October 15th is our regularly scheduled meeting and we are going to try something new. We will be live streaming a meeting and presentation. You can go to You Tube and watch the broadcast live HERE. We will be having committee reports, Show and Tell, and a presentation from Don Turner on Building Cabinets. Don is a professional cabinet builder and will be teaching a class in November on cabinet building. If there is enough interest the class may be repeated early next year.
Believe it or not, we are already thinking about election of officers next year. At a minimum, the office of President and one Director’s position will need to be filled. If you would like to be considered for office (or just have questions) by the Nominations Committee, please contact Don Snyder, Tom Tierney, or Bill Schuchat. The Nominations Committee exists to be sure that we have folks ready to step into office. Nominations will also be accepted from the membership at large.
The Board has approved the construction of a storage unit at Faust Park. It will be approximately the size of a one car garage and will sit on the maintenance building parking lot adjacent to the Faust Park Shop and will feature a garage door on one end, a couple of windows, floor, and hopefully power for lights and electrical service. The unit will be used to store toys and supplies for the shop. Moving supplies to the unit will free up additional space in the shop to make it more versatile and increase the number of people that can participate in classes.
Two membershave each donated $1,000 to help cover the cost of the unit. Additional donations would be greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of the project.
We are building the unit from plans created by Wayne Watson and Wayne Meglan and construction will be starting very soon. Look for emails with more information on when volunteers will be needed. We hope to have the project completed in the next couple of months.
Stay safe in all you do.
Rockler has donated a Leigh Mortise and Tendon Jig to the shop. It can easily produce the incredibly strong and versatile mortise & tenon joint with amazing speed and accuracy.
Our thanks to Rockler.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (Online Presentation)
The presentation for the October 15 meeting will be a livestream presentation by Guild member Don Turner on the subject of Building Cabinets. The presentation will be followed up with a two-day, hands-on class on November 28 & 29. Sign up on the SLWG website.
If you missed the presentation and are an SLWG Member, you can see it HERE on our YouTube channel.
The presentation for the November 19 meeting will be a virtual presentation on the subject of Woods Used In The Construction Of Guitars And Other Musical Instruments.
The presenter will be Michael Olgivie from Washington University.
Guild (Picnic) Tour
September 26, 2020
The Guild picnic tour was held on Saturday, September 26 at David Stine Furniture. Dave Stine has a 20,000 sq. ft. production facility with a vertically integrated operation. His family owns approx. 1000 acres in the area around Dow, Illinois. He harvests wood in the winter when the ground is frozen so he can drag out trees with minimal damage to the ground, mills them to 3 or 4 inch thick slabs and air dries them for 2 to 3 years to bring them to 13% moisture. His shop has a large, automated kiln where he brings the wood to 8%. He uses an automated 42 inch jointer to flatten one side and follows up with a 42 inch planer (new purchase). His machinery is “old” stuff that he has rehabbed. It weighs tons and tons; I am surprised that the concrete floor can hold it all up.
We would like to welcome Walrus Oil as a Guild partner. Walrus Oil is a line of wood finishing products that are 100% food safe and VOC free. A number of products are available for the woodworker and additional products are available for those working with leather.
SLWG Members can get a 10% discount on mail order purchases. See the member’s only portion of the SLWG website for the discount code.
Do you sell items that you make at craft fairs in the St Louis area? If so, I would like to pick you brain for a few minutes about how the Guild may be able to participate in craft shows. Please call Wayne Humphrey at 314-440-2173.
SHOW AND TELL
Show and Tell in the Newsletter has been a success and we will be continuing to feature the great projects of our Members.
Having a lot of fun learning how to run it and seeing all the beautiful grains in different woods. So far I’ve had White Oak, Hickory, Pecan, Walnut, Elm, Sweet Gum and Mulberry on the mill. Lots of pretty!
Jeff Puls writes:
I made my own version of a resaw featherboard out of scrap and a $3 rubber squeegee replacement. I resawed the vertical piece down the middle and cut a small groove on each half as a housing for the fat part of the squeegee. Screwed the halves back together and mounted it to a small piece of plywood with slots to allow for adjustability. I repurposed some miter slot hardware from another featherboard and put it to work. The results were great and I didn’t have to spend $70+ and wait for the commercial version to be shipped.
