January 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

January  19th 

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

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

Wood Turning Tools and their Application


Charlie Sapp



Shellac Finishing
Brad Bernhard
Brad gave a great presentation on how to select and apply shellac.  He brought in several examples of  the products used and the finished projects with details of each.
See the entire presentation on the link below.
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.

Register for the Super Star Weekend HERE — Early Bird pricing ends January 31


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.”

 Wayne Humphrey

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?
2 hammers
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!

Thank You

Todd Martin

Instructor Kathryn Salmo with the tools donated by Guild Members for middle school woodworking class


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.


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.

Jerre Baynes

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. 

Adam Conners

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).

Dan Lender

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.
Wayne Humphrey

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.

See a video of the tree and toys HERE.

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.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2022 Toy Report
End of Year FINAL

Toy Tally

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


Harry Cheatham
Carolyn DeVaney
Daniel Ellebruchi

Andre Rodgers
Randy Lamb
Bill Grimes

2022 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

27 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
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 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.

Tom Tierney

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.

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

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

January 15, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A1@Upick
January 22, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A2
February 4, 2023 Noffsinger (his shop) Inlay  
February 4, 2023 Coleman   Band Saw Set Up
February 5, 2023 Bernhard   Shorty Table Saw
February 12, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A3
February 19, 2023 Stoll   Shorty Hand Planes
February 26, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A4
March 4, 2023 Coleman   Jointer Set Up
March 11, 2023 Noffsinger (his shop) Oval Boxes (2 days)
March 12, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A5
March 25, 2023 Windus   Shorty Router Table & Edge Sander
March 26, 2023 Schuchat   Sharpening  
April 1, 2023        
April 8, 2023 Conner   Shorty Drill Press
April 9, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A6
April 15, 2023 Nasser (his shop)   Turn A Salt & Pepper Shaker
April 22, 2023 Tom McLaughlin   Bowfront Sofa & End Table
May 6, 2023        
May 7, 2023     Shorty Band Saw
May 14, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A7
May 28, 2023        
June 3, 2023        
June 11, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A8
June 24, 2023 Schuchat   Shorty Planer/Jointer

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. 

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.
 Limit of 10 per class.
Visit the SLWG website for Safety Class Signup HERE.

Directions: Plug the following address into your GPS or phone: 
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


Zach Anderson
Oliver Clark
Ben Cooper
Therese Cross
Andy Dearing
Brian Dietsch
Dominick Ehling
Gordon Garfield
Christopher Garland
Naga Gollapudi
Jonathan Hart
Ken Homan
Daniel Hoyniak
Dana Johnson
Wade Johnson
Alex Kelsheimer
Eric Loftus
Chris Long

Justin Manns
Don Matusofsky
Lava Meka
Jeff Muskopf
Ed Myers
Nag Nagulapati
Mark Nigh
Andrew Norsen
George Pantazo
Nicholas Perrin
Ryan Phillips
jagadeesh prasad pratapaneni
Jeff Rayfield
Russ Rogers
Russ Rogers
logan stanley
Jason Thomas
Syma Waxman
Tim Zeigler

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

Membership Coordinator:
Collin Preftakes

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

Donations Coordinator:
Todd Martin

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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