The SLWG leadership recommends that in-person attendees at the May SLWG Meeting wear face masks.
New President’s Letter – May 2022
Hello, I’m Brian Ellison. I got the woodworking bug in 7th grade shop class and messed around with woodwork until my mid 20’s. When I bought my house several years later, I got my hands on some cheap equipment and started my love of working with wood all over again. My learning process is to first do a lot of reading on the skill I want to learn. However, I learn from doing and making opportunities to learn (not mistakes).
My first big purchase was a brand new Craftsman scroll saw. I made bird houses, feeders and other small stuff. I soon saw the limitations like pin-in-blade, but I fell in love with scrolling. It has taken a while to build my shop into what it is today, but I only bought new tools when I needed it to finish a project.
I look at my woodworking as an art form, from scrolling to pen turning to cabinet making. I’m always looking for something to add or change to make things more appealing to the eye. This is why I learned to carve. Carving allows me to add to my woodwork projects. After that I learned to tole paint so I could paint my carvings. The possibilities are endless.
At our meeting this month we are having Chad Forsthoefel of Gorilla Glue. Chad will be talking about various wood glues. This is a good opportunity to learn more about glues and the applications for various woodworking projects. Like a lot of us, I know what I like and get stuck in a habit of using the same type of glue. I’m looking forward to a new perspective.
Please be mindful of your time for “Show and Tell”. We are getting more items to show and that is great but we want to give our guest presenter their full time. Please limit your time to talking about interesting problems, type of wood used, length of time to make and finish used on your piece
I hope to see all of you at this month’s meeting, May 19th.
Vickie Berry was presented with a THANK YOU memento of her term as President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild.
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.
This is a chair that I built to cover a register on a short wall in my living room (saw a similar chair out of pine in an architectural journal and liked it’s vertical form). This chair is local walnut with a maple burl seat and a linseed oil finish.
Child Chair Project by Dan Lender
The material selected was white oak and the joinery is mortise & tenon.
The topcoat applied is General Finishes WB High Performances finish.
I used 8 pieces which tapered from 1/8” to 3/16”each. The back supports are bent lamination, and to stay true to form, the front legs are lamination.
The rear legs are tapered bent lamination. . The seat was scooped using the table saw and the design has it appearing floating. All of the pieces have curved lines.
Reason we do projects like this.
Charles Hoehnmade this floating small sculpture and cabinet.
Bob Kastigar showed his rolling noise toy that has a laminated handle and is made from red oak, black walnut, maple and cherry. He built this as an entrant for the Build-a-Thing Contest.
Wayne Humphrey did some Kool Aid dying after seeing an example in a recent Scroll Saw Woodworking Magazine issue. He made these from pine and poplar and finished them with a coat of polyurethane.
Dale Norman showed us his exquisite scrollsaw work with depictions of covered bridges. He noted that time and patience is a required component for this work as he spent about 80 hours or so on each of them.
Brad Bernhard has been working on his skills in veneering with these jewelry boxes of cherry with maple accents. He sourced some of the maple materials from an old piano. He used Brusso hinges and finished them with shellac.
Ron Sucharashowed us a chess/checkers game board that he made using walnut and ash. He noted that in combining different species in projects like this can have some unexpected results if not done properly and is planning on teaching a class soon to pass on these selection and assembly skills. He also noted that all 64 block pieces are interlocked.
Charles Schrockshowed this side table built for the HomeSweetHome table building program. Made from the white oak program stock and finished with a polyurethane finish.
We has so many Show and Tell items this month that Brian Ellisondecided to cede his time to the main meeting presenter and just answer questions around the show table about his Turned Jars.
Fun with Wine Barrels
Everybody is experimenting with old wine barrels and what to do with them. Linda and Don Turner are no exception with some inspiration from Pinterest and other on-line resources. Their niece had a wedding where some used wine barrels were used as bar height table legs that were purchased for that event. Linda, always thinking, asked if she could have one of the barrels to do something creative. A couple of days later her brother delivered one of those barrels to their garage where it sat while something original could be done with them. Here are some of the steps on how they got some barrel seats on their screened in porch.
They started with a used wine barrel and marked the cut lines. Note the location of the cork hole.
They wanted to put backs on the chairs so they cut the barrel so the cork hole would be centered on the back of one of the chairs.
For the other chair they moved the winery’s medallion to the center of the back so each chair had it’s unique touch.
Next they cut the seats out on the CNC cutting ½ for the fronts and ½ for the backs out of oak to match the oak of the barrel. Not much color matching but at least it was the same wood.
Their younger daughter suggested it wouldn’t be complete without a wine glass holder since these were wine barrels.
The height of the half barrel was too low for the seat which made legs necessary. Cross pattern legs were machined on the CNC with lap joint centers.
The barrel bottoms were pretty warped so they had to be routed to make flat surfaces for the legs to be mounted on.
