottle stopper made by John Bronson.  John has shown these in the past and they are works of art.
The subject of the meeting this month is unique holiday gifts that you can make. Presenters will explain how to make the items and show examples of their work.  You realistically have about 10 weeks to get gifts done so you should be getting started.
We are looking ahead to next year and discussing what shop improvements that we should make.  If you have any thoughts, please pass them on to Wayne Watson or any other board member.
The Guild is nothing without our members.  Come on out and participate in the meetings and events, give us suggestions on classes you would like to have, meeting subjects you would like to see, and “rock stars” you would like to have in for two day learning sessions.  The more effort you put into participation, the better the Guild will be.

See you at the meeting on Thursday,

Wayne Humphrey

Last Month’s Meeting

Live Edge Furniture
with David Stine

David Stine, award winning furniture builder, was the featured speaker at the August meeting. Working from wood harvested on his family’s (5 generations) thousand acre farm near Grafton Illinois, David builds primarily live edge items for home, office, and restaurants.   Given his source of wood, the bigger the item, the better.  (The table in the bar setting below is a piece of Osage Orange.)
David spent the first part of his life getting an education and finding that being a lawyer was not really what he wanted to be.  He spent long weekends working timber on the farm and with the encouragement of his wife, Stephanie, he returned home to become a furniture maker.

David and his crew cut timber in the coldest part of the winter and immediately cut and stack the slabs for drying for about three years.  A trip through the kiln for drying and another bake to kill bugs and he has a piece that he can consider using in his products.  

When he gets an order, the bad spots in the wood have to be removed and stabilized with epoxy.

Live edges have the bark removed while retaining the characteristics of the edge.

After flattening, sanding, adding bowties if necessary, and working around embedded barbed wire and 


 bullets (see middle of slab), he has a slab that is ready to be finished.
The finished products are ready to go into the board room, office, restaurants, bedrooms or any other location where a unique, one of a kind piece of furniture is desired.


Dan Lender showed us cherry and walnut trays he made using box joints and 20 degree compound angles.  He noted that the most difficult part was getting the correct angle on the screws up from the bottom into the sides.
Don Snyder gave us a slide presentation about Math in Woodworking. We captured his slideshow and put it on the SLWG website HERE.

Don has a great personal website HERE with links to the math notes that are referenced in the slide show.

Alex Weidenbenner refinished a table top using a trompe l’oeil technique with a T-shirt and walnut and cherry stains resulting in an eye-poping three-dimensional effect.
Jessica Kirchner showed us a shaker candle box that she made using reclaimed box elder wood.
Rich Sanders showed us a Bluenote Arch clock base and a miniature Violin-Guitar stand.
Jay Noffsinger brought in 5+ nesting cherry Shaker oval boxes that he and his wife learned to make at a weekend workshop at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.
Jay also showed slides of an English Arts & Crafts quarter sawn oak bookcase with glass doors that he made for a previous project class at MASW led by Nancy Hiller.
Adam Conners showed us a project that he did at a Marc Adams School of Woodworking weekend workshop, a Kumiko box constructed of eastern white pine with cherry-splined corners.

Woodworking Equipment SALE
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild will be selling surplus woodworking equipment that the Guild owns.  It will be by sealed bid, open only to current members.  The items range from small hand tools to large pieces of equipment, mostly used.  The Guild has quite a few items, but we will only be selling about three to five items per month.

Robert “Bob” J. Zahner passed away on September 6, 2019.  Bob retired as the owner/operator of Ladue Barber Shop in 2013. In his retirement, he became an avid woodworker, making toys for children in hospitals through the Guild Toy Program.  He was one of our more prolific toy makers.

He served on the Toy Committee for several years and was part of the monthly delivery team.

Bob was repeatedly one of our major contributors donating many different types of toys.  He was a dedicated scroll saw enthusiast and always surprised us with the variety of animals and toys he produced. He will be dearly missed and hard to replace.

Thank Note received by the Guild for Phil Haskins’ Flowers

Dear Woodworkers,

Thank you for the lovely flowers you sent in Phil’s Memory.

