June 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
June 16th

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


9 am  to Noon
JUNE 18, 2022

Faust Park Parking Lot near the Shop

Refreshments only provided (No Lunch)

Items available for sale from the Barn:
Two radial arm saws
One homemade lathe
One homemade combination router table & table saw
One metal Audio Visual cart
One storage cart for dowels/scraps on casters
One cast iron scroll saw
One grinder on home made stand

President’s Letter – June 2022

Hello fellow woodworkers, 

My project this month is a tabletop for an outdoor wrought-iron table.   I’m using Ash and Mahogany scraps to make the tabletop.    The top is going to be 27″ round with a ¾ inch lip.  This started out to be quite easy, but has turned into one of those projects that if anything can go wrong,  it will. 

First, I thought I would go with dowel pins, which I used on a few of the smaller pieces until I noticed my holes weren’t straight.   Then, I rigged my drill press table to drill the longer pieces.  That works for the smaller pieces but not for the longer and wider pieces.   My next thought was to  get out the biscuit joiner.  That worked but I had to make a trip to the store to get more biscuits. 

When you live in a rural area, it’s a half hour to Lowes, then to Home Depot because Lowes was out.  Now I’m an hour away from home and when I get home, it’s dinner time and I’m done for the day.  I’m thinking tomorrow will be a better day. 

The next issue I ran into was sanding.  My drum sander was running at too slow of a feed rate (which I know better than to run that slow on hardwood) 

Well, you can guess what happened, I burned up the paper and the wood. So as I went to change the paper, I couldn’t find the correct paper for my sander.  I know I have two new rolls and tore my shop apart looking for them.  We’ve all been there.   I found some that I cut to fit, but five minutes in both papers ripped at the same spot when it clamps in.   By this time, I was frustrated and decided to walk away. 

The next morning, I walked in my shop and you guessed it, I found my  two rolls of sandpaper on the shelf under the sander.  Why didn’t I look there yesterday?  Now with the sanding done, all that’s left is to  join the two halves together and put bar top epoxy on it.  I hope that goes well. Maybe by next month I will have a show and tell.  
This month we have Corey Lamp from Lamp Wine Cellars,  This should be a great presentation. I hope to see you at the meeting Thursday, but if you can’t be there in person, join us on YouTube.
Last month’s Show and Tell was great.  Lots of interesting projects and good discussion    Thanks to everybody who participated. Let’s keep it up this month.
The Microphone in the center of the room will be there for questions during the meeting.  We had good feedback and this helps our online viewers to hear the questions.  

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison

(In Person Presentation)

Building a

Wine Cellar


Cory Lamp

Woodworking involved in these projects and the volume of work in this market.



Which Glue do I use for my Woodworking Project?

Presented by

Chad Forsthoefel
Gorilla Glue Company

Chad did a great presentation of the various glue types that apply to woodworking applications.  The Q&A period was especially interesting because the questions were focused on actual project needs.  If you missed the meeting, watch it on the link below.
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Hand Planes – Silent Auction

June 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 June meeting:

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

Thank You

A big shoutout to Dave Gronefeld for donating firewood  to keep the Faust Park shop warm!

Membership Information

To assist the Board to provide information and classes that are relevant to the Guild membership additional information is being requested on the individual profiles. Please take a few minutes to review and update your profile on our website at https://slwg.org

To update your profile with the additional request information you will need to sign-in under the “Members” tab. Once you are signed in click on “User Profile” under the “Members” tab and review and update your information.

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.


John Ferreira brought in some bowls and platters that he had turned with stabilized wood.  He used a variety of woods including oak, spalted pecan, and maple dyed red.  For embellishments he used unique materials such as sweet gum balls.

Brian Ellison showed his project of a keepsake ring box for his recent marriage.  It is made of canary wood with lace wood bands and a little blood wood.  He said the the blood wood is really hard to work with — it is quite brittle.

Ron Johnson brought in some boxes that he has been doing some veneering on.  He recommends a book on veneering  by Hobbs that Members can borrow from our library.  The small box he is holding was an inexpensive box from Hobby Lobby that he veneered with rosewood and walnut to upgrade it a bit.

The “Gentlemen’s Box” with a faux drawer is bookmatched on top and veneered on the front side as well.

