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.
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 email@example.com.
Bandsaw box that was started at the Bandsaw box class in the Fall of 2021.
Cherry with Walnut drawer pulls.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Toy Committee Update
Toys will be collected at the March Meeting.
Call Rick if you have any questions about the current needs.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2022 Toy Report
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
3.3% ACHIEVED 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.
5-Mar Dan Sudkamp Cutting Boards
6-Mar John Ferreira Epoxy Finish
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
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 websiteHERE.
SPECIAL SUPER STAR SEMINAR
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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)