September 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

September 15th 

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 – September 2022

This month has been really busy and I wasn’t able get much woodworking done, but I did buy a small 3018 CNC machine. 

The 3018 CNC was easy to build, but not so easy to get running.  The support was all done by email and each email took 24 hrs. to get an answer.    Well, after two weeks of going back and forth by email, I finally managed to fix it myself.  Turns out it was a Windows com port problem that I had to force manually. 

The CNC machine only came with the program to run the machine so I had to find a free program to make the G-code.  I found a program called Inkscape which was easy to run and make the G-code.   But my G-code had errors and didn’t work correctly. I found CAMotics which turned out to be an easy fix.  CAMotics lets me run the program on the screen without having to waste wood.  And, yes, I wasted a lot of wood.  Now I’m ready to try my first real project.   Wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

We had a great time at the picnic.  It was a beautiful day.  Thanks to everyone who was able to join us.  The St Louis Art Museum tour was interesting and informative.  This month before the meeting I will be playing a slide show of all the pieces we saw during the tour.

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison

(In Person Presentation)

Building a Bowfront Chest in the Hepplewood Style

Presented by

Jay Noffsinger



Making Musical Instruments


Joe Mendel


Joe demonstrated live his own process for bending and forming the curved sides of a guitar.
He used a jig that he created from readily available birch plywood and miscellaneous hardware.
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Guild Tool Silent Auction

M18 18 V Lithium-Ion Cordless 6-1/2 in. Circular Saw (Tool Only) 
Brand New still in the original Box

Retail at $139.00 plus tax

Open Bid $ $99.00

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

SLWG Annual Picnic
at Shaw Park and St. Louis Art Museum
September 10, 2022

The annual picnic this year was held at Shaw Park, followed by a visit to the St. Louis Art Museum to view furniture exhibits.  The weather was great and a good time was had by all who attended.


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


President Brian Ellison shows off the new plaque that Don Turner created to memorialize Wayne Watson by dedicating the shop in his name.
Three more white oak tables heading for HSH recipients.

Keith Lissant built this little red truck for his nephew.

Bill Schuchat showed a #4 plane that he bought on eBay listed in “good condition”, only to find out when it was delivered that it had a broken frog.  He complained to eBay and they immediately refunded his entire purchase price.  However, he has had a problem getting a replacement frog as there were different frog designs over the years and finding the right one can be a chore.

Brian Ellison shows off a dropleaf table that he built and finished after taking a class with Bill Schuchat.

Larry Alvarez showed some pen and pencils and sets that he made using various materials such as deer antler and coco bolo.  He has made about 25 so far this year.

Hal Donovan has been building tables for the HSH Project using the recovered white oak.
These End Tables will make a useful addition for someone’s home.  And high quality, too.

Built and donated by Leo Weisman from reclaimed oak bookcase shelves and HSH oak. Nice job Leo.

Sanding Technique for Ogee Raised Panels
by Ron Romitti

I’m in the process of making a bookcase for our study. The bookcase will have shelving above for books and a three-door cabinet below with drawers inside. The doors will be raised panel style.

 I’ve made raised panels on the table saw before but never the ogee style we wanted for this bookcase. My problem was, how do I sand the raised panel profile without ruining the detail. So, I did some research and found a way that worked very well. 
The process involves getting a piece of 1” X 24” X 24” rigid foam insulation and cut off a few 2” X 4” blocks.

Next, you’ll need a piece of scrap wood with your raised panel profile. Spray on some 3M contact adhesive to the scrap wood and piece of 150G sandpaper and very carefully adhere the sandpaper to the scrap wood profile. Now you have a negative sanding form of your raised panel ogee profile.

Next you take one of the foam blocks and sand it into the negative sanding form. This will make the reverse profile of the raised panel profile. I had trouble keeping the sanding block straight, so I stuck on a 1/2” piece of wood to the sanding form to help keep the sanding block straight while sanding.

When finished you have a perfect fitting profile sanding block. Spray some adhesive to the new sanding block and some sandpaper and carefully adhere them together and sand away. It worked extremely well for me.

Above are pictures of the raised panels I made before and after finishing them with Watco Danish oil.


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 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

September  — 235
YTD — 2,610

September — 258
YTD — 1,998

Since 1994 — 80,824

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1435
Over 300 Club
Rich Sanders — 375

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


Steve Biner
Dan O’Heron

2022 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

21 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
Charles Schrock
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.

HSH Table Build Community Outreach

If you have a table ready you can either bring it to the September 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.

          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.

SEPTEMBER 15 Jay Nofsinger   Build a Bowfront Chest  
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

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.

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!!!

October Shop Hours
Oct 4 & 5             10 am – 2 pm
Oct 8 & 9             9 am – 5 pm
Oct 11 & 12         10 am – 2 pm

Oct 15 & 16          9 am – 5 pm

Oct 22                  9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class

   Thursday, October 6th, 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


Scott Berlinger

Ric Faulkner

Jason Gresoski

Jeremy Jones

Paul Kennedy

Miles Shearrer

Philip Sonderman

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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