Like most, I will glad that 2020 is going to be over with but unfortunately the first few months of 2021 don’t look a lot more promising. In spite of all the restrictions the Guild has acquired 53 new members this year pushing our membership over 250.
As we welcome new members we need to also thank existing members that donate their time and expertise to teach classes, be shop monitors, and do all the things necessary to keep things running smoothly. We do appreciate your efforts.
When we went to online membership renewal your membership expiration probably was extended by a month or so. You will be getting emails notifying you of the expiration and options on how to renew. We hope to be able to keep our membership number high next year and get back to a more regular schedule of events at some time.
We won’t be having any events in December as we have in the past. Check the calendar on the website for dates and times or see the Shop section in this Newsletter.
The meeting on November 19th will be a Zoom meeting. Our guest speaker will be Michael Ogilvie, Professor of Physics at Washington University. While his research interests lie in Particle Physics, Quantum Field Theory, Quantum Chromodynamics, and Lattice Gauge Theory, his passion is music and he will explain wood selection for musical instruments.
Hope you all have a safe holiday season and we will pick up activities again in January.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (Online Presentation)
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. Go to the WashU website and look him up; a real renaissance man.
Guild Members: Watch your Inbox this week for the Zoom meeting invitation.
LAST MONTH’S PROGRAM
The presentation for the October 15 meeting was a livestream presentation by Guild member Don Turner on the subject of Building Cabinets.
A new Presentations and Classes Committee has been formed to search out, evaluate, and land great programs and classes for our members. Committee members include Willie Blue, Jay Nofsinger, Don Turner, Dave Windus, and Bill Schuchat. The first committee meeting was November 10, 2020.
Please contact any members of this committee if you know of awesome programs that are available or that you are interested in seeing sponsored by the Guild.
Join or Renew your Guild
Annual Dues Renewals
Remember that letting your membership lapse will result in having to retake the Safety Class ($20) prior to using the Open Shop at Faust Park.
Annual membership renewal is available online with PayPal or any major credit card.
Current membership status is required for use of the Faust Park Shop.
Annual Membership Dues:
Basic Membership $40 Full Shop Membership $75
A Basic Membership entitles the member to four (4) uses of the Guild Shop during the membership 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
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild encourages its Members to share their projects in the Newsletter. Please send items you would like to showcase in future SLWG Newsletters firstname.lastname@example.org.
I got some new ideas from YouTube for ornaments this year. so far I have made about 160 gifts.
Both my wife and daughter are teaching from home these days, all using zoom.
They wanted to have the computer elevated to prevent that odd angle of viewing as well as preventing the ‘up the nose’ view!
These are two different ones, adjusted for the height of the user. It is simply like a half box using 1/2 inch plywood. I put an under brace on the shelf in middle–more for my own confidence in thinking it would prevent wobble. I glued and nailed all around and put about 3-4 coats of polyurethane to prevent staining. One thing that doesn’t show is the felt strips I put on bottom to prevent scratching and maybe give them a bit more ‘grip’ depending on where they were used.
With a wireless keyboard, and a wireless mouse, there is no need to reach up to touch the computer and the desk height makes it more comfortable as well as making the height of the screen just right to prevent neck ‘aches’…
A very simple project that gets used every day!
Unfortunately we lost one of our favorite trees in our front yard the year before we moved. Apple, as well as most fruit tree wood, is wonderful to turn and better yet if spalted. I covered a section of the trunk for one year with a tarp. In addition, I added some rotting tree wood fungus to the end grain along with some occasional moisture. My first time to try this recipe. The result was spectacular color. The bowls were turned green and then allowed to dry for 6 months with sealer on the outside of the bowls to reduce distortion. The final turning was this year. They became my “Time of Covid” bowls and are a great memory of one of our favorite trees from the house where our children were raised.
Charcuteries for All
After taking Don Iverson’s class in February I knew I wanted to make these for my annual Christmas present for friends and family. I had to kick it in high gear and get in production mode as I had to complete 17 by the end of October.
These are a few of the ones that are ready to go. Most have been made with free wood I picked up at Guild meetings last year. I learned many things along the way including using a silicone mat for the bottom of the frame, pouring in 3 or 4 layers and making the last pour clear to create depth.
Vickie showed her river trays at the October Woodworkers Guild livestream meeting.
I built this memorial flag display case for a client. The two outer bottom sections are for Medals & Pins. The center bottom part is a 5×7 picture frame. It is constructed out of red oak that I bought at U-Pick.
I built one prototype bar stool and two kitchen side chairs in times past using poplar wood and I had to do something with them, so I decided to practice spraying colored lacquer (a new technic for me). Wow! They sure are blue. When I selected the colored lacquer, I thought it would be darker. Oh well.
The side chairs were sprayed and assembled in multiple steps so that there would be no blue lacquer over-spray on the clear lacquer details. The natural wood is hard maple, cut long grain.
This month’s task was to build a ‘reception desk’ that matched an existing ‘plant wall’ in my daughter’s shop. The wall was made of birch plywood cut into 6″ strips attached to bare 2×4’s that held up a 12′ long worktop. It also had to sit at an angle to the existing wall.
I made a drop down leaf to allow the desk to sit on the desired angle without having a gap between the two. It can fold down it they want to roll the desk into a corner and use it as a small serving table for special events. It wasn’t supposed to be fancy, just utilitarian, and I think I accomplished that part. My daughter has applied polyurethane to the existing wall (it was bare wood) and the color match is near perfect.
Steam bent wood and triangle pieces from scraps.
Trees are HO models and can be removed to be a cutting board. (Food grade mineral oil). Just a Covid project!
This craftsman style coffee table was made with quarter sawn white oak and was finished with Danish oil on the base and Danish oil+Waterlox on the top.