You were a special group of people to Phil.  He enjoyed the meetings, classes, and friends he made at the Woodworkers Guild.

Your meetings were the highlight of his month.

Again, thank you
Valerie Murray


Have you had a chance to visit our new website? One of the best features is the new “Announcements” page, now titled “News,” which gets updated on a regular basis with Guild business and Community news. Check it out at

2019 SLWG Picnic
at the
Shaw Nature Reserve

First we started out with a tour of the Bauscom House and the wildflower garden.
Then we gathered for a green wood construction demonstration.
Dale Dufer, with the assistance of a couple of budding woodworkers, gave us a demonstration of how to construct a small table using honeysuckle branches.
Dale noted that the abundance of honeysuckle in Missouri made for a free and almost infinite supply of raw materials for this purpose.
Click on this button for an article about Dale and his work with honeysuckle wood.
Leslie and Tom Tupper did a great job of organizing this event. Here, Leslie is making the supplies meet the demand as Brad Bernhard decides which type of chicken to pick.
The dessert and salads tables were loaded with good stuff!
Bill Schuchat looks over the dessert table.  What a decision to make!!!
After the first pass through the line, everyone sat down for good conversation and fellowship before heading back to the dessert table.


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Bill Schuchat giving out toy parts at the Toy Table at the August meeting.


We had few boxes donated in July and August.  We have an ongoing need for boxes of all sizes for the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.  The foster children who receive these boxes treasure them as their own personal space even though they are not living in their family’s home.  Larger boxes are used for school papers while small boxes hold personal items such as jewelry and trinkets.

For box sizing and design suggestions, please see the following link:

Toy Program Small Box Design Details


The Guild is compiling a list of all the community outreach programs that the Guild has done over its history so that we have specific information to put into grant proposals or for other uses. Even if you have lots of details or only a snippet, we value this input.  The outreach that we are looking for is any work by the Guild or Guild members for community organizations such as Boy Scouts, Hospitals, Schools, etc. Our ongoing programs of Toy donations and Build-a-Box are large-scale examples, but there have been numerous examples of smaller projects.  Please email any information you have to support this effort to Bill Schuchat at

Quality Checks

The quality check efforts continue to pay off.  We had asked members to perform an extra quality check on their items to ensure there were no sharp edges or corners. Thanks for taking this extra step; the results have led to a higher finish quality on the toys we are donating.


90 “kits of parts” for kids ages 10-11 have been collected for the children to assemble in class. Five different kit plans ( airplane, flatbed truck, stake body truck, road grader and a train engine) for this project were used to produce the kits. We’ll be meeting with the teacher next week to deliver the kits and to schedule the future classes when the kits will be assembled.If you’re interested in helping out in the classrooms please let Bill Schuchat know at 314-406-1823 or

Toy Tally

August — 617
YTD — 6,032

August — 556
YTD — 5,322

Since 1994 — 67,479!

2019 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth – 1,337
Wayne Humphrey – 1,040

Over 750 Club
Rich Sanders – 787

Over 500 Club

Over 300 Club
Bob Zahner – 417
Bill Schuchat – 365
Bill Love – 323
Dale Norman – 320

Over 100 Club
Charlie Goria – 202
Dan Sudkamp – 167
Steve Briner – 157
Keith Lissant – 130
Paul Bailey – 118


Jessica Kirchner

2019 Target and Challenge

Progress towards our 2019 targets:

Target for Delivered Items:  7,843                     To Date:  68% ACHIEVED

                                                                            Well on our way!!

Target for Member Participation:  10%             To Date:   18% ACHIEVED
                                                                                41 Members so far!

2019 Target and Challenge

Progress towards our 2019 targets:

Target for Delivered Items:  7,843                     To Date:  61% ACHIEVED

                                                                            Well on our way!!

Target for Member Participation:  10%             To Date:   18% ACHIEVED
                                                                                40 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:


The updated Toy Patterns have all been uploaded on the new Guild website.  If you have a toy pattern that you want included on the website, please get with Bill Schuchat (314-406-1823) or and he will get it taken care of. 

