October 2020 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:


Online Meeting:

 Video Presentation OnLine on

7:00 PM

Meeting Link HERE

President’s Letter — October 2020

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 members have 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.

Wayne Humphrey

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.

(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.
Click here to attend the October 15 Meeting 7:00 PM


Arts & Crafts Furniture Style

presented by

Robert Lang

The virtual presentation for the September 17th meeting was on the subject of Arts & Crafts Furniture Style.  The presenter was Bob Lang who is currently Editor of American Period Furniture, the annual journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and is also Editor of Pins & Tails Newsletter.  He is a former Executive Editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine. Check out Bob’s website HERE.

If you missed the presentation and are an SLWG Member, you can see it HERE on our YouTube channel.

November Program
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. 

  See his website for the furniture he builds – https://www.stinewoodworking.com/.
A video of our David Stine visit is available.  Check it out at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPAGz3KhGjM
Thanks to Hal Donovan for shooting and editing the video.
Bill Schuchat


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.

Go to their website HERE.


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.


Editor’s Note:

Show and Tell in the Newsletter has been a success and we will be continuing to feature the great projects of our Members.

Please send items you would like to post in future SLWG Newsletters to grady.vaughan@gmail.com.


John Koenig sent photos of a couple of projects he has been working on recently.

Civil War Era Warne, Cheever & Co. Liquor Chest:  reproduced based on first hand measurements of an original built in 1864.
Reproduced in consultation with the MO History Museum.  All hand cut joinery in curly birch, milk paint and wax finish.
Here is the reproduction side-by-side with the original. 
Hickory Coffee table:  legs from Osborne Wood Products, designed to accommodate ottomans underneath.  Solid hickory with breadboard ends on the top.  

I bought a saw mill!  I got a used Wood-Mizer LT35
I’ve been posting some on the forum and making videos that I’m putting on YouTube.

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!

Bill Love

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.

Keepsake Box
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.

Grady Vaughan

Here are three projects that Rich Sanders made for the Toys for Tots program:

30 inch rod W/ magnetic “hook”

Three of a kind Owls

Fret basket

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.

Tom Tierney

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.

Vickie Berry

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!

Alex Gerberding

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.

Bill Schuchat


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.

Check it out HERE.

  Toy Committee Update

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 four of 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.

Dan Lender
Toy Committee Chair

You Asked…

I won’t be able to bring my toys to the Toy Pick Up – will there be another opportunity?

YesVickie 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.

Toy Tally

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

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.
Find patterns at:  https://slwg.org/community-involvement/toy-program/

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

Toy Committee

Dan Lender
Paul Bailey
Vickie Berry
Hal Donovan

Steve Mettes
Bill Schuchat
Rick Weitzman

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.

Tom Tierney

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 Classes

Held 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
Cost:  $10
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 wschuchat@gmail.com 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.


Recent 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


  • 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
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $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 times while 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.

Wayne Watson
Shop Manager

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

See the SLWG Website for signing up!

Click here to pay dues online


Barry Larson

Phillip Morton

Timothy Phillips

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 president@slwg.org and if I don’t know the answer, I will try to find it for you.

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

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

Simply go to smile.amazon.com and select the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild as your organization that you want to receive donations from your eligible purchases.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.  You don’t make the donation, Amazon Smile does.  It truly is at no cost to you.  Just make sure you go to smile.amazon.com instead of amazon.com.  If you have any questions on how the program works, just send an email to Wayne Humphrey at president@slwg.org .

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Wayne Humphrey – 314-440-2173

Vice President:
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)

Immediate Past President:
Bob Brinkmann

Marketing & Membership Chair:
Wayne Watson

Membership Coordinator:
David Schindler

Woodworking Show Coordinator:
Wayne Watson

Book Box Committee Chair:
Tom Tierney

Outreach Coordinator:

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee Chair:
Dan Lender

Shop Manager:
Wayne Watson

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Bill Schuchat

Web Master:
David Zemon

Media Coordinator:
Bob Fuerman

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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