After participating in the Guild’s webinar with Scott Grove, I decided to try out a project using veneer. This decorative keepsake box was the result. The top is bookmatched maple veneer on a mdf substrate and the rest is Missouri black walnut. The veneering was a first for me as were the handcut mitered dovetails. Finished with Odie’s Oil.
A friend asked me to do a little restoration to a cedar box that had been in the family for a few generations and had seen a rough life with children playing with it over the years. Typical with cedar, lots of splits and dried out loose glue joints, as well as hinges that had been relocated in various places due to the splitting pieces. Final finish is a few coats of satin poly. Not a fine piece, but memories don’t require that.
Here are three projects thatRich Sandersmade for the Toys for Tots program:
30 inch rod W/ magnetic “hook”
Three of a kind Owls
Irish Parlor Clock
Cherry wood housing made using plans published in Woodworker’s Journal and found on Rockler’s website.
Some of the housing pieces were made from wood cut from a cherry tree in our yard. The wood was resawed and air dried for two years. The dial frame assembly is maple and provides a nice contrast. The finish is Deft, semi-gloss waterborne acrylic finish. Several coats were applied with a soft cloth. A clockmaker will install the clock mechanism and face.
Simple and Effective
We loved sitting outside in our new chairs using the footstools I made earlier this summer and soon realized a table was needed. So, I created a simple table to straddle the arms and clear the footstool. The table top is made from cedar with 3 coats of Poly and the legs are treated 2×2 ‘s. 4″x4″ angle braces help strengthen the legs.
Recent projects from John Bronson:
Wooden pumpkins I made from an old 8” X 8” pine post. Unfinished. There were 7 pumpkins originally, but my wife already gave 3 of them away!
Some black walnut bracelets I turned. Wipe-on Poly finish. A few of these have been given away as well!
Some fun I was having with scraps. Last year I made a bunch of Christmas trees and had a lot of these triangular cutoffs. Turns out that they fit together nicely to form a circle. Unfinished. Maybe architectural art?
Got sick of my steel rule falling out of my breast pocket every time I bent over. So I cut the stitching on the pocket patch and sewed in a rare earth magnet. No more ruler fallout!
The Toys for Tots class made 8 Rocking Horses and Tricycles. I have been working on three more Adirondack Chairs and have been busy priming them with an oil based primer from Rustoleum.
The Tricycles were made from poplar and are unfinished. The Rocking Horses are unfinished pine and hardwood plywood for the head.
Scott Grove has a newsletter and videos on Creative craftsman techniques that may pique some Member’s interest. Click this LINK for more info!
Here is a link to a site that lists safety recall notices for woodworking tools. LINK
Saw recall: More than 256,000 Kobalt cordless saws sold at Lowe’s recalled for ‘laceration hazard’
Two different electric, cordless saws sold at Lowe’s stores nationwide and on the home improvement chain’s website are being recalled because they pose a “laceration hazard.”
More than 256,000 saws are included in the two recalls posted this week on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website.
No injuries have been reported, but consumers are urged to stop using the recalled saws immediately and to contact distributor Hongkong Sun Rise Trading for a free repair.
For 106,400 Kobalt brand 40-volt Lithium Ion 8-inch Cordless Electric Pole Saws, the recall says the switch “can fail while under a heavy load, and cause the unit to continue running after the user releases the trigger, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.”
Another 150,000 Kobalt Brand 40-volt Lithium Ion Cordless Electric Chainsaws are also being recalled because the saws can remain “on,” the recall states. There have been 48 reports of the “switch contacts welding causing the chainsaw to remain in the ‘on’ position.”
The chainsaws cost about $200 and were sold from January 2014 through March 2020. The pole saws were sold from March 2017 through October 2019 for about $180.