Organizations that we currently donate toys to include:

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


Toy Committee

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

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

BMABStL continues its programs of providing books and book boxes to underserved children in the St. Louis region.  Just over 200 boxes will be delivered in September and October. Programs are scheduled for the Lemay Manor Apartment Complex and for UCITY Night Out in partnership with the Horizon Housing Foundation and Washington Montessori School in partnership with the St. Louis Public Schools.
BMABStL is on the move to a new larger facility. Michael Shipley says the additional space is needed to allow him to consolidate his program into one location. Once Michael is settled into the new facility, we will begin to build boxes again. This should be in late October or the first week of November.
Our plywood supplier informed us that the Radiata plywood we have been using for the boxes will not be available for our next book box build. Instead, we will use a prefinished pine, birch or maple plywood.

We are currently looking for additional members to serve on the Book Box Committee. Please contact Tom Tierney if you are interested in becoming a Committee member or have any questions about the program. 
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.

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

Book Box Program Major Contributors

Over 50 Club
Greg Kuklinski – 100
Hal Donovan – 92
Bob Meyer – 66
Schrock – 66
Dan Sudkamp – 61

Over 25 Club
Jack McKay – 49

Steve Mettes – 42
Joe Turner – 41
Steve Briner – 39
John Vicini – 37
Don Turner – 34
Leo Weisman – 30
Craig Noel – 26

Bill Schuchat – 26

Book Box Tally

As of August 31, 2019

Unassembled Box Kits ready for members to pick up      0

Book Boxes in process of assembly                                  4

Book Boxes in QC                                                              0

Book Boxes Completed and Delivered  to BMABStl    
    since beginning of program in April 2018                 900

Book Box Committee

Tom Tierney: (314) 412-1817
Jack McKay: (314) 435-2232

Charles Schrock: (314) 822-3709

Volunteers Needed

The Guild needs volunteers in several areas. If you can help, please contact the indicated person.
Media Content Administrator
Responsible for:

  • Update content on the website as required.  (Not a technical administrator.)
  • Bulk of content should be provided to this person by others but may add material as they see fit.
  • Update content on Facebook and any other social media. Minimum of one update per week.
  • Bulk of content can be lifted from newsletters, provided by others, or interesting material found from any source.
  • Provide reports to the monthly Board meeting as the Administrator feels necessary or requested by the Board.
  • Interface with Technical Administrator of the website as required.  Interface with other members as required.

Outreach Coordinator
Oversite and coordination of all outreach activities of the guild including:

  • Respond to emails generated by the website.
  • Search for members to handle specific requested needs or programs.
  • Create and maintain ongoing programs to further the outreach goals of the Guild.
  • Liaison with existing outreach partners to determine specific needs and convey to appropriate program/committee leaders.
  • Oversee Toy Program and Book Box Program.
  • The Coordinator is not expected to run any of these programs unless they elect to, but should find members that want to manage a program or activity.
  • The coordinator will give reports to the Board at the monthly meeting as they feel is required or requested by the Board.

If you would like to help out at the Guild but can’t help with the above, let us know.  There is always a need for more help on lots of activities.

Check out the Events Calendar on the SLWG website HERE.




GEORGE WALKER, Furniture Designer

April 17-19, 2020

(More to come)

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Leigh Jig for Dovetails
(How to setup and use)
                          When:            Saturday, September 28, 2019
                          Time:              9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                          Cost:              $25
                          Materials:       Will be provided
                          Tool List:         No tools required
                          Class Size:     Minimum 3, maximum 4 participants
                          Prerequisite:   None
                          Instructor:       Mike Sistek
Inlay Methods 3
(lines & fan motifs, sand shading)
                          When:            Saturday, October 26, 2019
                          Time:              9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
                          Cost:              $20
                          Materials:       Will be provided
                          Tool List:         Available upon sign-up
                          Class Size:     Minimum 3, maximum 4 participants
                          Prerequisite:   Inlay Methods 1
                          Instructor:       Don Snyder

Make a Krenov-style Handplane
                          When:            Sat. and Sunday, November 16-17, 2019
                          Time:              9:00 AM – 4:00 PM both days
                          Cost:              $50
                          Materials:       Email Request to
                          Tool List:         Email Request as above
                          Class Size:     3 participants
                          Prerequisite:   None
                          Instructor:       Mike Sistek

Additional Upcoming Classes
(More details to come)

Oct. 26               Jigs & Fixtures             Mike Sistek
 (Make-up date for this sold-out class — no openings available)

We need Guild Member input to suggest woodworking subjects that you want to learn about!  We have had to cancel some classes due to lack of enough registrations and we want to keep this to a minimum.

