November 2019 Newsletter

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Next Meeting 7:00 PM Thursday, November 21, 2019

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

Click here for Map to the Meeting Location

Note that this month’s meeting is in the Ballroom located on the upper level.  Members can access the Ballroom from the front main entrance on the first floor or from the lower level entrance and up to the first floor. No direct entrance into the Ballroom from the outside. 

President’s Letter — November 2019

The November meeting will be the last meeting for the year and the Holiday Party on December 5th will be the last scheduled event.  While it appears that nothing will go on for a period of time, behind the scenes there will be a lot of preparation taking place for 2020.  Meeting programs are being planned and finalized and new emphasis is being put on mini workshops.  
Our January meeting will be a recognition of the many members that contribute in so many ways to make things happen.  There will be drawings for gift cards and plenty of cake and ice cream to go around. 

The Guild is trying to make more use of the website to sign up for events, provide descriptions for events and many other functions.  It can be a little confusing at first for all of us that didn’t grow up with a computer, but is really not that hard.  David Zemon, Webmaster, will be at the meeting early and stay late on Thursday with a computer for individual members to ask for specific information or just to provide a general overview.  He will also be demonstrating some of the functions during the meeting.

Don Iverson will be the guest speaker at the meeting this month.  He will be talking about building waterfall tables using expoxies.  Seeing this should get the creative juices flowing and hopefully create a lot of new ideas to play around with over the winter.

As we go into the holiday season, keep in mind that it doesn’t take much to put a smile on someone’s face and our outreach programs have put smiles on thousands of faces.  Please continue to participate in, or donate to, these programs.
As time gets short and projects are on a deadline, resist the urge in your shop to take shortcuts and do something unsafe.  It won’t save you that much time and can cost you dearly in both the short and long term.

See you at the meeting on Thursday,

Wayne Humphrey

Last Month’s Meeting

Choosing a Finish Spray System


Jeff Morgan

Jeff Morgan was our guest speaker at the October meeting.  Jeff has been a woodworker for 32 years and since 2008 he has been a professional woodworker with a business in Illinois.  Over the years, Jeff has learned much about spray systems and shared some of his knowledge with us.
Picking a spray system ultimately comes down to two factors:

     1.  Materials to be applied
     2.  Budget
Jeff feels that cheap equipment is going to give poor results and that most folks are not going to be happy with the results.  Good quality equipment will give better results, but one of the essential requirements is to practice with the equipment, finish and wood that you intend to be spraying. You have to have everything working correctly to get the quality coverage you desire.
It is important to talk to your finish suppliers about the proper equipment to apply your desired finish.  There is no one spray system that will handle all finishes on the market.  Your equipment or finish supplier may offer classes on finishing. If so, take advantage of them.  If you feel you need more information, contact the finish manufacturer.  They will have technical assistance available to answer your questions.

The goal of a spray system is to atomize the liquid and transfer the material to the surface to be covered.  Depending on the type of spray system, as little as 30% of the material may make it on the project (conventional spray guns).  Using a HVLP (High Volume Low Pressure) system can give you as much as 65% transfer efficiency. 

If you use conventional spray systems, they may use siphon cups or be gravity fed.  Jeff suggests you don’t use containers that have Teflon coatings with these systems as they will start to peel after about four years and create issues.
HVLP systems can use air pressure or turbines in the spray process.  Turbines come in two to six stages.  Three should be your minimum with four for paints.
Airless spray systems are for high viscosity materials such as house paints. Cost of these systems is high and the pressures are high.  Cleaning can be a challenge.
Air Assisted Airless Systems have good atomization rates, high transfer efficiencies, and the application rate is fast.  Cost is high.
Other items are also needed to control quality.  Using a viscosity cup is critical to making sure the viscosity is correct and that you can duplicate a process in a production situation.  Use of a wet thickness gage is also necessary to make sure you are getting a specified coverage.
If you get into production finishing there is more equipment that you will need. Paint pots allow you to run for hours and not have to stop and refill small containers.  Air compressors with driers and coolers are needed to be sure you have an adequate supply of properly conditioned air.  
Safety with spray systems can’t be overlooked.  Make sure respirators have the correct filters, wear safety glasses and store flammables in a proper storage locker.  Your spray area should be ventilated with intake air being filtered as well as exhaust air from the room.
If you would like more information on Jeff’s products or would like to contact him, check out his website at

Some of Jeff’s custom shadow box projects.  See more on his website.

