Moolah Shrine Center Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 7:00 PM
I will not be at the meeting this month. I’ll be on a Cruise, so Bill Schuchat will be running the meeting.
This month I found a great buy, it’s a FATBOY Pencil by FastCap. $18.95 but it’s worth it’s 5.5mm lead. It comes with regular, white, and red which is starting to be my favorite. It sharpens with a standard sharpener. I saw a review on this somewhere on YouTube and had to buy one. I’m really getting tired of breaking the lead on my preacher pencil, so far I have not broken this even when I sharpened it to a really fine point.
If you want to give a talk or a small presentation at the meeting, Please give me one week’s notice so I can get it in the time allotted for the general meeting.
Thanks, and see you next meeting,
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In Person Presentation and Livestream)
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!!!
Thank you card to the Guild for the tools donation from Holy Cross School .
In Memory of Don Snyder, a loyal and accomplished member of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild, in addition to all of his other capabilities. He served as President of the Guild as well as a respected instructor, mentor, and friend to many Guild Members.
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.
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.
I was asked to help with making an accent piece of some-kind for an interior decoration. My wife went to an antique store and purchased a unique item, not knowing what it was. Later, I discovered that it was a wheel wright’s traveler. A wheel wright would use this devise to measure the outer diameter of a wheel to determine the length needed to fabricate either a steel or a rubber tire. The traveler is mounted to wood which is ¾” x 12” x 16” flat sawn white oak inlayed with 1/42” x 1/8” black veneer. General Finishes High Performance satin was used for the finish.
The arrows depict the grain matching technique. The glue-up was from one narrow board cut into three pieces.
Wayne Humphrey told us about this project that he partially completed years ago with a piece of driftwood and an attempt at carving a crappie.
Then came along Linda Turner who is a talented painter and voila!!! She made this wooden crappie lifelike!!!!
John Ferreira turned this beautiful vase from eastern redbud.
He noted that this species has a little known characteristic of glowing in the dark.
Hal Donovan completed End Tables #7 & #8 for the HSH Program.
Project in Progress
I have been working on a cherry Hall Table for several months. Photos show progress, but not complete yet. Tried a new process for finishing the cherry, but I am not entirely happy with the result. The breadboard end is missing from one end because I pinned it with ¼” dowels that were bigger than ¼” and split one end, so I am having to remake one piece.
I made a picture frame jig from the videos of Michael Alm (https://www.almfab.com/). It took a couple of tries to get it as square as I wanted it, but the first frame from scrap wood came out pretty good.
It has a couple of features that I probably wouldn’t have thought of, but if I were to do it over again, I might start with an aluminum framing square that was already square, rather than cutting an aluminum ruler into two pieces and trying to attach them square.
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 January meeting.
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.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2023 Toy Report
A New Year on a good start!!
January — 336
YTD — 336
January — 198
YTD — 198 Since 1994 — 83,104
2023 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 200 Club
Bill Meuth — 250
Over 50 Club
Rich Sanders — 57
2023 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 4,000
10% Member Participation Target
1% ACHIEVED 4Members
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 February 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 February 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.
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.
Pictures from the January Fundamentals Class
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
March Shop Hours
Mar 5 9 am – 5 pm
Mar 7 & 8 10 am – 2 pm
Mar 11 9 am – 5 pm
Mar 14 & 15 10 am – 2 pm
Mar 18 & 19 9 am – 5 pm
Mar 25 9 am – 5 pm
Next Shop Safety Class
Thursday, March 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.
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)