November 2022 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

November 17th 

Meeting Start: 7:00 PM

Meeting Location:

Moolah Shrine Center
Oasis Room  UPSTAIRS
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 or  
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.
Happy Holidays!

See you Thursday,
Brian Ellison



(In Person Presentation)

Shellac Finishing
Brad Bernhard

All you need to know to apply shellac finishes.



Setting Up a Small Shop

Wayne Humphrey
Jay Noffsinger
Bill Schuchat


Wayne, Jay, and Bill each gave their own experiences in setting up a shop, followed by a lively Q&A session.  Watch the recording for the whole experience.

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE
Super Star Weekend

Saturday, April 22, 2023
Tom McLaughlin
from Canterbury, New Hampshire
Guest Host on TV Shows
Master Woodworker

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.


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


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.

Grady Vaughan

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.

  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.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report

Toy Tally

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

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
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
Grady Vaughan

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.

Tom Tierney


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 Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

We are in the process of scheduling 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

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

December 3, 2022 Bill Schuchat Beginners Woodworking  Class  
December 4, 2022 Brian Ellison Beginner Turning  
January 7, 2023 Bill Schuchat Beginners Woodworking  Class  
January 15, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A1@Upick
April 15, 2023 Nasser (his shop)   Turn A Salt & Pepper Shaker
NOTE:  Not all 2023 class have been posted yet.

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. 

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
           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


Jim Becher
Matt Croxford
Myles Farrell
Ryan Hansen
Justin Kern
Mark Latz
Andrew Missey
Jeremy Pearlman
Christopher Rohloff

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:

Membership Coordinator:

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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