The SLWG leadership requests that in-person attendees at the October SLWG Meeting comply with the Order issued by the Saint Louis County Department of Public Health which requires face coverings for generally all attendees at this meeting. Please click HERE for the link to more detailed information concerning this directive.
President’s Letter — October 2021
It seems like the weather is finally turning cooler — well, sort of. As such, I’m guessing more of us will be moving indoors and working on more woodworking projects or our inside “To Do” lists. I know I will be, but one specific project won’t be on my list any longer….my bathroom. I’m just tickled to death that I finally found a contractor to renovate my master bath before the end of the year and he is currently working on the
punch list items. That means, the vanity I built with and under the direction of our program presenter this month, will finally get to be installed. I won’t have final pictures until after this letter has gone to press, but I promise I’ll share them next month.
Don Turner, our very own member and Owner of Turner Handcrafted Furniture will be giving a very timely program on Finishing at our October meeting. Honestly, I wish we had scheduled him a month sooner because, I didn’t do such a great job on my vanity doors and drawers finish and am in the process of trying to correct my not-so-great job. Regardless, I know I’ll be asking lots of questions. Don is an excellent furniture and cabinet maker, and a patient teacher. I encourage you to take his “Build a Cabinet with a Face Frame” class whenever it is offered. See his most recent class completion featured below.
On another note, I know it’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of year we start putting together our slate of candidates for open positions on the Board. I know for sure we’ll have an open Director position as well as the President position. I’m looking for a Nominating Team to put together the candidates. You may be wondering if I will be “running” again….fortunately/unfortunately many of the cruises we had planned in 2019 and 2020 were COVID cancelled and should be sailing in 2022. We have three on the books that will have us away at least half of the next term. In all fairness to the organization, it’s better to have someone who can be here more. So, if you’re interested in being on the Board and helping guide the organization, let me or any of the Board members know what position you’re interested in. Thank you in advance for considering getting more involved.
See you soon,
Vickie a.k.a. – 1abWdWrkr
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In-Person and Online Presentation)
Basic types, advantages of each, jigs, hand vs machine
See the September Meeting on theSLWG Website HERE.
CALLING ALL MEMBERS – with Websites,
YouTube Videos or Facebook pages that feature their personal woodworking projects or business that is relevant to woodworking…
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild page has a section where we can post links to a members’ Website, Facebook page or YouTube videos. If you’d like to be listed, please send your links to our Webmaster, Brian Ellison at email@example.com.
Second Cabinet Building Course Completed
The second cabinet building course was completed on Saturday and Sunday, October 9th and 10th. We had two Guild Members in attendance, David Meyers and Andrea Lyons. The build and instruction were provided by Don Turner in his shop.
Each student built a 24″ lower kitchen cabinet at a standard height 34 1/2″ cabinet with mission style doors and a drawer. The build was focused on the table saw to demonstrate its versatility and use of the miter saw for crosscuts. All the joinery including finger joints for the drawers and mortise and tenons for the doors were completed on the table saw. The doors were mission style to demonstrate that doors with stiles and rails can be made using just a table saw. The same point was made by making drawers with finger joints.
Don and his two students with their finished products.
Andrea working on finger joints for the drawer box.
David and Andrea smoothing out the joints on the face frames.
THE SHED IS PAINTED!!!!
THANKS to painters Giovanni Speziali, Mark Hatton, Vickie Berry, Steve Metes, Craig Noel, and John Ferreira. Painters absent from the picture include Hal Donovan and Alan Brown.
Two Grumpy Guys …
Another action shot
SHOW AND TELL
The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild encourages its Members to share their projects at the in-person Guild meetings. If you can’t make it to the meeting, please send items you would like to showcase in future SLWG Newsletters firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dan Lender had a lot of shorts left over from projects laying around the shop, so he found a plan for this pull toy rabbit and voila! Here he introduces FLORA.
And here are Flora’s siblings.
Tom Tierney showed us several boxes that he made using precision calculated angles cut on his table saw.
These smart looking boxes can be used for anything, but Tom had in mind to use them as plate, napkin, and utensil holders. He made about 10 of them in this run.
Another project Tom has been working on is a cherry vanity. He used a natural satin polyurethane finish.
Note the neat little double drawer on the upper right side. Nice useful feature.
