August 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday
August 18th

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 – August 2022

Hello Fellow Woodworkers,  
This month I’ve been finishing a Butler’s Table from a Bill Schuchat class.  I got held up finding the right hinges for the side table and then decided I needed a better palm router than the little cheap one I had just for trimming laminates.  I got a great deal on a Bosch PR20EVS, brand new, in a factory sealed box from Ebay for $55.00.  Home Depot has them for $129.00.  I was excited about getting such a good deal and really happy when I got to use it. It’s a great palm router. 
My wife and I went to the MIDWEST SCROLL SAW AND WOODWORKING TRADE SHOW in Dubuque, IA.  This was a great show, I learned a little while my wife learned a lot.   We took an Intarsia class.  It’s just great to get someone else’s perspective on how things are done.  
I got to see new equipment and some really good woodwork and spent some money on some little stuff;  we all know you can always find something to buy.   
If you ever get a chance to go to a woodworking or trade show like this you should take the time to attend, it’s worth it.   Now that organizations are starting to have them again I’ll be looking for others to go to.  While we were in Dubuque, we decided to drive out to the Field of Dreams and got heart broken because they were closed for the MLB game that was on the last week.  

Hope to see everyone at this month’s meeting where Joe Mendel, a Luthier, will be talking about making musical instruments.  This is going to be a can’t miss presentation.  I look forward to seeing you there.

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison

(In Person Presentation)

Making Musical Instruments


Joe Mendel




Ideation of Play


Christina Berwin

Teaching children how to convert ideas into actual objects.

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Hand Planes – Silent Auction

August 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 August meeting with the starting bids:

  • Four Handmade Planes (see photo)  $125 (all 4)

W. D. Quinn Saw Co. has MOVED
to 1 International Plaza, St Ann 63074

W, D. Quinn Saw Co. is an SLWG Sponsor and has high tech state of the art equipment for repairing and sharpening saw blades.  See Lessons Learned item below in Show and Tell for a testimonial!

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

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


Mission style coffee table contributed by Tom Tierney to Guild’s HSH Outreach program.

This is my third table for this great cause.   I’m calling it a mid-century inspired cafe table.  I got the design idea from a YouTube channel called “Bourbon Moth”.   On the YouTube channel he used a lot of Dominos, but I did it with dowels to join the legs.   It was fun to build with the curved legs and half-lapped cross braces.   And my first circular table top!

Roger Besancenez

Sideboard I built for our daughter. She chose the  style and color for the piece.
Red American Elm was used. The 5/4 rough sawn wood was purchased from Wunderwood. Two coats of Shellac were applied for the base coats followed by three coats of water based stain. Finally, six coats of water based polyurethane were applied for the top coat. All finishes were wiped on.

Tom Tierney

Dave Gronefeld brought in a tool chest and a tool caddy that he made during a woodworking class led by Wayne Watson.

Vickie Berry brought in several examples of river trays she has completed recently in walnut with gloss, semigloss, and satin finishes.

Vickie also showed off Bill Meuth’s Christmas Cart.
Brian Ellison brought in a table he made using ash and mahogany.

Keith Lissant had several items including a candlestick, coaster, and this hanging lamp with a globe for tea lights.
Tom Tierney showed a new design possibility for the HSH Program, a sofa server table.

Dan Lender created drawings for download HERE.

Paul Kennedy is a woodworking instructor who teaches instrument building and he brought in a dulcimer that he made.

Charles Schrock had some leftover white oak from building tables so he used some of the shorts to make this segmented bowl.

Bill Grimes brought in a platter that he made and decorated with butterflies that he spray painted the designs on both the front and back using an air brush.
Front side of platter.
Bill also showed a picture of a tool caddy he built for his lathe that doubles as a lathe trolley.  He has also built a combination CNC Trolley/Tool Cabinet/Dust Extractor unit and a trolley for his band saw.

Examples of toys that were assembled by Rockwood 4th graders from kits made by SLWG Members.


I was tapering the table legs for one of the HSH Program tables and added to my experience base..

Lessons learned from this episode:

1.  When using a tapering jig, know where your saw blade will end up when it passes the holddown clamps.

2.  A full width 1/8″ blade has a much better chance of surviving an event with a SawStop brake assembly than a thin kerf blade..

3.  SLWG Sponsor W. D. Quinn Saw Co. can repair and resharpen a quality blade that does survive this event if it is not too damaged.. The brake cartridge only bent one shoulder and damaged 3 tips on this blade.  Much cheaper to repair than to replace.

Grady Vaughan

Be very careful of the placement of the blue holddown clamps on the Rockler (or any other) tapering jig.  Lining them up wrong can be disastrous.
This is the result of not paying enough attention to the placement of the holddown clamps on a SawStop table saw.


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

One of the trikes being built on Friday at the Faust Park Shop for the Christmas Toy Program about ready to go.

At right, one of the Rockwood students used their imagination to turn one of the Guild’s plain race cars into a custom ride.


Ever wonder what woodworkers could do with 120 ping pong balls?  Find out in an upcoming issue of the newsletter.

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

  Toy Committee Update

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

Call me if you need toy parts and I will bring them to the meeting for pickup.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

August– 275
YTD — 2,375

August — 319
YTD — 1,740

Since 1994 — 80,566

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1282
Over 300 Club
Rich Sanders — 339

Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 175
Paul Bailey – 128

Over 50 Club
Al Carson — 80
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:

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

Peace Pantry Cedar Hill
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

With the promotion of the school leader of the program and the current apparent lack of a replacement who will continue it, we are on hold with this program.  We will advise when we hear if the program will continue in the future.

HSH Table Build Community Outreach

If you have a table ready you can either bring it to the August 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 and we will do our best to include them in next year’s schedule.

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

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 Sistek/Schuchat Sharpening
5-Nov Bill Schuchat Use of Leigh Dovetail Jig
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!!!

September Shop Hours
Sept 6 & 7             10 am – 2 pm

Sept 10 & 11          9 am – 5 pm

Sept 13 & 14         10 am – 2 pm

Sept 17 & 18          9 am – 5 pm

Sept 24                  9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class

   Thursday,September 1st, 6:30 pm
           Faust Park Workshop
           Plan for 3 Hours
         $20 for Current Members

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.

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.

Address:  1135 Henry Jackson Rd. Chesterfield, MO

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


Rick Chole
Lisa Crouch
Michael Hakim
Aaron Johnson
Daniel Maurer
Daniel O’Heron
Amanda Par

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:
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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