Also, if you are interested in a BASIC WOODWORKING CLASS, please contact Eric.  We need a minimum of 6 participants to schedule these sessions.

Please send any suggestions to Eric Oman at the address/phone number below.

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

Inlay Class Description

Decorative Inlay (Part 3)

Learn to make and inlay decorative objects in the form of fans, ovals, berries, flowers and other shapes.  Hand tools and Dremel-style routers will be used.  Learn to make fans and other shapes by using veneers with sand-shaded parts to give a three-dimensional visual effect.  Inlaid objects like these add interest to drawer fronts, boxes and other woodworking projects.

Example (fan, line & berry):

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. 

October Shop Hours

Oct 5 & 6,       9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Oct 8 & 9,     10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Oct 12 & 13,  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Oct 15 & 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Make Checks for Safety Class payable to SLWG and attendees must bring their current Guild membership card.


Next Shop Safety Class

          Thursday, October 3rd
           6:30 PM    
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $20 for Current Members

To attend Safety Class, must RSVP by July 30 to

Recent Board Activities
A lot goes on that sometimes the general membership doesn’t hear about.  We will try to publish some bullet points every month to let you know about these items.
  • The Guild will participate in a National Woodworking Communication Project spearheaded by the San Diego Woodworkers Guild.  This will allow an exchange of information between the estimated 200 woodworking guilds in the United States. 
  • There is a need for better communications regarding some programs and a need for better information on the website concerning upcoming events. Steps were taken to improve this process.
  • We have a number of new folks that have volunteered to be shop monitors next year. With the increase in monitors available, the shop may be open additional weekdays in the future.

Join The Guild Today!


Annual membership renewal is available 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.

Member benefits also include:

                      > Discounts at Guild sponsors
                      > Access to 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, PayPal or credit cards accepted.

Click here to pay dues online


Jim Braun

Bill Grimes

Andy McLaughlin

Eric Morris


Long time members remember the Wood and Shop as being on North Lindbergh and the location of the origins of the Guild.  With airport expansion it had to move and many members lost track of their location.  The Wood and Shop is now located in Eolia, MO and is alive and well.  Bruce Denslow moved the shop there many years ago and basically expanded into an internet business although he still welcomes walk-in customers.
They have a large selection of exotic woods and can re-saw, plane, and sand to your desired thickness.  They also have a laser and can cut custom designs working off of your drawing that they scan.
Located about an hour north of west St Louis county, it is an easy drive and worth a visit when looking for unique woods.  Check out their website, for more information and an address to plug into your GPS.  When ordering, tell them you are a member of the St Louis Woodworker Guild and receive a 10% discount.


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 Wayne Humphrey 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 Wayne Humphrey at .

The St Louis Woodworkers Guild Inc has been issued a $45.80 donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation as a result of AmazonSmile program activity between April 1 and June 30, 2019.

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Wayne Humphrey – 314-440-2173

Vice President:
Wayne Watson – 314-541-3047

Tom Tupper – 636-236-3313

Tom Tierney – 314-412-1817

Grant Black (exp. 2020)
Vickie Berry (exp. 2021)
Violet Oman (exp. 2022)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)

Immediate Past President:
Bob Brinkmann

Marketing & Membership Chair:
Wayne Watson

Membership Coordinator:
Michael Graber

Woodworking Show Coordinator:
Wayne Watson

Book Box Committee Chair:
Tom Tierney

Outreach Coordinator:

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee Chair:
Bill Schuchat

Shop Manager:
Wayne Watson

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Eric Oman

Web Master:
David Zemon

Legal Counsel:
Bill Hobson

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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