Brian Ellison brought in some fun carving projects that he completed recently.
Brian uses only hand tools for his carving.
Randy Lamb sent in this father-and-son project to build this mid century modern record player stand.
David Zemon writes:
This is the third iteration of a sim racing rig that I’ve built, and by far the best. Equivalent rigs cost around $1,000 retail, which was my motivation.
The three pieces that make up the vertical supports are 2×4’s and I used wood filler with a putty knife to join the seams and cover any imperfections before painting black.
Cables are neatly managed under the pedals and to the undersides of various surfaces. Shellac was used as the finish of choice.
The main rails are made from two pieces of 3/4″ plywood laminated together, resulting in 1 1/2″ thick, 8″ tall main rails.
In order to make as much space for the driver’s knees as possible, the wheel platform is a 3/4″ hickory, and seems to handle the forces quite well.
Grady Vaughan just completed trimming out a small room.
One of my recent projects was to improve the looks of a residential elevator which had plain unfinished red oak panels for the walls and ceiling.
I built rails and stiles for the walls and ceiling using 1/2″ x 3″ red oak, assembled and glued them up in my shop, and test fitted the assemblies before staining.
I needed a fair amount of 1/2″ thick oak, so I was able to put the Faust Park Shop planer to work as my own planer was a bit light duty for this task.
All of the profiles were milled using two router tables, one with a cove bit and the other with a matching radius bit to reduce setup time for the joints.
The panels were stained separately from the rail and stile frames, then the frame assemblies were glued to the panels. I had to get a little creative with the installation clamping.
To reduce finish odor in this small space, Saman water-based stain was applied followed by 3 coats of clear acrylic polyurethane.
We are looking for videos of interest to our Guild Members. Please send us links to your favorites and we will publish them here. These can be videos that you upload yourself to our website or see on another site.
Here is a link to a site that lists safety recall notices for woodworking tools. LINK
St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community
Christmas Toy Program
Lots of fun with the Christmas Rocker Builds. Announcements for the next Christmas Toy Build will be emailed to all Guild Members.
Once more the Toy Table is set up at the Guild Meeting to receive completed toys and give out toy parts to toy builders. Rich Weitzman is the Toy Committee Chair and is available to help toy builders with their questions.
Toy Committee Update
We Collected 81 toys and delivered 225 toys to Five hospitals in September.
We have toys that when made for the Toys for Tots program that we have collected, they will be added to the number of Toys Built at the Park.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2021 Toy Report
October — 81
YTD — 3,642
October — 225
YTD — 2,290 Since 1994 — 77,502
2021 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth – 1055
Over 700 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 741
Rich Sanders — 727
Over 600 Club
Linda Turner — 646
Over 100 Club
Hal Donovan – 147
2021 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 6,000
10% Member Participation Target
5.7% ACHIEVED 14 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.
Date Teacher Subject 30-Oct Bill Schuchat Adirondak Chair
31-Oct Bill Schuchat Adirondak Chair (day 2)
4-Nov Wayne Watson Safety Class
6-Nov Mike Sistek Square Up a Board by Hand (Cancelled)
7-Nov Wayne Watson Splined miter joints
20-Nov Bill Schuchat Girl Scouts Class
2-Dec Wayne Watson Safety Class
4-Dec Brad Bernhard Bowl Turning class
5-Dec Wayne Watson Biscuit Joinery
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 9 & 10 10 am – 2 pm
November 13 & 14 9 am – 5 pm
November 16 & 17 10 am – 2 pm
November 20 & 21 9 am – 5 pm
November 27 9 am – 5 pm
Safety Class attendees must register online and bring their current Guild membership card.
Keeping in line with the latest St. Louis Department of Public Health requirements, face coverings are required for all Members using the shop. See Linkto Public Health Department Order.
Safety glasses will continue to be required as in the past.
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 (click on button below) with PayPal or any major credit card, or mail a check for the appropriate amount with member’s name in the memo line to St. Louis Woodworkers Guild
P.O. Box 411766
St. Louis, MO 63141-9998
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
WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERSCaleb Hopkins
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 Vickie Berry 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 Vickie Berry at firstname.lastname@example.org .
SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders
Dan Sudkamp (exp. 2022)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)
Jay Noffsinger (exp. 2024)
Dan Lender (exp. 2025)