March 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
March 17th

Meeting Start: 7:00 PM

Meeting Location:

Moolah Shrine Center
Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO  63146


Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 7:00 PM

Face Coverings Recommended

But Not Required

The SLWG leadership recommends that in-person attendees at the March SLWG Meeting wear face masks.

President’s Letter – February 2022

First, let me say thank you to the several Guild members who raised their hand to be considered for the President position. I know the Nominating Committee is breathing easier and expect to put forth a great candidate. 

On a related note, as I mentioned in my last message, succession planning is an important step in assuring the health and success of any organization.  I also know, from my years in leadership positions, it is critical to involve new, younger individuals in the organization.  We are fortunate to have many new and younger members join the Guild in the last year.  My hope is more of you get involved and find your woodworking passions.  For me, it was the variety of Community Service projects.  Over the years, those organizations and items we contribute have changed, but the mission has remained the same – to give back to the community.  As such, we’re always looking for opportunities to give back. Feel free to let anyone on the Board know if you have an organization that you think we can help.

I know we were disappointed the February meeting had to be cancelled due to weather and I just learned that our Superstar weekend had to be postponed because our star had to cancel.  Bill Schuchat is working diligently to find another star for us.  If you have any suggestions, please let Bill know. Until then, continue to to take advantage of the great classes that the Guild offers.

I hope you join me at our March meeting where some of our members will have a frank and informative discussion on CNC. CNC stands for Computer Numerical Control.  A CNC machine  takes complex tasks and provides efficiency, accuracy and consistency that would be very difficult to achieve manually. There are many different CNC machines so come and find out which is the best one for woodworkers and why you should, or shouldn’t own one.                 

OK– now for the fun part of this letter…John and I were fortunate to go on a two-week cruise to the Antarctic. We got back this past Thursday and are working diligently to put together a short presentation entitled – “What I Did on my Winter Vacation” to share before the meeting starts. I mean who doesn’t love a penguin?

 I will say, if you ever have a chance to visit the Antarctic – GO! It was such an amazing adventure and one that I’ll never forget. I know my pictures won’t do it justice – but will try.


a.k.a. – 1abWdWrkr

(In Person Presentation)

Group Discussion
CNC Machines

Facilitated by

Don Turner
SLWG Director



No meeting last month due to weather cancellation – This program will be presented in May

Different types of Woodworking Glues:

Advantages of Each

Presented by

Chad Forsthoefel
Gorilla Glue Company

Hand Planes – Silent Auction

April Meeting!!!

One of our Members generously donated several high-quality Lie-Nielsen hand planes to the Guild. His idea was to have the Guild sell the planes and use the proceeds to benefit the Guild.

A Silent Auction will be held at the April meeting for some of the planes. 

More info to follow in the next Newsletter.

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


Bandsaw box that was  started at the Bandsaw box class in the Fall of 2021.
Cherry with Walnut drawer pulls.


Wayne Humphrey

I thought I’d show how many toys could be made from a single 8′ 1×10
I got 12 standing cats, 12 little birds from the cat tail scrap and 13 elephants. (I had to cut around a big knot, otherwise I’d have had 13 of

The cat and elephant patterns just fit across the 1×10 width leaving very little scrap, all too small to use for anything else.

Bill Meuth

This is a scroll sawed Tea Bag Jar In different stages of being built,  The one on the left is a test that’s finished. I’m making 5 more of these for My Wedding, which will be wedding presents for the bridesmaids.

Brian Ellison

Tall boy build 

by Turner Handcrafted Furniture LLC
     Don Turner

Got a request for a tall boy as a gift for a guild member’s spouse with a design idea provided by the customer.  This design centered around a walnut frame and sides with figured Maple drawer and door fronts.  The basic concept was based on this photo.
From that photo some design ideas were batted around with dimensions discussed to narrow the design down.
Also a rendering showing the drawers open and a dimensioned drawing put together before the first piece of wood is cut.
The dimensioned drawing looked like this to ensure all the sizing met the customer’s desires.

With all the decisions made, the build started with the walnut cabinet along with the CNC work to carve the fluted and flourishes on the sides of the dresser.  The left photo is what the cabinet looked like dry fitted together without the internal dividers and drawer supports.  The right photo shows the vertical detail with the carcass assembled but not finished yet.

