July 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
July 21st

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

President’s Letter – July 2022

I  finished my table top from last month.  Working with bar top epoxy for the first time was interesting and educational.  I learned a few things about epoxy and now I have a new technique in my toolbox.  The table top has a few minor flaws, but nothing I can’t live with.

This month while working on a few little projects,  I noticed that my 2 hp Harbor Freight dust collector was not sucking much. I put my anemometer on the test port and saw it  was pulling about 1500 feet per minute(ft/min).  I was previously around 5000 ft/min.    I took my filter off; it was clogged with really fine dust.  I thought it should have lasted longer.  (I upgraded my dust collector about 4 months ago to a large Canister with Cellulose weave and a MERV 15 rating and the size 18.06  x 13.83)  So I cleaned and reinstalled it and my suction is back up to 5000 ft/min.  In the future, I want to be able to tell when the filter is starting to clog up.  I did some research and found a video with Stubby Nubs on making a MANOMETER.  In the video Stubby has a cyclone system with filters stacked that looked like it would work for me.  Here is the link to his video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ws2FbU0nNS8    Stubby has a number of videos on dust collection.   Now I have a stacked filter on mine and made the Manometer pictured below in Show and Tell.   My anemometer top range is 6200 ft/min and it overruns my meter.  Now my system really sucks!
This months Presenter is  Dr. Christina Berwin, Rockwood Schools, speaking on Ideation of Play.  Dr. Berwin is the new administrative intern at Westridge Elementary, beginning July 1, 2022. Dr. Berwin replaces Mrs. Taylor Koenig, who resigned earlier this month.  Currently, Dr. Berwin teaches fourth grade at the Center for Creative Learning (CCL), a position she has held since 2017.  Dr Berwin will be talking about the teaching curriculum at the Rockwood School for Creative Learning.  The Guild builds and donates wooden toy kits for this program.  This should be an interesting presentation.  I hope to see you at the meeting Thursday, but if you can’t be there in person, Please 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 back for questions during the meeting.  We had good feedback and this helps our online viewers to hear the questions. 

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison


Guild member, leader and contributor Wayne Watson passed away this month.  Wayne has long been a force in the Guild.  He served as Guild President, Guild Vice-President and a member of the Guild’s Board of Directors for many years.

When Wayne set his mind to do something, he accomplished it with style.  He conceived and led the creation of Guild’s Faust Park workshop, and he served as its shop manager from the time the shop opened for member’s use until his passing.  He led a major effort to expand and improve the Guild’s presence at the annual Collinsville Woodworking Show.  He created and taught important woodworking classes in the Guild’s shop.  And he served as a mentor to new Guild members.  He led by example, taking on difficult projects and recruiting others to help him accomplish them. 

Wayne Watson will be missed but his legacy is lasting – he will continue to influence the Guild in very many ways.

(In Person Presentation)

Ideation of Play





Christina Berwin

Teaching children how to convert ideas into actual objects.



Building a

Wine Cellar


Cory Lamp

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

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Hand Planes – Silent Auction

July 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 July meeting with the starting bids:

  • Veritas Skew Block Plane (R) No.140  $205 


  • Veritas Small Plow Plane with Wide Blade Conversion Kit and Blades + 4. $375


  • Four Handmade Planes (see photo)  $180 (all 4)

The Tool Swap on June 19th at Faust Park had several opportunities for deals.  Click HERE for a link to a video created by Hal Donovan of the event.

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.


Charles Schrock brought in a nesting box that he made using
osage orange for the bottom part and looks like maple for the top.

Matt Conlon did a slide show at the meeting of his bow front chest that we featured in last month’s Newsletter.

Vickie Berry brought in a lamp that she made from reclaimed wood she picked up from a woodworker in Valley Park. 
Nice shade from Brodys, base with an epoxy infill, and topped off with a natural stone finial.

Brian Ellison showed us a homemade bandsaw circle-cutting jig that he made similar to Rockler’s.
This is the size adjusting doughnut which Brian inserted in the top of the dust collector to adjust the air discharge opening  to the diameter of the cartridge filter.
This is Brian’s modified dust collector mentioned in the Presidents Letter above.
Homemade manometer which shows the pressure drop across the cartridge filter to let you know when to clean it.

Dan Lender showed a tenon jig and talked about the importance of having the proper shims for set up.  Once you have the proper shims, you can just cut and cut and cut!

Randy Lamb brought in a nice looking tool caddy that he built using red oak.
This tool caddy has a nice little secret:  there is a bottom compartment to hold a whole set of chisels accessed by releasing hand latches on the ends and lifting off the caddy using the handle.

