October 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

October 20th 

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 – October 2022

Hello Woodworkers,  This month’s letter is more like a quick note. 

This month’s program, Setting up a Small Shop, is going to be one we can all learn from.  The folks giving it have spent a lot of time putting it together and making videos.   I hope you all can make this meeting, especially if you are setting up a small shop for the first time or need to rearrange yours.

I had the opportunity to teach a beginning turning class this month for four exceptional wood workers. They caught on fast, got the basics down quickly and we even had time to make a spinning top.  The pictures in Show and Tell are of the class working and their finished candle holders.  This class was very popular and filled up fast.  We decided to open another class in December and it filled up right away.   If you are interested in taking this class please let Bill Schuchat or me know, and we will get another class on the schedule. 

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison

(In Person Presentation)

Setting Up a Small Shop

Wayne Humphrey
Jay Noffsinger
Bill Schuchat




Building a Bowfront Chest in the Hepplewood Style

Presented by

Jay Noffsinger

Jay gave an interesting and informative talk about the woodworking techniques he used in the construction of this beautiful bowfront chest.  Watch the recording below for the whole experience.

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 $ $89.00

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 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

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

Last month we showed some pictures of the Annual Picnic and this month we have a few more to share. 

Click here to view Picnic Pictures


Woodworking Super Star Event

April 23, 2023

More info to come



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.


Bob Ryan showed a curved handle serving tray that he made from a WoodSmith website plan using cedar for the handles and maple for the tray base.

Alan Brown made this End Table using recovered white oak for the HSH Program.  Nice top design!

Tom Tierney made this Nightstand with drawer using recovered white oak for the HSH Program.  Notice the economy of wood used by piecing a couple of the top and side slats in the panels which adds to the design interest.

Tom also made this Nightstand where he finished it with a wipe on gel stain.

Brian Ellison’s beginning Turning Class and their first projects.

Examples of a coffee and small dinning tables for HSH Clients.
Dinning table base made from Poplar.
Coffee table builder is Charles Schrock. Tom Tierney built the dinning table.

Bill Schuchat is in the process of repurposing a cherry television cabinet that he built in 1988.  TVs are no longer square so a new one would not fit in this cabinet which has been sitting empty for a long time.  He is converting it into a book case.  Another shelf will be added to divide the upper section, but this has not been made yet.  He built raised panel doors for both the upper and lower sections and stained them to match the old finish.

The finish is 2 coats of shellac; then rubbed out with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper and waxed with Johnson’s paste wax.  Hinges have been installed, but pulls have not been obtained yet; probably will use brass ball pulls.

The cabinet was originally made with an open back.  To install a back, Bill had to cut rabbets around the perimeter, but found that the edge guide on the router kept hitting the shelves and top and would limit the cut to about 1/3 rd of the edge.  So the remainder was cut by hand with chisels.  Depth and with were marked with a wheel marking gage to keep the cuts aligned.  A mistake with the router left one portion of a rabbet too deep and required an infill patch and staining to match.  Hopefully the photo is small enough that no one can see this.


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 readily awaits the toy donations.

  Toy Committee Update

Toy production moves along.  We had a good selection of toys collected at the September meeting and look forward to the October meeting projects.

We made our first toy delivery to Hawthorn Children’s Psychiatric Hospital this month. They were very excited to have the toys to use in their therapy sessions.

All woodworkers should be aware that we are donating these toys for children and that all toy donations must be fully sanded with NO splinters or sharp edges — ready for a final finish.  

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

October — 445
YTD — 3,055

October — 258
YTD — 2,248

Since 1994 — 81,074

2022 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1674
Over 400 Club
Rich Sanders — 411

Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 175
Paul Bailey – 150

Over 50 Club
Bill Schuchat — 91
Al Carson — 80
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

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:  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
Hawthorn Children’s Psych. Hosp.
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 October 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. 

Sorry, no wood bundles are available at the moment.  Watch for an email when we restock. 

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

OCTOBER 20 Group Discussion   Setting Up a Small Shop
NOVEMBER 17 Brad Bernhard   Shellac Finishing

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

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

23-Oct Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
29-Oct Bill Schuchat / Mike Sistek Sharpening
5-Nov Bill Schuchat   Leigh Jig for Dovetails
13-Nov Bill Schuchat   Fundamentals 2022
3-Dec Bill Schuchat   Beginners Woodworking
4-Dec Brian Ellison   Beginner Turning

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
Nov 8 & 9             10 am – 2 pm
Nov 12 & 13             9 am – 5 pm
Nov 15 & 16         10 am – 2 pm

Nov 19 & 20          9 am – 5 pm

Nov 26                  9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class

   Thursday, November 3rd, 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 paved 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


Michael Dunn
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 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:
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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