To learn more about the recall, contact Hongkong Sun Rise Trading toll-free at 855-378-8826 Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. ET and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
The recall notices say more information is available at www.greenworkstools.com when consumers click on “Important Safety Notice.” However, the new recalls were not listed on the website Thursday afternoon.
SLWG Surplus Woodworking Equipment SALE
No items to be posted in October. Stay Tuned.
St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community
A web page has been created for our Ranken Jordan projects.
Our Hospital Partners are accepting toys from us but has requested fewer quantities than before. Recently, Shriner’s Hospital contacted the Toy Committee and informed us that they did not need additional toys for October, but we will be able to distribute toys to fourof our other hospital partners in October.
We had a successful morning earlier this month collecting toys from many of you. Thank you for your generous donations and for your support. We have been able to deliver toys and reduce our inventory. We plan to have a collection day in November. A separate email will be forthcoming announcing the collection details.
The Marine Corp Toys-for-Tots event information is slowly becoming available. We will have a collection date/time in November to receive the toys you have been making. There is still time to start or complete toys for this event. Please send me a short message if you plan to donate toys this year so that the Toy Committee can better plan for the collection (contact information available on the SLWG website members only drop-down menu). Include in your message what you plan to donate, quantity, and if you will need to have a special pick-up at your home.
Toy Committee Chair
You Asked…I won’t be able to bring my toys to the Toy Pick Up – will there be another opportunity?
Yes, Vickie Berry has volunteered to act as a collection point for members during the rest of October and November for those that want to contribute and can’t make it to our next collection day. She lives in Glendale and is available most days and times – just call or text her at 972-741-1944 to schedule a delivery time.
October — 261
YTD — 4,577
September & October — 978
YTD — 4,314 Since 1994 — 74,176!*
*No Deliveries March-July
2020 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Wayne Humphrey -1,245
Over 750 Club
Bill Meuth – 801
Over 500 Club
Rich Sanders – 564
Over 100 Club
Linda Turner – 292
Bill Schuchat – 264
Vickie Berry – 208
Keith Lissant – 169
Bob Baird – 154
Steve Briner – 142
Al Carlson – 123
Dale Norman – 120
None this month – great opportunity!
2020 Target and Challenge
Progress towards our 2020 targets:
Target for Delivered Items: 7,138
Reduced demand due to the Pandemic
22% Member Participation Target
11% ACHIEVED 26 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.
Organizations that we currently donate toys to include:
Foster and Adoptive 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 Rockwood School District
Dan Lender Paul Bailey
Please contact us with comments, suggestions or if you need to arrange pickup or delivery of toys. Individual contact info can be found on the Members Only section of the SLWG website.
Bring Me A Book Team News
The BMABStL program continues to hand-out books and book boxes during the Covid-19. Twenty-two Book boxes and 176 new books were dropped off in September at the Nathaniel Rivers Place Apartments in North St. Louis made possible through the partnership with BMABStL, Horizon Housing Foundation, and the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild.
The Guild has provided 1,066 boxes to the BMABStL program since the program was started with 81% or 860 of the book boxes distributed to underserved children in the Metro area. Along with the book boxes almost 3,500 new books were distributed.
Given the current situation with an inventory of 206 book boxes, the Guild is taking a break from making more book boxes for the next several months.
Book Box Tally
As of September 30, 2020
Unassembled Box Kits ready for members to pick up 0
Undistributed Book Boxes on Hand 0
Book Boxes Collected and in QC 0
Book Boxes Completed and Delivered to BMABStl since beginning of program in April 2018 1066
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.
Woodworking ClassesHeld at Faust Park Workshop
Upcoming Classes SketchUp Class
An Advanced SketchUp Class was held on October 1, 2020. Alex Gerberding, a new Member since January, was the instructor. Three (3) members attended. Kudos to Alex for the proficiency he demonstrated with SketchUp including the downloaded versions and the internet version.
A second Advanced SketchUp Class was held on October 7, 2020. This time six (6) members attended. Alex helped the new attendees catch up with the model that was started in the class on October 1. This class lasted just under 2 hours.
Future SketchUp classes will be held nominally on a weekly basis unless Alex or class members have conflicts. On this basis, the October 14 class has been cancelled and the next class is scheduled for October 21.
