Moolah Shrine Center Oasis RoomUPSTAIRS
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 7:00 PM
President’s Letter – November 2022
With this being the last meeting of the year, I would like to touch on some of the highlights of 2022.
Our membership numbers have increased quite a bit.
The monthly meeting attendance numbers are getting back to before covid numbers.
More members are viewing online and also viewing the recorded meetings.
We have a lot of volunteers for the Christmas Toy Program, HomeSweetHome and Toy Programs.
The annual picnic and Art Museum tour was well attended and everyone had a good time.
We had a large increase in the classes we offer. A number of new classes are in the works for 2023.
As we look ahead to 2023, we are working to re-vamp our educational programs and need your input. What is it that you, as a member of the Guild, want to learn? Is it a woodworking technique, a piece of equipment or tool you want to master, or perhaps the design, measurement and steps in creating your own pieces? We want to know! Send an email to the President@slwg.org or VicePresident@slwg.org.
As a reminder, we will not be having a meeting in December.
We look forward to seeing even greater numbers of members taking advantage of our meetings, educational programs and volunteer opportunities in 2023.
Saturday, April 22, 2023
with Tom McLaughlin
from Canterbury, New Hampshire Guest Host on TV Shows
Tom is planning to cover the various aspects of a bowfront table: design, joinery, curve shaping, making bow front drawer, veneering, edge-banding & inlay, and finishing. For a preview of his experience, see his website HERE.
More details to come as plans are finalized.
Registration for this event will be posted to the website shortly. All members will receive an email notice.
SHOW AND TELL
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 email@example.com.
Dan Lender brought in a mother of pearl inlay piece that he plans to incorporate into a panel for a piece of furniture.
Charles Schrock pointed out how a few scraps of oak, cherry, and other woods can be made into nice little objects of art.
Visitor Tom Judkins showed us mallets that he made using ebony, black locust, and walnut, plus maybe some maple and oak.
Bill Meuth built these two slat top tables for the HSH program.
Tom Tierney built the taller table using an orphaned oak table leaf. Daniel Williams built the round table.
John Vincini built the two smaller tables.
The larger table is the one Tom Tierney built shown above using the table leaf, now completely finished.
A friend bought a pretty sophisticated chef’s knife sharpening tool kit and needed a box that would conceal all of the components and would be nice looking enough to be left out in the dining room. He came up with a two-tiered design which contained the working parts in the lower level and the various sharpening stones in the upper section. I built the box with a grid to secure the stones and he applied the final natural finish.
I used hard rock maple leftovers from a mill flooring project for the 5/16″ thick shell and walnut leftovers from another project for the handles on the sides and top. Each tier is rabbeted so that they interlock when stacked.
Bill Schuchat has finished a book case, repurposing a cherry television cabinet that he built in 1988. Another shelf will be added to divide the upper section, but this has not been made yet. He cut the raised panels for the doors on his table saw with a jig that rides along the fence. The doors were stained with a powdered aniline dye to match the original cabinet. The finish is 2 coats of shellac; then rubbed out with 600 grit wet/dry sand paper and waxed with Johnson’s paste wax.
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.
NOTICE: All toys for this year’s Christmas toy program must be dropped off at the November meeting. Toys received after this meeting will be put into next year’s stock.
Toy Committee Update
Toy production moves along. We had a good selection of toys collected at the October meeting and look forward to the November meeting projects.
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.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2022 Toy Report
November — 323
YTD — 3,378
November — 412
YTD — 2,660 Since 1994 — 81,486
2022 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1854
Over 400 Club
Rich Sanders — 443
Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 182
Paul Bailey – 150
Over 50 Club
Bill Schuchat — 91
Al Carson — 80
Wayne Humphrey — 80
Don Turner — 79
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
7.1% ACHIEVED 21Members
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.
Peace Pantry Cedar Hill
RankenJordan Ped. Bridge Hospital
Rockwood School District
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toys for Tots
Rick Weitzman, Chair
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 November 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.
Wood will be available for pick up at the November meeting.
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.
JANUARY 19 Glen Miller Wood carving demonstration.
FEBRUARY 16 Dan Bechtold Discussing the sawmill industry.
MARCH 16 Charlie Sapp Discussion & pictures of wood turning tools and using them
APRIL 20 T. J. Thayer Bowl turning demonstration and talking about wood turning.
Woodworking ClassesHeld at Faust Park Workshop
2023 SPEAKERS & CLASSES
We are in the process of scheduling speakers and classes for 2023. If there is something you are interested in, send your suggestions to “firstname.lastname@example.org” and we will do our best to include them in next year’s schedule
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 websiteHERE.
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.
December Shop Hours Dec 6 & 7 10 am – 2 pm
Dec 10 & 11 9 am – 5 pm
Dec 13 & 14 10 am – 2 pm
Dec 17 & 18 9 am – 5 pm
Next Shop Safety Class
Thursday, December 1st, 6:30 pm
Faust Park Workshop Duration:
Plan for 3 Hours Cost:
$20 for Current Members
Safety Class attendees must register online and bring their current Guild membership card.
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
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
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders
Brian Ellison – 314-651-7699
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)