The whole setup complete plus a table that was refurbished with added butterfly inserts to strengthen the table top.
For you wine folks out there, when machining the barrel, the router bits heated up the wood enough that the wine residue would release Cabernet aroma. The aroma really added some ambiance to the making of this project!
A closer look at the repaired table top with the butterfly inserts.
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
Some photos from the SLWG tour of Scott Wunder’s shop on April 23. Event was attended by about 25 Guild Members. It was an amazing tour.
Cory Lamp will be our presenter at our June meeting. He will show us how to build a wine cellar.
We are planning a presentation for the Fall where we have a group discussion focused on “Setting Up a Small Shop”. We have many new members who will benefit from this discussion. If you would like to participate, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we get going, we will be having a series of Zoom and/or in-person meetings to discuss how to organize this event. Possibly have multiple options for members with differing interests such as DIY, Small Projects or Furniture. Feel free to input your thoughts even if you do not want to be a presenter.
St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community
Toy Committee Chair Rick Weitzman was busy checking in toys at the In-Person Meeting.
Toy Committee Update
Our current most needed toys are cutouts, small boxes, flags, flowers, Boats, wands, 4th of July, animals, cat, dog horse, bear etc.
We deliver unfinished toys year round to the organizations listed below for children patients to paint and take home. Our finished toy program makes toys to the Toys for Tots organization for Christmas time delivery.
We would like to add a few more Hospitals or other organizations that we give toys to. If you have any ideas please let me know.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
Some of the toys being made for the Christmas toy program.
2022 Toy Report
May — 224
YTD — 1,396
May — 225
YTD — 695 Since 1994 — 79,746
2022 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 700 Club
Bill Meuth — 753
Over 200 Club
Rich Sanders — 211
Over 50 Club
Linda Turner — 75
Paul Bailey — 74
John Bronson — 70
Bill Schuchat — 55
Keith Lissant — 54 Al Carson — 52
Al Carson Steve Mettes
2022 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 4,000
10% Member Participation Target
4.3% ACHIEVED 12Members
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.
RankenJordan Ped. Bridge Hospital
Rockwood School District
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toys for Tots
Rick Weitzman, Chair
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, included the following volunteers: Paul Deutch, Jerry Bachman, Tim Boeddeker, Dave Windus, Wayne Humphrey, Grady Vaughan, and Bill Schuchat.
The team made 88 kits for the kids to assemble including airplanes, graders, stake body trucks, cable cars and front end loaders. The classes were held daily from May 2 thru May 6, and 53 kits were assembled. These finished toys are being donated to the hospitals being supported by the Guild’s Toy Program. Each student also got to build a guild racecar which they were allowed to take home.
We are gearing up for Rockwood Fall 2022 so if you are interested in making some of these kits for the Fall term, send an email to email@example.com. We are tentatively planning to make about 100 toy kits over the Summer and early Fall.
HSH Table Build Community Outreach
Sixty-five (65) bundles of White Oak sticks have been handed out to program participants. Ten (10) Member-built tables have been delivered to HomeSweetHome to date. Thank you to all our participants.
Dining Tables (2)
Coffee Tables (3)
End Tables (4)
Last week the program crew acquired more wood. The wood has been processed into 40″ lengths and bundled. Wood is now available to all members who want to participate in the program.
Participation in the program is a fun, challenging way to build your woodworking skills. Stop watching YouTubes and turn on your tools.
When Members ask me how many bundles should they take, my reply to them is “How much fun do you want to have?”
Bundles of white oak recovered from a local wood barrel manufacturer and reprocessed by Tom Tierney and team. Ready for use by Woodworking Guild Members to build tables for donation to HomeSweetHome charity.
Date Teacher Subject 14-May Mike Stoll Shorty Hand Planes
27-May Bill Schuchat Pre-Build Small Boxes for Toys for Tots Registration has been reopened if you tried, but could not get in. 2-June Wayne Watson Safety Class
4-June Bill Schuchat Build Boxes for the Toys for Tots Program Registration has been reopened if you tried, but could not get in.
5-Jun Bob Kastigar Small Gifts
18-Jun Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2022
10-Jul Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2022
26-Jun Wayne Watson Fundamentals 2021
30-Jul Jay Nofsinger Inlay Techniques
24-Jul Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2022
31-Jul Adam Conners Decorative Wire Inlay
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.
SAVE THE DATE
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.
June Shop Hours
June 7 & 8 10 am – 2 pm
June 11 & 12 9 am – 5 pm
June 14 & 15 10 am – 2 pm
June 18 7 19 9 am – 5 pm
June 25 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 Brian Ellison at firstname.lastname@example.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 Brian Ellison at email@example.com .
SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders
Brian Ellison – 314-651-7699
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823
Adam Conners – 314-495-1772
Tom Tierney – 314-412-1817
Jay Noffsinger (exp. 2024)
Dan Lender (exp. 2025)
Hal Donovan (exp. 2026)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)