Location: Class will be at SSC Engineering, 18207 Edison, Chesterfield, MO 63005.
Date: As noted
Time: 6:30 PM
Duration: 1-2 hours
Each student needs to bring a laptop or personal computer. If you will be working from the cloud, you will need to be able to connect to a wireless network. Contact Bill Schuchat at firstname.lastname@example.org if there are any questions.
Upcoming Classes Date Fee
a. Short=Table Saw 10-10-20 0
b. Short-Band Saw 10-11-20 0
c. Short-Planer/Jointer 10-24-20 0
d. Fundamentals 10-25-20
e. Short-Drill Press 11-7-20 0
f. Short-Hand Plane 11-8-20 0
g. Advanced SketchUp 11-21-20 0
h. Fundamentals 11-27-20
i. Build Cabinets 11-28 & 29-20 50
See the SLWG website to register and for additional information on upcoming classes.
An Oval Boxes class was held the weekend of 8-22-20 by Jay Noffsinger with 4 participants. Each attendee made 3 different size boxes.
A Toys for Tots class was held 8-30-20 with 4 participants. A total of 8 rocking horses and tricycles were built. Don Turner made some of the round parts for the trikes on his CNC router.
Faust Park Workshop Information
SEE SHOP MANAGER’S LETTER BELOW FOR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS DUE TO THE PANDEMIC
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.
November Shop Hours
November 3 & 4 10 am – 2 pm
November 7 & 8 9 am – 5 pm
November 10 & 11 10 am – 2 pm
November 14 & 15 9 am – 5 pm
November 21 9 am – 5 pm
Make Checks for Safety Class payable to SLWG and attendees must bring their current Guild membership card.
Next Shop Safety Class
Thursday, Nov. 5th, 6:30 PM Where:
Faust Park Workshop Duration:
Plan for 3 Hours Cost:
$20 for Current Members
Link to Safety Class Signup and Directions to the shop on the SLWG website HERE.Limit of 4 per class.
Faust Park Shop Rules to Keep Us Safe!
Rule 1: If you feel unwell or were in contact with someone who feels unwell please do not use the shop until you have been cleared by a health professional.
Rule 2: The number of people using the shop is limited to four (in addition to the Shop Monitor) at all times. Shop usage is on a “a first come, first served basis. A new phone number has been activated so that you may call ahead to ensure that the shop is below maximum capacity. The number is 314-348-3945. This number is only available during “open shop hours” It is not available at other hours.
Rule 3: Every person in the shop must wear a facemask at all timeswhile indoors. Safety glasses must also be used at all times.
Rule 4: Everyone entering the shop must have their temperature taken by the Shop Monitor. Anyone with a temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will be denied entry. This is a St. Louis County health requirement for anyone using any building within Faust Park.
Rule 5:Each person entering the shop must use hand sanitizer before they start working in the shop. Hand sanitizer is available in the shop for your use. Sanitizer first, sign in second!
Rule 6: The Shop Monitor will be enforcing “social distancing” to the extent possible within our space. He or she will assign appropriate workbenches as required to maintain the best separation among all users.
Rule 7: The Shop Monitors well be sanitizing the machine controls such as on/off switches, adjustment knobs etc. on a regular basis.
I would also like to point out that the Shop Monitors have all volunteered to continue to serve the Guild during these trying times, so please make their efforts easier by adhering to these health precautions. Doing this will ensure that we all can continue to enjoy one of the Guild’s greatest benefits.
Join The Guild Today!
Annual Dues Renewals
Annual membership renewal is available online with PayPal
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 2020)
Full Shop Membership $75 (Unlimited use of the Guild Shop during 2020)
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
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 email@example.com 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 Wayne Humphrey at firstname.lastname@example.org .
SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders
Wayne Humphrey – 314-440-2173
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823
Adam Connors – 314-495-1772
Tom Tierney – 314-412-1817
Jay Noffsinger (exp. 2024)
Vickie Berry (exp. 2021)
Dan Sudkamp (exp. 2022)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)