Other than the breadboard ends the design is by Kevin Rodel and detailed plans can be found in his article in FWW #178.
My shop is my spare bedroom in a second floor walk up so almost all of my work is done with hand tools. However, for this (and many other projects) I took advantage of the Guild shop to mill up the stock. What an awesome resource!
More photos and videos are on my Instagram page @cptakes.
Toys for tots. Bulldozer & transport
These are pictures of a wall hanging I made. It is small sconce made to hold a flower. The wood is cherry with a shellac and wax finish. The sconce is shaped in a Federal-period style mimicking a decorative leg that might be found on a table. The inlaid oval is made from dyed veneers obtained from Guild-sponsor B&B Hardwoods. The pieces of the oval marquetry were cut using a scroll saw and then sand shaded.
One of the small bins on a Hoosier Cabinet I am refurbishing for a family member needed to be replaced. Started by re-sawing a piece a 3/4” x10” piece of red oak to 3/16” thick. Then used a drum sander to reduce it down to 1/8” thick. Next I soaked the board in boiling water for about three minutes.
Used wood strips covered in packing tape and four strap clamps to secure it to the form. Removed it from the form after twenty minutes. Used the straps to hold it in shape and let it dry overnight.
Next day I cut the formed piece to the correct size with a 24 tpi band saw blade.
Used the information I gained from watching the Quaker Oval Box Build August Guild presentation to guide me in prepping and forming the board.
Linda Turner continues to get creative whenever the opportunity arises. Here are some of the latest creations based on a box of miscellaneous parts provided by Wayne Humphrey. These parts were wooden knobs, pulls, plugs, etc. You can see them incorporated into each of these new designs. Should be good holiday news for the kids this year. 🙂
Don Snyder shared this video of some truly amazing wood sculptures. Click HERE to view it.
Here is a link to a site that lists safety recall notices for woodworking tools. LINK
SLWG Surplus Woodworking Equipment SALE
No items to be posted in November. Stay Tuned.
St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community
Toy Program Donation
The Guild has received a $100 donation from David Brandt to help support the toy program. Our thanks to him for this generous donation.
A web page has been created for our Ranken Jordan projects.
Thank you very much for your support of the Toy Program this year. Even though it has been an unusual year, you continued to provide in many ways. Recently, we received a thoughtful money gift of $100. This gift will used for the toy supplies that we purchase throughout the year.
Our Hospital partners accepted fewer toys this year because of the decline in need. Ranken Jordan has told us that their shelves are full and Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition has not accepted a delivery since March, but holiday themed toys are always a big hit!
The local Marine Corp’s annual Toys-for-Tots will be a great success thanks to you. We have already received toys. After the Nov. 17th collection, we will deliver the toys to one of the collection locations near the Faust Park shop. This year the number of collection locations for this program is less than previous years, so I am sure your donations will be graciously accepted.
Please be safe in all you do.
Toy Committee Chair
The SLWG Toy Committee plans to have a Toys-for-Tots and November toy collection on Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 am – 11:00 am. We will meet at the Guild shop maintenance parking lot, Faust Park, Chesterfield, MO. If it is raining or snowing, we will be meet at the Old SEARS store, Chesterfield Mall, south side, under the canopy. Look for the blue Ford pick-up. We will have axles, tires, wheels, etc. available for your future use. You can always contact me in advance to help us have available what you need.
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 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.
Will there be a raffle this year? Absolutely! Once all the numbers have been tabulated and certified we will issue raffle tickets as in years past. Anyone who has donated at least 10 toys is issued one ticket. 100 through 199 donated toys gets two tickets, 200 through 299 gets three tickets, etc. Winners will be announced, and Gift Cards mailed in January.
When will we get cake and ice cream? We promise, at our first in-person meeting, we will celebrate in style…cake and ice cream for everyone! We know this has been a challenging year and once again our members came through in a better than expected way. It will be good to see everyone again – so stay safe and keep making plenty of saw dust.
November — 356
YTD — 4,933
November — 152
YTD — 4,466 Since 1994 — 74,328!* *No Deliveries March-July
2020 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Wayne Humphrey -1,245
Bill Meuth – 1,086
Over 500 Club
Rich Sanders – 564
Over 100 Club
Linda Turner – 292
Bill Schuchat – 281
Vickie Berry – 238
Keith Lissant – 193
Bob Baird – 154
Steve Briner – 142
Al Carlson – 123
Dale Norman – 120
None this month – great opportunity!
2020 Target and Challenge
Progress towards our Modified 2020 targets:
Target for Delivered Items: 4,466
Reduced demand and target due to the Pandemic
10% Member Participation Target
100% ACHIEVED 26 Members
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 was temporarily suspended in October due to the Covid-19 pandemic. No books or book boxes were given out in October. The program hopes to restart in March or April of 2021.
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 St. Louis Metro area. In these the book boxes, almost 3500 new books were distributed.
With an inventory of 206 book boxes, the Guild is taking a break from making more book boxes for the next few 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
Advanced SketchUp 11-25-20
Building Cabinets 11-28 & 29-20
Short-Drill Press 11-7-20
Short-Hand Plane 11-8-20
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.
Just a Reminder…
Having a workshop that we all can use is one of the great perks of membership in the Guild. Opening the door to the shop and finding the place a mess is one of the more disappointing things that a shop monitor faces. When you leave the shop, cleanup all the tools you have been using, put tools away and make sure the shop is ready for the next person to use.
December Shop Hours
December 8 & 9 10 am – 2 pm
December 12 & 13 9 am – 5 pm
December 15 & 16 10 am – 2 pm
December 19 & 20 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, TBD, 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.
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)