January 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:



Online Meeting:

 Video Presentation OnLine on

January 20th 

7:00 PM


January 2022 Meeting Location Change:
Guild Meeting this month is ONLINE ONLY!

President’s Letter — January 2022

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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(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

Buying Hardwoods

Woodn’t You Like to Know



Mary May

See the recording of Last Month’s Meeting HERE

They have decided to cancel all shows for this season.
See this LINK

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Editor’s Note:

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 to grady.vaughan@gmail.com.


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

Adam Conners

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.

Brian Ellison

Piece is a combination of intarsia and segmentation.  The crab is cedar and the remainder is poplar.  Pattern is from Scrollsaw and Woodworking magazine.

Wayne Humphrey

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.

Tom Tierney

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.

Bill Schuchat

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.
planes                               20
graders                              10
stake body trucks              10                          
front end loader                 10
trolley                                15
excavator                          10

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. 

Bill Schuchat 

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.

Watch our Christmas 2021 Toy Build Video HERE

Christmas Toy Build (2022)
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. 

Contact Wayne Humphrey at wehumphrey@hotmail.com.  

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,

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.

Rick Weitzman

Toy Committee Chair

2021 Toy Report

Toy Tally

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

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

Organizations that we currently donate toys to include:

BJC Children’s Hospital
Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital
Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition
LifeWise STL
Mercy Hospital

RankenJordan Ped. Bridge Hospital
Rockwood School District
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toys for Tots

Toy Committee

Rick Weitzman, Chair
Paul Bailey
Vickie Berry
Hal Donovan

Dan Lender
Steve Mettes
Bill Schuchat

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
Book Box Program is still in a holding pattern at this time. We will let you know when we 
restart this program.

Tom Tierney

Book Box Committee

Tom Tierney: (314) 412-1817
Jack McKay: (314) 435-2232

Charles Schrock: (314) 822-3709

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Woodworking Classes

Upcoming Classes
See the Schedule on the SLWG Website HERE.

Next two months:
Date                    Teacher                     Subject
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 website HERE.


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.


April 23, 12:30 PM TOUR   WunderWoods  
September 10, 1 PM PICNIC and TOUR   Furniture 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.

 Limit of 10 per class.
Visit the SLWG website for Safety Class Signup HERE.

Next Shop Safety Class

       Thursday, Feb 3, 6:30 pm
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $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

Membership Today!

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

See the SLWG Website for signing up!

Click here to pay dues online


Myles Arbeeny
Graham Bachman
Adam Brewer
Julien Couilloud
Rebecca Cutting
Sachi Das
Joe Deakos
Corey Doner
Adrian Duehl
Tom Eaton
Dan Goldstein
Trey Greer
Eugene Iannotti
Ron Johnson
Denette Krause
Robert McAlexander

Larry McIntosh
Angela Myers
Jyothiswaroop Pamalla
Amoolya Pasham
Andrew Rogers
Kevin Rust
Christopher Ryan
Olgun Sahin
Jason Sankovitch
Clayton Smith
Laurie Smith
John Vahle
Robert Watson
Daniel Williams
Cameron Yuan


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 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 Vickie Berry at president@slwg.org .

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Vickie Berry – 972-741-1944

Vice President:
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)

Immediate Past President:
Wayne Humphrey

Marketing & Membership Chair:
David Schindler

Membership Coordinator:
David Schindler

Woodworking Show Coordinator:

Book Box Committee Chair:
Tom Tierney

Outreach Coordinator:

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee Chair:
Rich Weitzman

Shop Manager:
Wayne Watson

Assistant Shop Manager:
David Gronefeld

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Bill Schuchat

Web Master:
David Zemon

Media Coordinator:
Brian Ellison

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. 

(In-store only)

Kohler City Hardwoods
Walrus Oil

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