May 2020 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
May 19th

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 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.
Brian Ellison

Vickie Berry was presented with a THANK YOU memento of her term as President of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild.

(In Person Presentation)

Which Glue do I use for my Woodworking Project?

Presented by

Chad Forsthoefel
Gorilla Glue Company



The Woodworking Required for Building Pianos

Presented by

Joe Jackson

Jackson Piano Company

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Hand Planes – Silent Auction

May Meeting!!!

One of our Members generously donated several high-quality 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 planes will be offered for sale at the May meeting:

  • Veritas Skew Block Plane (R) No.140   $275.00
  • Veritas Small Plow Plane with Wide Blade Conversion Kit and Blades + 4. $498.00
  • Lee Valley Scratch Plane   $30.00
  • Four Handmade Planes (see photo)  $240.00 (all 4)

Vickie promised treats at the April meeting and here they are!!!
The photographer got to the cake too late to capture the full caption, but most woodworkers can figure it out.
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


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.

Carrie Roy

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 Hoehn made 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 Suchara showed 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 Schrock showed 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 Ellison decided 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

Wunderwoods Tour

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  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.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

Some of the toys being made for the Christmas toy program.

Wayne Humphrey

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

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

12 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.

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  We are tentatively planning to make about 100 toy kits over the Summer and early Fall.

Bill Schuchat

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)
  • Nightstand (1)

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?”

Email (, call or text (314) 412-1817 and pick up some wood.

Tom Tierney

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.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Woodworking Classes

Upcoming Classes
See the Schedule on the SLWG Website HERE.
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 website HERE.


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. 

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.

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

Next Shop Safety Class

       Thursday, June 2nd, 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


Adrian Gutierrez

Zachary Hill

Gary Neumann

Spencer Powell

Jason Sellers

Jim Travis

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 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 Brian Ellison at .

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Brian Ellison – 314-651-7699

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)
Hal Donovan (exp. 2026)
Don Turner (exp. 2023)

Immediate Past President:
Vickie Berry

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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