Bill Schuchat built a dining table for the Home Sweet Home table program.  The top was stripped and filled prior to applying 3 coats of poly plus a final finish of paste wax.  The legs and frame were built from oak provided from Foeder Crafters of America, the local oak barrel manufacturer.    Top is 40 x 25.  Height is 29.5
Grady Vaughan built this 22 x 12 x 22 H End Table for the HSH program from the white oak bundles, finished with Zar stain and 3 coats of wipe on Minwax Poly.

Examples of tables donated by Members Roger Besancenez and Jeff Puls.


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

Some of the toys being built for Christmas distribution. Painted toys by Linda Turner.

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

  Toy Committee Update

In June 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

July — 269
YTD — 2,100

July — 276
YTD — 1,421

Since 1994 — 80,247

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1121
Over 200 Club
Rich Sanders — 279

Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 175

Over 50 Club
Al Carson — 80
Paul Bailey — 74
Bill Schuchat — 73
John Bronson — 70
Keith Lissant — 54

Hal Donovan — 52


None this Month

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.

HSH Table Build Community Outreach

To date 12 Members have built tables for HSH. The Guild has delivered

five (5) Dining Tables,
nine (9) End tables,
six (6)  Coffee tables,
and two (2) Nightstands

for a total of twenty-two (22) furniture pieces. We have at least ten various pieces in the works. Some wood bundles are still available if you would like to get involved with the program.

If you have a table ready you can either bring it to the July meeting or contact me for pickup. You can drop your table by my truck which will be parked on the lower level next to the rear entrance of the Moolah Shrine building on Thursday.  Also, in the truck bundles of wood will be available for table builders. 

Please see me at the meeting or call me at (314) 412-1817 if you have any questions about the program.

Thank you to all of our Members who participate in this program by donating their time and talent to build tables for HomeSweetHome Clients.

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.

New stickers will be applied to each of the tables built and donated donated to HSH by Guild members. The stickers are 2” in diameter.

          2023 SPEAKERS & CLASSES
We are beginning to schedule speakers and classes for 2023.  If there is something you are interested in, send your suggestions to vicepresident@slwg.org and we will do our best to include them in next year’s schedule.

JULY   21 Christina Berwin Ideation of Play at Rockwood Schools
AUGUST 18 Joe Mendel   Luthier    
SEPTEMBER 15 Jay Nofsinger   Hepplewhite Style  
OCTOBER 20 Group Discussion Setting Up a Small Shop  

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

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

24-Jul Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
24-Jul Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2021
6-Aug Adam Conners Decorative Wire Inlay
7-Aug Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
13-Aug Jay Nofsinger   Shorty Band Saw
28-Aug Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2021
28-Aug Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
10-Sep Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
25-Sep Bill Schuchat Fundamentals 2021
25-Sep Dave Windus   Small Box with Splined Miters
1-Oct Brian Ellison   Beginner Turning
2-Oct Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
23-Oct Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
29-Oct TBD Sharpening
5-Nov Brad Bernhard Construction of a veneered Jewelry Box
6-Nov Brad Bernhard Construction of a veneered Jewelry Box
13-Nov 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 website HERE.

September 10, 11:30 AM      PICNIC at Shaw Park Clayton
and TOUR at Forest Park Art Museum
  Furniture Tour
St Louis Art Museum

The picnic is scheduled for Shaw Park in Clayton.  See the website for updates.  Be sure to sign up on the website so we know how many folks to provide drinks and food

Directions to the St Louis Art Museum (SLAM) and Shaw Park are easily found on your phone or navigation system.  Call Bill Schuchat at 314-406-1823 if you need assistance.

The picnic will begin at 11:30 AM at Shaw Park in Clayton.  The park is in the South-West corner of Brentwood Blvd and Forsythe Blvd.  Our reserved picnic area is the Barry-Wehmiller  Pavilion area near the pond. Parking is available on the west side of the park.  If you look up “Shaw Park” on the internet, there is a map of the park showing the parking areas and the pond.

A tour of the display of historic furniture at the St Louis Art Museum will begin at 1:00 PM.  We are coordinating with SLAM to determine how many people can take the tour at one time. Enjoy our world-famous Art Museum and time with your fellow guild members!

The guild will provide the main course (fried chicken), drinks, and paper products.
Please bring a covered dish of your own to share.  You may also want to bring fold-up chairs as the pavilion has a limit of 36 people, but we can overflow into the adjacent park areas..

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. 

NOTICE:  There is now a portapotty available for use at the Faust Park shop!!!

August Shop Hours
Aug 9 & 10              10 am – 2 pm
Aug 13 & 14             9 am – 5 pm
Aug 16 &17             10 am – 2 pm
Aug 20 & 21             9 am – 5 pm
Aug 27                     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, August 4th, 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


Butch Ackerman
Kendell Edwards
Kory Klemetsrud

Michael Kuster
James Pieper
Brant Whited

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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