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.
A ticket to the Super Star Weekend will be raffled off at the Thursday Guild Meeting. You have to attend to win.
Thank you to Don Turner for this donation!!!
Celebrating the arrival of a new baby at the Faust Park Shop, a 20″ Grizzley Helical Head Planer. It’s now up and running according to Shop Manager David Gronefeld.
Important Notice from the SLWG Board regarding the Faust Park Shop
The Faust Park Shop is open only to SLWG members who have completed their Safety Training. Minimum age for membership in the Guild is 16 years old. Children less than 16 cannot be Members and therefore are not allowed in the shop under any circumstances. Shop Monitors are authorized to enforce this major safety and liability issue.
Thank You Note received from The Peace Pantry, one of the organizations where we donate toys:
“Thank you for your very generous donation of handmade wooden toys. We held a special craft event where children painted some of the toys to give as gifts or keep for themselves. A number of toys have been purchased at affordable prices for the children whose parents cannot afford expensive toys. The dollars collected from the sales is used to purchase more food to be given out at the pantry.
It is gracious donors like yourself that help us continue our mission of helping those struggling in the community.”
Holy Cross Tool Project
Late Last Month, the Guild was asked to provide some advice and donation assistance in locating used tools or resources to support an elective woodworking class in a small Catholic School system. Holy Cross Middle School offers students an opportunity to be introduced to woodworking through the use of basic hand tools, power drills, sanding and finishing.
Todd Martin and John McClung have a strong relationship to Holy Cross and stepped up to coordinate a small tool drive. John’s kids attended the preschool in Shrewsbury, and Todd is local to Shrewsbury as is Kathryn Salmo, the instructor leading the new program. Todd Volunteered to be the collection spot for donations. The outpouring of support was nothing less that staggering.
This class is incredibly important to students who do not learn in a traditional way or who struggle academically. This is an outlet for them to be successful and create something that allows them to use their strengths. Particularly after COVID shutdowns and quarantines, young people have needed this. Kathryn will be our guest at this month’s guild meeting on Thursday 19th.
This is just another example of the impact our Guild and its members have on our community. Our Home-Sweet-Home outreach, the Toy Program and community support are a testament to our strong and healthy Guild.
Since Dec 20th, The Guild members stepped up and donated:
1 handsaw and miter box
2 Ryobi drills with battery and charger
1 DeWalt drill with battery and additional 4 amp hr battery plus case
8 tape measures
I set of clamps of various sizes (6)
24 safety glasses
1 set of metric forstner bits
2 compound squares
I set of 230 drill bits
Ear plugs …maybe 10 sets?
1 speed square
4 packs of drill bits, various sizes
2 packs of full sheet sandpaper
The Board would like to thank all of you who donated to this important cause. Later this year, Todd Martin will be visiting the class as guest speaker and will talk to the class about finishing techniques for their project. At the end of the semester the class donates a piece to be sold at the school auction. It has been really successful and the interest in the course is able to expand that to the support from Members like you!
Instructor Kathryn Salmo with the tools donated by Guild Members for middle school woodworking class
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian Ellison showed a shamrock scroll cut and a glasses holder that he made in his shop.
John Ferreira brought to the November meeting a wood vase with epoxy infill that he recently made.
Steve Mikola has been working on wood hinges for his boxes. He brought in an example of the box and showed how he used his custom jigs to properly size and line up the pieces.
Steve Briner made this hall table with drawers.
Steve’s hall table showed its usefulness by serving as the lectern for the evening’s presentation by Brad Bernhard.
Started working on this built-in bookcase last March. Solid walnut. Had to shape my own crown molding. Had fun playing with the inlay work.
I finally finished my router table and cabinet, after about 7 years of work. At each stage where the table gained functionality, progress stalled. The router table was on sawhorses in my basement for a couple of years. Then the cabinet got assembled and put on wheels in the garage. Several months later, the small drawers got done and then I had bit and wrench storage. This winter I made a concerted effort to finally finish the project. I have more router bit storage than I know what to do with right now, plenty of space for my router accessories, and some decent dust collection. Because the project took so long, I got a chance to see how I would do a much better job of making the cabinet carcass now, as opposed to when I started the project.
I am planning to make a Mission style bedroom set (original design) for my wife. The nightstand is complete. Now, it is time to make the bed (pun intended).
The nightstand is made from QSWO and has a Blum undermount drawer slide. The secondary wood is poplar.
I used the table saw method to make the drawer dovetail joinery.
The door panels have mother-of pearl dots and black veneer inlay.
The casement joinery has 5 splines, 5 half laps, 36 dados/grooves, 12 double tenons, and 38 single tenons. I will be applying finish to the drawer when my garage gets warmer. The casement finish is a combination of dye, stain, shellac, and water-based lacquer.
Collin Preftakes recently completed this oak sideboard. He notes that the design generally follows that of Gregory Paolini with a few modifications to dimensions, construction, and finish.
Grain matching on the panels make a nice pattern feature.
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
2022 Toys for Tots Program a Great Success!!!
Samples of the types of toys built were displayed at the November meeting. Thanks to all the members that donated time and materials to make this happen.
Woodworkers Guild Tree at the Shriners Feztible
There were many toys, bowls, ornaments and other items made by Guild members. Maureen (Shriner) said that the Guild tree was one of the more popular trees. She said many of their members complimented the variety and quality of the hand made items.
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 November meeting. It was a great ending to the year as we met out target for 2022. Time now to get started on 2023.
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.
Thank you to all who have built toys and contributed to this important program in 2022.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2022 Toy Report
End of Year FINAL
December — 1,685
YTD — 5,063
December — 1,420
YTD — 4,080 Since 1994 — 82,906
2022 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 2000 Club
Bill Meuth — 2075
Over 500 Club
Rich Sanders — 627
Over 200 Club
Linda Turner — 282
Over 100 Club
Paul Bailey — 150
Wayne Humphrey — 101
Over 50 Club
Bill Schuchat — 96
Al Carson — 80
Don Turner — 79
John Bronson — 70
Keith Lissant — 54
Jerry Lammers — 54
Hal Donovan — 52
2022 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 4,000
102% ACHIEVED Congratulations!!!
10% Member Participation Target
8.7% ACHIEVED 27Members
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 January 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 January 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.
A sampling of some of the tables received for the HSH Table Program
FEBRUARY 16 Dan Bechtold Discussing the sawmill industry.
MARCH 16 Glen Miller Wood Carving
APRIL 20 T. J. Thayer Bowl turning demonstration and talking about wood 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 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.
Shop schedule may change due to inclement weather. Generally, if schools are closing, the Shop may also be closed. A notice of the Shop closing will be placed on the Home Page of the SLWG Website HERE
December Shop Hours
Feb 5 9 am – 5 pm
Feb 7 & 8 10 am – 2 pm
Feb 11 9 am – 5 pm
Feb 14 & 15 10 am – 2 pm
Feb 18 & 19 9 am – 5 pm
Feb 25 9 am – 5 pm
Next Shop Safety Class
Thursday, February 2nd, 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.
Directions: Plug the following address into your GPS or phone: 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)