Happy Happy New Year to one and all. Another trying year has come to a close and my hope is in this year each day will bring us closer to the good ol’ days. All the Christmas decorations are almost put away and the skies are cloudy but I am beaming with excitement and happiness for all that is yet to be.
I try not to make New Year Resolutions because if I kept all the one’s I’ve made in my life, I’d weigh about 110 pounds, be fit and trim, wouldn’t buy any more yarn and stop hitting the “Place Order” button on Amazon. Instead, I like to reflect on the many blessings and good things I already have in my life and what I can do to keep them strong. Family and forever friends are always at the top of my list. Staying in touch by making a phone call or sending a note or card (not a text) is one way I like to let them know they’re important to me. In addition, completing acts of kindness on a daily, or at least weekly, basis is something I’ve found feeds my heart and soul.
I think that’s one reason I enjoy being part of this Guild – we are all alike in this way. I want to personally thank each and every one of you who so willingly give of your time and talent to make life a little better for so many. The list is too long to name you individually (like Santa, I know who has been nice) because so many of you volunteer to share your skills. To keep that momentum going, we’re working on new ways for you to participate in new Community projects and learn additional skills at the same time.
I’ve had a sneak peek at all the excellent programs and classes that Bill Schuchat is putting together for 2022 – I know you will be impressed. Every year we try and put together classes and programs that meet the educational needs of both seasoned and new woodworkers. This year we added 99 brand new members which netted out to a year-end total of 294 Guild members! I’m even more pleased to share that we’re seeing younger members joining. As such, there’s always a big demand for our Safety class, Fundamentals class and Shorty classes that are equipment specific. So, sign up early and often! If you have ideas and suggestions, please let Bill know. If you’d like to be a class teacher, Bill would love to hear from you as well.
Speaking of classes – we’ve got a woodworking superstar lined up for March 19-20 this year. Michael Fortune is a very skilled and popular contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine. There are ten pages of articles and videos you might want to preview on this link: https://www.finewoodworking.com/author/michael-c-fortune
It’s been a couple of years since we’ve been able to schedule a rock star like Michael so I know it will be an extremely popular weekend. I encourage you to sign up now as seats are limited to the first 40. Until then, we’ve got a great January program for you.
We’ve made a last minute change to the logistics of our January General Meeting. To ensure the wellbeing of our members, we will be “Zooming” our meeting so everyone can stay in the comfort and safety of your home. Craig Norsen of U-Pick Hardwood Lumber is our featured speaker. Craig has been in the lumber business since 1984, is a Certified Lumber Inspector and Certified Kiln Operator, and opened U-Pick to the public in 2010. Craig and U-Pick has been a long-time sponsor and friend of the Guild. He’ll be sharing his decades of knowledge with us in a presentation titled – Woodn’t You Like to Know. So, I know you won’t want to miss it. If you haven’t been to his store, it’s well worth the drive and I’m sure you’ll find more than you need for your next project.
Again, Happy New Year everyone and thank you for a tremendous 2021. Stay safe and warm!
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THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (Online Presentation)
The January 20th meeting will be a fully Zoom presentation due to the uptick locally in pandemic cases.
Craig Norsen of U Pick Hardwoods will present on the topic of
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.
This is a sofa table that I recently completed. It has a curved front made by resawing and then laminating a board. The top is birdseye maple veneer on an MDF substrate, with bubinga inlay and then walnut trim. The table frame has some sliding dovetails to hold the structure in, and the drawer has hand cut dovetails. The taper on the legs was rough cut on a bandsaw, then finalized with a smoothing plane. The finish is one coat of danish oil and then several coats of water based polyurethane.
This home plate is a trophy case for my grandson.
The Tall Ship is one of my scroll saw projects.
I made up this Clamping Board using T tracks to make clamping easier.
Piece is a combination of intarsia and segmentation. The crab is cedar and the remainder is poplar. Pattern is from Scrollsaw and Woodworking magazine.
Adjustable leg holding jig for Jet Mortise machine. Measure out mortise once and cut remaking mortises without measuring or marking. Jig held leg tightly against the fence with consistent pressure.
I built a prototype Excavator that will be used for the Spring 2022 Rockwood Program. The 2” wheels for the ends have not come in yet.
Ron Suchara displayed some carvings and resources at the November Guild Meeting.
Jerre Baynes showed us at the November Guild Meeting an easily stored break-down nativity scene set that he made this year.
Vickie Berry presented these two custom vanities that she made in her shop, one with a drawer sized perfectly for bathroom essentials. Very smart looking and efficient.
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
Five Girl Scouts made Tool Totes at the Guild Shop on November 20, 2021. Linda Turner, Carolyn DeVaney, and Vickie Berry assisted Bill Schuchat in supervising the work.
