November Meeting Location Change Guild Meeting this month is in the 3rd Floor Ball Room. If you park and enter from the back of the facility, take the elevator to the 3rd floor and follow signs. If you park on the upper lot and enter the front door, take the elevator to the 3rd floor and follow signs. No lending library will be available for this month’s meeting — check-in only.
Next Meeting:THIS THURSDAY
Moolah Shrine Center Oasis Room 3rd Floor Ball Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
The SLWG leadership requests that in-person attendees at the November 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.
Attendees are requested to wear their masks properly during the entire meeting, fully covering both nose and mouth. Attendees who are at the front of the room doing presentations may remove their masks during that presentation, donning them before they return to their seats.
MASKS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE CHECK-IN DESK FOR THOSE WHO FORGOT TO BRING ONE.
NO GUILD MEETING IN DECEMBER!!!!
President’s Letter — November 2021
I’m writing this month’s letter as I sit in my screened-in porch enjoying the 75 degree weather – aren’t we fortunate to live in a place where the temperature can swing close to 40 degrees in one day? Well, I think I’m lucky, and in many ways.
November has been a difficult month emotionally for me for the last nine years. However, it doesn’t take too long for me to be thankful for the many blessings, friends, family and loved ones in my life – for those – I am truly thankful and always manage to feel better fairly quickly. I know my feelings and emotions aren’t unique as we all have our own story. I guess it’s why I find myself wanting to give back more in November than any other month…because I’m fortunate and thankful to be in a position to give back and it’s the right thing to do.
That’s why I want to call attention to another amazing not-for-profit organization that we might be able to help…if not as an organization, but by you individually. It’s called Home Sweet Home [ https://homesweethomestl.org/ ] and I hope to be volunteering there, in February, after we get back from the Antarctic.
The mission of Home Sweet Home is to give under-served families a sense of pride and to improve the quality of their lives by providing basic household furnishings. Their partner agencies work with an array of individuals and families in the Greater St. Louis Area who are struggling with stability, homelessness, and/or re-integration. They serve individuals, families, single-parent households, multi-family households, and everything in between.
Here’s where we come in…basic household furnishings…especially, bookcases, nightstands, end-tables, dining tables, chairs, and dressers – are all the kinds of projects we like to build and always needed at Home Sweet Home. Don’t worry if you’re a beginner just getting started or are trying new techniques. Items don’t have to be museum quality, but certainly done well.
I found this website – The Spruce Crafts – that has many really cool free plans for all kinds of useful pieces. The Bookcase with Toy Storage caught my eye because it would be an ideal dual-purpose piece for a kid’s room. See plans at this LINK.
So, as you think about your next project or want something that uses up your scrap wood, think about items that Home Sweet Home might need. They have a thorough list of needed items on their website, so please check it out.
In the meantime, join me at our November 18th meeting where internationally known woodcarver, author, teacher, and video instructor, Mary May joins us from Charleston, SC. Her presentation on carving promises to be amazing. I also invite our member carvers to bring in some of their carved items to share with the group.
See you soon,
Vickie a.k.a. – 1abWdWrkr
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In-Person and Online Presentation)
The November 17 meeting will include a Live Webinar presentation by Mary May on Carving. Mary May is a professional woodcarver and teacher in Charleston, SC. She has journeyed from learning carving, to carving as a profession, to teaching carving – although daily she still does all three. Mary studied with various master European woodcarvers to learn the traditional techniques and designs that have been used for centuries. One of her teaching outlets is the Mary May School of Traditional Woodcarving. See her website HERE.
One of our Members donated several high-quality Lie Nielsen hand planes to the Guild. Three planes will be offered for sale at each of the next several monthly meetings until all are sold.
This sale will be held in the form of a silent auction. The following planes will be offered at the November Meeting:
1.) Low Angle Jack Plane No. 62 – Reserve price $200,
2.) Large Scraping Plane No.112 – Reserve price $195,
3.) Small Scraping Plane No. 212 – Reserve price $165.
Information on these planes can be found on the Lee Nielsen website at https://www.lie-nielsen.com.
2-Day Adirondack Chair Class Completed
Four students made Adirondack chairs in the 2 day class. 3 used cedar that was specially milled by member Terry Blevins and 1 used pine lumber. Class members were Andrea Lyons, Dan Hull, Eric Smith and Lowell Rush.
The Rockwood School program is scheduled to be held at the Rockwood Center for Creative Learning on December 14-15-16-17. Vickie Berry, Dave Windus, Don Turner and Keith Lissant have agreed to help supervise.
Additional volunteers are needed.
Call or email Bill Schuchat if you are willing to help.
Did you Wonder about where the Wood & Shop is?
At the August meeting, Les Harmon and I (Bob Kastigar) were talking about an old woodworking shop we used to go to many years ago. It was on Lindberg right near McDonnell Blvd, called the Wood&Shop, this would have been in the mid 1990’s.
We both used to stop there after work for wood parts and supplies. Les used a lot of Baltic Birch plywood, where I liked the exotics. The shop was moved out by the late 1990’s, and was briefly off of Dorsett. Then it has been gone for a while now. However, we did see there was a Internet shop and an address and they are one of the SLWG sponsors.
