April 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
April 21st

Social & Cake: 6:30 PM
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 April SLWG Meeting wear face masks.

President’s Letter – April 2022

FINAL WORDS – Thank you!
My term as President of this amazing organization is ending this week and I confess I have mixed emotions. When I first joined the Guild in 2015, I had recently left the Corporate world and wanted to have no leadership responsibilities. I remember feeling I wanted to belong to a service oriented organization and finally learn woodworking skills.

The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild was exactly what I was looking for. Well, I’ve still got a long way to go on my skills, but have always been delighted with the level of Community Service that is ingrained in the members and the organization.

It’s been a true privilege to lead our organization. We’ve accomplished so much, all through some pretty rough and unprecedented times. Membership grew, classes and programs prevailed, more members participated in activities, community service pivoted and continued, and we honed our remote meeting techniques. All of that was made possible by the dedication of our Executive Board and you as members.

I know the organization will continue to thrive and be in good hands. The next President and Board will do an outstanding job – as they always do. As I’ve said before, please consider getting involved in the areas where you have the most interest and passion. We want to ensure the organization continues to grow and meet everyone’s reason for joining.

So, in closing, thank you for all you do to support our amazing organization and mission. I look forward to my new role as Past-President and supporting the new President in any way needed.


a.k.a. – 1abWdWrkr

Officers and Director Election Reminder

Members are reminded that nominations from the floor for open positions will be called for at the April Meeting after the Election Committee Nominees have been reported.

Members need to be present at the meeting to both nominate and/or vote for candidates.

Persons nominated will be invited to state their qualifications for the position at the meeting.

(In Person Presentation)

The Woodworking Required for Building Pianos

Presented by

Joe Jackson

Jackson Piano Company



Group Discussion
CNC Machines

Facilitated by

Don Turner
SLWG Director

The imposing panel of CNC Experts who answered many questions from the Members.  Don Turner, Mike Peery, Willie Blue, and Joe Turner

CNC machine brought to the meeting for demonstration
CNC machine accessories
CNC router with dust collection hood
Joe Turner setting up for demonstration at meeting
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

It takes a lot of sophisticated equipment to do our meeting livestreaming.

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.

The following hand Lee-Nielsen hand planes will be offered for sale at the April meeting:

  • No. 112 – Large Scrapping Plane – Starting bid $195
  • No. 60-1/2 Block Plane – Starting bid $175
  • No. 4-1/2 Smooth Plane – Starting bid $295
  • No.’s 98 and 99 Side Rabbet Planes (Sold as a set) –  Starting bid – $225

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.


Don Turner showed some CNC plaques and panel product examples
Dan Sudkamp showed some cutting boards that he made

Jay Li showed a plane that he made recently.  The design was based on a #4 plane and has custom blades and adjusting screw
Alan Brown showed a barnwood cutting board and a band saw circle cutting jig

Larry Alverez showed some Christmas ornaments and pens that he made
Closeup of Larry’s ornaments.

Jerre Baynes showed a bandsaw box that he crafted from a class led by Wayne Humphrey.
Mike Peery showed a race car that he did on his CNC machine in a similar method as a bandsaw box

Willie Blue showed his CNC project
Joe Turner showed several CNC projects and noted that he was especially interested in it for the precision work with his puzzle projects

Bill Schuchat showed some toy prototypes that he built to show the Rockwood School District Teachers as examples of possible kits but were deemed too difficult.
This is a prototype for an excavator that Bill made.  Wayne Humphrey made 10 kits of this model for the kids at Rockwood School to assemble.

Jay Noffsinger recently completed this large bowfront dresser in the Hepplewhite design. He will be at the April general Guild Meeting with additional photos and discuss the construction details as well as answer any questions from Guild Members.


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. Charles Hardwoods is looking for Help in their Store!

If interested, please call Mark or Vern @ 636-926-2000.


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Toy Committee Chair Rick Weitzman was busy checking in toys at the March Meeting.

Some of the great toys that are being created by our Members as gifts to children in hospitals.