SLWG Holiday Party

The Guild will have a holiday party for members and guests on
Thursday, December 5th 
at the Moolah Shrine from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.
A variety of Hors d’oeuvres will be served and there will be a cash bar.  
Members are invited to bring any craft items they make and sell them at this event.  This may be a great opportunity to pick up some unique handmade items for that person who is hard to shop for.  Please remember to bring cash in small bills as you will be dealing directly with the vendor and not through the Guild.
Please let us know that you are coming by the end of the meeting on November 21, 2019.  You may go the website and click on the event, tell Wayne Watson, send an email to or let any Officer know at the meeting.  If your plans change and you find you can make it, come on out.  There should be plenty of food. 

Thank you, Boeing!

The Guild has received another $300 donation from Boeing. Boeing encourages their employees to participate in non-profit organizations by making donations to the non-profit based on the number of hours of participation. See Boeing support program details below in this Newsletter.


Dan Lender built this trestle table with a hard maple top having two cherry wood accent pieces and supported with a cherry base.  He built a prototype using poplar and modified the original design to fit the space and give the desired look before starting the final version shown here.

Steve Harrison showed a dovetail alignment board based on a design by David Barron.  For more info and how to build one go to

Wayne Meglan built this cedar strip canoe.  1200 hours labor!  Wayne did all the work which included a lot of jigs and fixtures.

Nothing was easy as no two pieces in the canoe are the same and multiple compound angles we required on all parts.

Ethan Sincox showed an urn that he made for a beloved pet from quarter sawn walnut.  The pet’s leash was in the lid and the “medallion” on the side was made from metal from the leash with an image of the pet imprinted into it.
Ethan also showed a Tool Oiler he makes. (No photo)
Joe Turner built a puzzle ball as seen in a recent magazine article.  Designed to be taken apart, Joe glued it together so it could be handled.  It is not the type of puzzle that is easily put together.  Joe also built a little box with a surprise on the inside.
Adam Conners showed some unique jigs that he made for Komiko work.

Surplus Woodworking Equipment SALE
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild is beginning the process of auctioning several pieces of surplus tools and machinery.  The auction will be in the silent format and open to Guild Members only.  The first items will be posted to the Guild Website in early December.  Bidding for the first group of equipment will close 31 December and the winning bid confirmed at the January 2020 Guild Planning Meeting.

Each month we will post additional items for auction on the Website and in the Guild Newsletter.  The listings will have images and descriptions of each item. If you would like to inspect an item prior to bidding, please contact James Payne as noted below.  Items are located at Faust Park.

Submit your bid directly to the Guild Treasurer by US mail or by email. Bidding closes on the last day of the month.  Bids must be either postmarked by last day of the month or emailed dated by the last day of the month, 11:59 PM central time.

Mail to:             St. Louis Woodworkers Guild 
                        P.O. Box 411766
                        St. Louis, MO 63141-9998
Or email to:
Generally, Auction winners will be confirmed at the Planning Meeting following the monthly closing of bids by the Guild Board of Directors.  Winning bids will be recorded in the Meeting Minutes and published in the Newsletter.

Payment is due upon notification of winning bid.  Members can mail a check to the Guild PO box, pay by credit card on the Website, or pay in person at the Member Meeting.

Upon payment, successful bidders will make arrangements to pick up their items at the Faust Park Location.

All items appear to be in working order.  However, no electricity is available where the items are being stored. Therefore, the Guild Board is offering a forty-five day warranty for refunds/returns.  Warranty period begins at award of winning bid.

For any questions or to arrange to inspect an item, please contact James Payne at (314) 226 3924 or email:


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community


 We want to remind members it’s that time of year —- November and December holiday themed toys are needed as we finish the year.  In addition, finished or store-bought toys are needed for our annual Toys for Tots contribution.  Toys will be collected at the November meeting and the December Holiday Gathering.

Keep those toys coming!!!
Cinderella Ball seamstress platform made by John Koenig for the
Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition. Baltic birch base with maple top.

The Pre Build sessions to prepare stock for the Box Build went smoothly and materials were ready for the Box Build which was held on Saturday, November 16. Tom Tierney, Vickie Berry, Matt Conlon, Bill Tarter, and Wayne Watson participated in Pre Build activities.  
Matt, Bill T.,  Marty Acosta, Bob Baird, Dave Windus, Alan Klein, and Hal Donovan participated in the final milling and assembly of the cherry boxes last Saturday. The boxes are 3” tall and large enough for the kids to store school papers inside. 20 boxes were glued up and an additional 34 boxes were milled and are ready for gluing.  They will be donated to the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition.