Dan Lender brought in a mortise box clamp assembly that he plans to use on his next project.  He made it from leftover project wood.

Steve Mikola  showed a shooting board which he made using his CNC machine.
Larry Alvarez showed some abalone pens.  He said it takes about 4-5 hours each because of the assembly and turning process for this material.

Keith Lissant brought in an octopus jig saw puzzle made from a solid piece of pine using a #7 blade.

Jay Li brought in a fantail chisel that he custom made.  He did away with the normal handle because he never held it that way.  He uses a Chinese steel that is similar to A2 steel.  He recommends using a 35-40 degree angle for mortise cutting rather than the typical 25-30 degree angle because he has found that it results in a much longer lasting cutting edge.

Matt Conlon sent in some photos of a project he recently completed.

This is a blanket chest I built for my daughter and her husband.  It is primarily Swamp Oak with a cedar bottom. The rails attach to the legs with mortise and tenon joints. The vertical panels fit into the rails with tongues and are free floating for expansion and contraction.

It was a fun build.  Learned a lot.  Had some mistakes to overcome, but overall it turned out pretty nice.  I was at the Faust Park shop a lot to plane and joint the wood, cut the mortises there.  Got tips from the shop monitors when I would ask a question too, so it was good.
One big lesson I learned is make sure you have all the wood you need for the various parts on hand.  Trying to match thickness later is a real pain.

Matt Conlon


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

Toy Committee Chair Rick Weitzman was busy checking in toys at the In-Person Meeting.

  Toy Committee Update

In May we received a good mix of toys and we are working on adding some new groups for our toy donations.

I will have parts for toys at the meeting this week at the toy drop-off table.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

June — 435
YTD — 1,831

June — 225
YTD — 1,145

Since 1994 — 79,971

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 900 Club
Bill Meuth — 948
Over 200 Club
Rich Sanders — 211

Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 175

Over 50 Club
Paul Bailey — 74
Bill Schuchat — 73
John Bronson — 70
Keith Lissant — 54

Al Carson — 52
Hal Donovan — 52


Wayne Humphrey
Hal Donovan
Jerry Bachmann

Paul Deutsch
Grady Vaughan
Tim Boeddeker

2022 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

19 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

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

Rockwood School Program

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

HSH Table Build Community Outreach

Wood bundles will be available for pickup at the Thursday meeting and at the Faust Park Shop Saturday morning.

Finished tables can be dropped off at the Faust Park Shop Saturday morning also.

Email (tmtierney@gmail.com), 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.


                     PRESENTER          SUBJECT                         
21-Jul           Christina Berwin      Rockwood Toy Program      (Guild Meeting)

We are currently planning a presentation for the the OCTOBER meeting 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 vicepresident@slwg.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.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

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

18-Jun          Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 3         
10-Jul           Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 4         
26-Jun          Wayne Watson        Fundamentals 2021 Class 9         
30-Jul           Jay Nofsinger          Inlay Techniques               
24-Jul           Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 5
31-Jul           Brian Ellison             Beginner Turning
6-Aug            Adam Conners        Decorative Wire Inlay
7-Aug            Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 6
13-Aug          Jay Nofsinger          Hepplewhite Furniture Design
28-Aug          Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 7
 10-Sep         Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 8
 25-Sep         Dave Windus           Small Boxes with Splined Miters
02 –Oct         Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 9
23-Oct          Bill Schuchat           Fundamentals 2022 Class 10
 05-Nov         Brad Bernhardt        Construction of a Veneered Jewelry Box

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

Everyone is asked to bring a covered dish or a dessert; bring folding chairs if you want to be able to sit.  The Guild will provide the main course (fried chicken) and drinks. 

We need volunteers to help with:
1) stake out a picnic area
2) pick up the main course
3) pick up drinks
4) pick up ICE

Please send an email to vicepresident@slwg.org if you can assist.

If you plan to attend, please sign up at the SLWG website and indicate how many people will be in your group.

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. 

July Shop Hours
July 5 & 6          10 am – 2 pm
July 9                 9 am – 5 pm
July 12 & 13     10 am – 2 pm
July 16 & 17      9 am – 5 pm
July 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, July 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


Tom Bannon

Stoney Meyerhoeffer

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 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 Brian Ellison at president@slwg.org .

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

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