  Toy Committee Update


Toys will be collected at the April Meeting.


The Toy Committee now has most of the Hospitals receiving toys.
We need Animal cutouts, animals in the round, flowers, birds.
If Members need toy parts, let me know what you need and I will bring them to the meeting. 
A selection of parts will be available at the meeting.

Rick Weitzman

Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

April — 627
YTD — 1,172

April — 285
YTD — 695

Since 1994 — 79,251

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 600 Club
Bill Meuth — 635
Over 100 Club
Rich Sanders — 127

Over 50 Club
Linda Turner — 75
John Bronson — 70
Bill Schuchat — 55
Keith Lissant — 54
Paul Bailey — 52


None this month

2022 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

11 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.

Rockwood School Program

The Rockwood School program for Spring 2022, includes the following volunteers: Paul Deutch, Jerry Bachman, Tim Boeddeker, Dave Windus, Wayne Humphrey, Grady Vaughan, and Bill Schuchat

The team has made kits for the kids to assemble including airplanes, graders, stake body trucks, cable cars and front end loaders.  The classes will be daily from May 2 thru May 6.

Bring Me A Book Team News
Michael Shipley, Executive Director of Book Book Go, formerly Bring Me a Book St. Louis, has informed the Guild they now have a free Book Bus Bookmobile and store front in Webster Groves at 46 W. Lockwood. They continue to strive to improve early childhood literacy and inspire children to read every day with their families. You can find out more at their website – BookBookGo.com.

The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild collaborated with Bring Me A Book and provided almost 1,100 Book Boxes that were given to children in underserved communities in Missouri and Illinois for their home libraries. We’re not building boxes now; however, Michael is planning on collaborating with us again on a new pilot project that will create handmade bookshelves for new reading rooms in area schools.

Table Build Community Outreach

The first batch of White Oak lengths were distributed to 15 Members on April 2. The wood will be used to build tables and nightstands for Clients of HomeSweetHome. Three tables have been donated so far this month.

We are in the process of cutting additional lengths now to have them available for pickup at the April meeting this Thursday. Look for the white F150 by the lower-level entrance. Please write your name and the number of bundles you take on the pad in the truckbed. Two (2) bundles make a small end table and four (4) are required for a coffee table.

Also, please share pictures of tables you have completed tmtierney@gmail.com. Or, send your pictures to grady.vaughan@gmail.com if you would like your pictures included in the Show ‘n Tell section of the Guild’s May newsletter.

Since the program is just starting, please share your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Tom Tierney

Here is an example of an in progress bedside table for donation to HomeSweetHome that Tom Tierney is working on in his shop.
It still needs to be final sanded, stained and sealed, but after that it will be ready to deliver!

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop


The upcoming session of the Woodworking Fundamentals Class which starts on May 1st is FULL and has a waiting list!

Stay tuned for the next round of this essential class for new and maybe not-so-new woodworkers.

Woodworking Classes

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

30-Apr          Bill Schuchat           Build a Small Table
1-May            Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals of Woodworking 2022
5-May           Wayne Watson        Safety Class
7-May           Wayne Watson        Making Mortise & Tenon Joints                     
14-May         Mike Stoll                Shorty Hand Planes                    
27-May         Bill Schuchat           Pre-Build Small Boxes for Toys for Tots
2-June          Wayne Watson        Safety Class
4-June          Bill Schuchat           Build Boxes for the Toys for Tots Program

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.


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. 

May Shop Hours
May 3 & 4          10 am – 2 pm
May 7 & 8          9 am – 5 pm
May 10 & 11      10 am – 2 pm
May 14 & 15      9 am – 5 pm
May 21              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, May 5th, 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


Jonathan Baker
Dan Behlmann
Mark Choate
Michael Dunn
Adam Gregory
Zachary Hill
Doug Johnson
Katherine Johnson
Jay Li
Todd     Martin
Melissa Miller
Alexis Montoya
Spencer Powell
Steve Ruch
Jason Sellers
Jim Travis
Roy Travis
Ched Wagner
Cole Wright

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:

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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