I had some vacation time and Les is retired, so we planned an adventure to seek out the current shop. Between my Garmin (which was way off) and Les’s phone, we found the address off of a long drive at 21505 Hwy OO, Eolia, MO 63344, a truly beautiful place. We arrived and headed for the sound of a planer running, kind of an invitation to woodworker. A nice guy named Rob told us to go to the office. There we found Bruce Denslow, the same guy from 25 plus years ago, filling orders. He took time to show us around the warehouse where I selected a nice piece of Zebrawood. My real reason for coming was to find some nice hardwood dowels. Bruce pointed me to a shelf that looked just like the rack that was in the little store years ago. I happily picked up several.
After about an hour visit, (Bruce updated us on the move from the old locations, and how he came to this location, and he now also raises cows), we left with a handful of dowels and some great stories. It was a grand adventure. So if you want to step back to the old “Wood & Shop”, I’m sure Bruce would share more stories with you, too. As we were looking for wood, I asked Rob (the guy running the giant planer) to take a picture. (Above, L to R, Bob Kastigar, Bruce Denslow, and Les Harmon)
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 Reeves shows his skills at leatherworking with protective covers
for his sharp-edged woodworking tools. He also had a work apron made from various types of leather. He also committed to making a custom leather apron for the winner of a drawing from the list of Shop Monitors: Brad Bernhard.
SLWG Director Dan Sudkamp had a few scraps laying around and decided to make this fine bowl with a lacquer finish. He also made this barn board tray and these all wood walnut and cherry knives.
New Guild Member Chuck Schrock brought in this Arts and Crafts inspired table lamp that he designed and made, updating to current LED bulbs for safety.
John Ferreira showed us a walnut bowl with epoxy inlay.
Another project was a slab with epoxy fill where he used bath salts for the epoxy coloring. He also showed a flower holder.
Brian Ellison brought in some fun projects for Halloween and Christmas that he has been working on in his shop.
A Lesson Learned from Bill Schuchat
I Bought a New More Powerful Dust Collector and it turns out I did not need to. When I first bought my 1-1/2 hp Grizzly dust collector, it worked fine for my planer. In recent years I had more clogs near the connection to the planer where the duct is vertical as Vickie can attest. I bought a new filter bag, but that did not help very much, so I ponied up for a 2 hp model.
The new one works great, but in the process of switching them out I found the underlying issue to the declining performance.
Turns out the duct collector has a grid at the fan inlet (I guess to protect the fan) and it had a partial blockage with planer chips. Frankly, it is amazing that it worked at all. My new dust collector has a similar grid. At least now I know what to do to fix it if the performance drops off.
I recently purchased 28 new poplar wood interior slab doors for my home. For the hinged doors, I mortised for the hinges & latch set, painted, and hung the doors. I replaced the bi-pass closet doors with bi-fold closet doors. The doors were spray finished with Sherwin-Williams Sher-Wood Kem Aqua Industrial coats.
Vickie Berry has skills in addition to her woodworking ones, knitting!! She wore a recent project to the October meeting.
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. Toys collected for the Toys-for-Tots program after the November meeting will be stored for next year’s Christmas delivery.
Dan Lender and his wife Cindy making a donation of toys to the USMC Toys-for-tots program.
(These toys look a lot like Flora and her sibling to me, Ed.)
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
Just a reminder, the Toys-for-Tots program for 2021 is ending with donations received at the upcoming November Meeting. Any toys collected for this program after this meeting will be stored for next Christmas.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2021 Toy Report
November — 472
YTD — 4,114
November — 243
YTD — 2,533 Since 1994 — 77,745
2021 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth – 1392
Over 800 Club
Rich Sanders — 807
Over 700 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 741
Over 600 Club
Linda Turner — 646
Over 100 Club
Hal Donovan – 147
None this month
2021 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 6,000
10% Member Participation Target
5.6% 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.
Next two months Teacher Subject
20-Nov Bill Schuchat Girl Scouts-tote build
2-Dec Wayne Watson Safety Class
4-Dec Brad Bernhard Bowl Turning class
5-Dec Wayne Watson Biscuit Joinery
Recent Classes Teacher Subject
3-Oct Wayne Watson Half blind dovetails
7-Oct Wayne Watson Safety Class
30-Oct Bill Schuchat Adirondak Chairs
4-Nov Dave Gronefeld Safety Class
Upcoming 2022 Classes
Teacher Subject 29-Jan Brian Ellison Beginner Scroll Sawing
30-Jan Wayne Watson Splined Miters
5-Feb Jeff Nasser Salt & Pepper Shaker
5-Mar Dan Sudkamp Cutting Boards
6-Mar John Ferreira Epoxy
2-Apr Don Turner Building Drawers
30-Apr Dave Windus Small Box with Splined Miters
7-May Bill Schuchat Build a Small Table
Short classes for Band Saw, Planer/Jointer, Hand Plane, Table Saw & Drill Press will be scheduled for 2022 again since we have so many new members.
SAVE THE DATE
SPECIAL SEMINAR March 12 and 13, 2022
Michael Fortune will present a two day seminar on Furniture Design and use of the band saw in furniture construction. Michael is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. He maintains a studio near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where he designs one of a kind furniture for private clients throughout North America.
Michael has taught at many schools and craft centers including and, most notably in the Midwest, the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Indiana where the fellowship program for advanced students has been named in his honor.
More details of this seminar will be announced in the coming weeks.
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
December 7 & 8 10 am – 2 pm
December 11 & 12 9 am – 5 pm
December 14 & 15 10 am – 2 pm
December 18 & 19 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 MEMBERSBrandon Jamison
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)