The Rockwood School program restarted after a 2 year Covid hiatus. 42 toy kits were assembled at the Rockwood Center for Creative Learning on December 14-15-16-17. Bill Schuchat, Vickie Berry, Keith Lissant, Don Turner, and Dave Windus helped supervise. The kids struggled more than in the past after spending their Covid 2 years studying only online. The teacher wants to do the class again in the Spring so we will be soliciting volunteers again to make more toy kits and to participate in class supervision.
Rockwood School District
Kit Building Activity
Guild members supervised the assembly of toys at the Rockwood Center for Creative Learning in December. I met with the teacher, Christina Berwin and established quantities of toy kits for Spring 2022 class which will be in May.
I am looking for volunteers to make the following kits for the Spring classes. These will need to be completed by early April. I have plans for each of the toys. Wheels, ziplock bags for each kit, and other purchased items will be made available for each toy kit. You will only need to furnish the wood. The planes, graders, stake body truck, and front end loader are kits that we have made before. The trolley and excavator are new, but I have examples that I have already made and assembled.
Several of you have already made kits for this program. New contributors are welcome. I can meet with anyone who would like to discuss details of the program.
AT THIS POINT IN TIME, I AM LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS TO MAKE KITS. PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL OF THE KITS AND THE QUANTITY YOU WANT TO MAKE. I WILL GET PLANS FOR THESE TO YOU LATER. PLEASE RESPOND BY JANUARY 20, 2022.
stake body trucks 10
front end loader 10
SEE PICTURES BELOW
Notes on the pictures: Only the stake body truck, not the plank side will be made this year. The picture of the excavator is missing the large double wheels at each end which will be provided.
Desks for Kids Program
We have completed the current round of construction and delivery and are working on the next round. STAY TUNED!
Please contact Tom Tierney (314) 412-1817 if you have any questions.
New Member Dan Williams joined the fun at the Desk Build day.
Members of the Guild will again this year be building toys to be donated to charitable organizations for Christmas giving. In 2021 members contributed more than 800 toys and we hope to better that number this year.
Because we are starting earlier in the year we will be working a different schedule. Fabrication will take place on the first and third Fridays of the month from noon to 4 pm. The first date we will meet is February 4th at the shop in Faust Park.
We are looking for ideas of toys to build. If you have any suggestions, plans, sample, or photos of appropriate items, we will be happy to look at them and possibly add them to the build list.
Financial support for the program is greatly appreciated. To make a donation, you can go to https://slwg.org/about/donate/ When making a donation for this project, please note that it is for the Christmas Toy Build,
Donate – St. Louis Woodworkers Guild The purpose of the Guild is to encourage and educate members and non-members to enjoy and enrich their skills and experience as woodworkers in a safe manner and to use their skills in community service.
Christmas Toys displayed at the November Guild Meeting.
Toy Committee Update
If any of you would like to be a part of the Toy Committee, please contact me. Thanks again for your support.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2021 Toy Report
December — 1301
YTD — 5415
December — 1081
YTD — 3614 Since 1994 — 78,826
2021 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth – 1392
Rich Sanders – 1007
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
5.9% ACHIEVED 16 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.
29-Jan Brian Ellison Beginner Scroll Sawing
30-Jan Wayne Watson Splined Miters
5-Feb Adam Conners Dovetails
6-Feb Wayne Watson Mortise & Tenon
5-Mar Dan Sudkamp Cutting Boards
6-Mar John Ferreira Epoxy Use in Woodworking
19-20-Mar Michael Fortune SuperStar Weekend
Short classes for new members (and old members who want to attend) are being offered ahead of Open Shop hours on specific Saturdays. One hour classes for Band Saw, Planer/Jointer, Hand Plane, Table Saw & Drill Press will be scheduled. See the website calendar for dates and times.
Check out the Events Calendar on the SLWG websiteHERE.
SPECIAL SUPER STAR SEMINAR
March 19 and 20
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.
He 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 made in the coming weeks.
SAVE THE DATE
April 23, 12:30 PM
September 10, 1 PM
PICNIC and TOUR
St Louis Art Museum
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.
February Shop Hours
Feb 8 & 9 10 am – 2 pm
Feb 12 & 13 9 am – 5 pm
Feb 15 & 16 10 am – 2 pm
Feb 19 & 20 9 am – 5 pm
Feb 26 9 am – 5 pm
Safety Class attendees must register online and bring their current Guild membership card.
Faust Park Workshop Duration:
Plan for 3 Hours Cost:
$20 for Current Members
Directions to the SLWG Shop in Faust Park:
When you enter Faust Park from Olive Blvd, turn right at the traffic circle and go all the way through the parking lot.
At the end of the lot, turn right onto the road, follow it a couple of hundred yards to the stop sign and turn left.
Go past the private home and past the Guild shop and park on the lot next to the Faust Park maintenance building.
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
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
Vickie Berry – 972-741-1944
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823
Adam Conners – 314-495-1772
Tom Tierney – 314-412-1817
Jay Noffsinger (exp. 2024)
Dan Lender (exp. 2025)
Dan Sudkamp (exp. 2022)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)