With all the decisions made, the build started with the walnut cabinet along with the CNC work to carve the fluted and flourishes on the sides of the dresser. 

Drawers were made of poplar as a secondary wood using half blind dovetails with the maple fronts integrated as part of the drawer front instead of a front piece with the maple part attached with screws.

The piece was finished with an HVLP sprayer and a modified laquer for a hard finish with improved durability. 

The photos show the completed piece with the tiger maple drawer fronts, CNC carved moose in door and the walnut frame and sides.


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

New Community Outreach Program

HomeSweetHome has expressed a need for coffee, end, and café tables as well as nightstands and shelves.  As part of the Guild’s Mission, the Board of Directors has approved a new program designed to provide these furniture pieces to clients of HomeSweetHome. The details will be discussed at the March Meeting. 
How the Program Will Work:
  • Source 8/4 White Oak wood from provider
  • Harvest useable pieces from 10’ off-fall in approximately 40” lengths
  • Bundle and distribute (approx. 30 pieces) to HSH program participants
  • Member to build coffee and end tables, café tables, shelves and nightstands from wood with sketches provided by Guild
  •  Guild to offer classes on how to build the various HSH furniture pieces to new woodworkers
Benefits of the program:

1. It keeps useable FAS 8/4 White Oak out of a landfill
2. It is a great way to hone your woodworking skills using Guild provided lumber
3. If you are new to woodworking, classes will be provided to teach the skills and techniques on table building
4. You will be helping to furnish a future to someone in need
If you are interested in helping with this project (designs, drawings, logistics, harvesting and/or build) please let one of the Board Members (Red tags) know or contact Tom Tierney (314) 412-1817. We are putting together a team (3-4) of Members to help manage the program.

Would you like to build some toys for the Guild to distribute next Christmas?

Train sets were suggested to us and this one appears to be something fun to play with and easy to build.  A scroll saw is the major piece of equipment that is needed and our shop has a good one.  The Guild can supply any or all of the materials needed for the build.  If interested, contact Wayne Humphrey at

  Toy Committee Update


Toys will be collected at the March Meeting.

Call Rick if you have any questions about the current needs.

Rick Weitzman

Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

March — 201
YTD — 545

March — 90
YTD — 410

Since 1994 — 79,236

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 300 Club
Bill Meuth — 323
Over 50 Club
John Bronson — 67
Bill Schuchat — 55


None this month

2022 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

9 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:

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.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Woodworking Classes

Upcoming Classes
See the Schedule on the SLWG Website HERE.
Date          Teacher                     Subject

5-Mar     Dan Sudkamp     Cutting Boards
6-Mar     John Ferreira       Epoxy Finish
19-Mar           TBD                           
26-Mar    Dave Windus      Shorty Planer/Jointer
2-Apr       Don Turner          Building Drawers
3-Apr       Ron Suchara     Chess/Checker Board Demonstration at his shop
10-Apr     Adam Conners    Shorty Table Saw
23-Apr            TBD                                
30-Apr     Bill Schuchat        Build a Small Table
1-May      Bill Schuchat        Fundamentals 2022
7-May      Wayne Watson     Mortise & Tenon
14-May    Mike Stoll              Shorty Hand Planes
27-May    Bill Schuchat         Box Prebuild
29-May    Bill Schuchat         Fundamentals 2022
4-Jun       Bill Schuchat         Build Small Boxes for Toys for Tots
5-Jun       Bob Kastigar         Small Gifts
18-Jun     Bill Schuchat         Fundamentals 2022

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 20CANCELLED

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. 

April Shop Hours
Apr 5 & 6          10 am – 2 pm
Apr 9 & 10         9 am – 5 pm
Apr 12 & 13      10 am – 2 pm
Apr 16                9 am – 5 pm
Apr 23                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, Apr 7th, 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


John Chapman
Zac Deets
Adam Fiock
Louis Hannegan
Michael Macauley
Douglas Palme
Robert Ryan

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 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, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild. 

Simply go to 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 instead of  If you have any questions on how the program works, just send an email to Vickie Berry at .

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:

IT Administrator:
Doug Johnson

Media Coordinator:
Brian Ellison

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee Chair:
Rick Weitzman

Shop Manager:
Wayne Watson

Assistant Shop Manager:
David Gronefeld

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Bill Schuchat

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

Image Credits:
CNC Machine — Rockler Website

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