Toy Program Small Box Design Details


The final four classes at Rockwood Center for Creative Learning have been a GREAT SUCCESS.  Forty-six children participated in assembly of toy kits that were prepared by the following members: Steve Mettes, Don Turner, Keith Lissant, Terry Blevins and Bill Schuchat.  These toys have been returned to the Toy Committee and will be donated to the hospitals this month.  In addition, each child assembled a racecar which they were allowed to take home as a memento of the event. 

The teacher, Mrs. Christina Berwin, was thrilled with the results of the class experience. The children did an excellent job of following the assembly instructions and solving problems as they arose.  Thanks to Steve, Don, and Keith for their assistance in class helping the kids when needed.  Mrs. Berwin is looking forward to another version of this Toy Build in the Spring.


Toy Tally

October — 679
YTD — 7,915

October — 726
YTD — 6,685

Since 1994 — 68,842!

2019 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1500 Club
Wayne Humphrey – 1,826
Bill Meuth – 1,731

Over 1000 Club

Over 750 Club
Rich Sanders – 995

Over 500 Club
Bill Schuchat – 555

Over 300 Club
Bob Zahner* – 487
Bill Love – 323
Dale Norman – 320

Over 100 Club
Charlie Goria – 202
Dan Sudkamp – 167
Keith Lissant – 159
Steve Briner – 157
Paul Bailey – 118
Jerry Lammers – 106

* Deceased

2019 Target and Challenge

Progress towards our 2019 targets:

Target for Delivered Items:  7,843

To Date: 76% ACHIEVED
Well on our way!!

10% Member Participation Target

41 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
Steve Mettes: (901) 237-4483

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

Woodworking Show

The St Louis Woodworking Show is February 7, 8, 9, 2020 in Collinsville, IL.  See for more information.

Bring Me A Book Team News

Thank you to all of the members who picked up book box kits last month. The Guild will produce it’s 1,000th Book Box this month. Congratulations to the Guild and thank you to all of the members who contributed their time to make it happen. BMABStL has distributed almost 750 of the book boxes and 3,000 books to underserved children in the St. Louis region. Book boxes have gone to children in St. Louis City, East St. Louis, and St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson, and Franklin counties. Programs are scheduled for the Horizon Housing Foundation this month and in early December.
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 Tally

As of October 31, 2019

Unassembled Box Kits ready for members to pick up      0

Book Boxes in process of assembly                                 73

Book Boxes in QC                                                              0

Book Boxes Completed and Delivered  to BMABStl    
    since beginning of program in April 2018                 929

Book Box Program Major Contributors

Over 100 Club
Hal Donovan – 112
Greg Kuklinski – 105

Over 50 Club
Schrock – 76
Dan Sudkamp – 67
Bob Meyer – 66

Steve Mettes – 50

Over 25 Club
Jack McKay – 49
Joe Turner – 49
John Vicini – 43
Steve Briner – 39
Don Turner – 34
Leo Weisman – 30
Craig Noel – 30

Bill Schuchat – 28
Willie Blue – 25

Book Box Committee

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

Charles Schrock: (314) 822-3709

Check out the Events Calendar on the SLWG website HERE.




GEORGE WALKER,  Furniture Designer

April 17-19, 2020

George has written numerous articles for Popular Woodworking Magazine over the years.  Stay tuned for more information about this Spring weekend event.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

(See Fundamentals and Opportunities to Learn articles below)

Payment for 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

Fundamentals of Woodworking Class

Beginning in February 2020!

Learning the Essential Skills of Good Craftsmanship

Are you new to woodworking? Wondered how to get started? What tools to buy and when?

If you answered yes to these questions, the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild can provide the answers.  A new class tailored for new woodworkers is starting in February 2020. The class will meet once a month for ten to eleven total sessions. The class will cover the essentials needed to start you on your woodworking journey. For example in Lesson One you will learn about wood, its properties, how to select it and how to buy it. Each lesson will build on the previous class throughout the course

Succeeding lessons will introduce you to hand tools and their proper use, woodworking machinery, and the safe use of both stationary and portable power tools. How to plan a project and purchase the materials required, from beginning through the finishing process will be covered. Joinery techniques from mortise and tenons to hand-cut dovetails will be taught. 

Throughout the course, short lessons will be followed by practical hands-on exercises that will build your skills and provide the knowledge required to become an accomplished and safe woodworker.  The course will wrap up with the construction of two projects which will challenge you and put your new knowledge into play.

Some “homework” will be required between sessions. While not required, it is highly recommended, that class members attend the Guild’s Safety Class so that they may utilize the Faust Park shop between classes.

The class size will be limited so don’t put off signing up! You can pay for the class, one of two ways: either monthly, (at $30.00 per month for ten months), or an upfront, onetime charge of $250.00 for the total course. The cost of materials is extra and you should plan on acquiring some basic hand tools along the way.

The first class is scheduled for Sunday, February 16th and will continue on the THIRD Sunday of each month for the duration of the class.

You may enroll and pay on the website. You must be a Guild Member to take this course.  For questions contact Wayne Watson at or 314-541-3047.

Links for enrolling and paying on the website:

Guild Opportunities to Learn
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild states in its bylaws that the purpose of the Guild is to: “Encourage and educateits members to enjoy and enrich their woodworking skills.”

Long before the Guild’s Faust Park shop opened, Guild members have opened their shops to hold what we have come to describe as “Mini-Workshops.” Each of these members has developed skills in our craft that they are willing to share with all our members. They do this not for pay, but for a sense of duty to the Guild and to insure this great pastime continues to thrive. All of these Guild workshops are extremely reasonable financially compared to any other woodworking classes that I am aware of today. 

We are in the process of establishing a diverse selection of Mini-Workshops for 2020. While not completed as yet, we already have a great line up. The Fundamentals of Woodworking class in its third year will kick off in February. Also on the 22nd and 23rd of February will be “River Table” Techniques by Don Iverson. This will be a “hands-on” continuation of his presentation this month. March will have a workshop on Tuning and Using Hand Planes. This class will get your grandfather’s “hand-me-down” or that “flea market find” off the shelf and working again. April 18thand 19th will bring George Walker, noted author, lecturer and columnist, to St. Louis for a great weekend on furniture design, what works and why, and how to incorporate it into your work. This will provide you the basics of going beyond the typical furniture plans found in the current woodworking publications.

In May, Don Turner will do a workshop on building cabinets which will follow his presentation to the membership that month. Always wanted to redo your kitchen? Don will show you the way! Shaker Oval Boxes have always fascinated people. In June, Jay Noffsinger will do a presentation followed by another “hands-on” workshop on Building Shaker Oval Boxes in his shop.

This is only a partial example of the workshops that are in the planning stages. If you have recommendations for potential topics let Wayne Watson know (

David Zemon has done a superb job of updating the Website, bringing it into the 21stcentury with important new features. He has set up a quick and easy way to enroll and pay for these Guild workshops. He will provide the “What You Need to Know” to access and enroll.  Most of these classes will be limited in size so to be sure that a specific class is available USE THE WEBSITE!

We will continue to update you at the meetings, on the Website and in this Newsletter as additional classes are finalized and scheduled.

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. 

December Shop Hours
Dec 3 & 4,    10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dec 7 & 8,       9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Dec 10 & 11,  10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Dec 14 & 15,  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

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

Link to Safety Class Signup and Directions to the shop on the SLWG website HERE.

Next Shop Safety Class

          Thursday, January 2nd
           6:30 PM    
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $20 for Current Members

To attend Safety Class, must RSVP by Dec. 31 to

Faust Park Shop News
The new LED lighting has been installed in the shop. Be prepared for an illumination level that hasn’t been seen there before.  The Guild purchased the lighting and member Ron Romitti did all the installation and provided a lot of the supplies that the installation required. Thank you, Ron!
Check out the shop and you will find a new drill press to replace the old Craftsman that was there. The Guild had an opportunity to pick up a Powermatic unit in very good condition for a good price and took the opportunity to upgrade.
We have also acquired a new router table with a Jointech precision fence system. This was a gift from Kurt Herrmann’s wife Dee for our assistance in selling her late husband’s woodworking tools. It has a lift that will make height and bit changes a lot easier.
Because of member’s dedication to the Guild by continuing to serve as Shop Monitors and the addition of new Shop Monitors starting next year, we will add an additional “Open Shop” date each month.  Starting in January 2020 we will add a third Saturday each month to the “Open Shop” schedule.


Join The Guild Today!


Annual Dues Renewals  for 2020 are NOW OPEN

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.  
If you are coming to the meeting and want to avoid a long line, put your funds in an envelope with your name on it and what you are paying for.  You can just drop it at the table and not have to wait in line.

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


David Burlis
Ed Hoff
Brian Kern
Wayne Meglan
Jeff Puls
Ken Strain
Norma Strain

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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