April 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

April 20th 

Meeting Start: 6:45 PM

Meeting Location:

Moolah Shrine Center
Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO  63146


Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 6:45 PM


Bring your projects next month!!

President’s Letter

My last letter as president
I just wanted  to say that it has been a pleasure serving as president of this wonderful organization. I loved giving the monthly presentations, meeting and talking to the members.  I’m  going to miss that interaction with everyone.   I know with our great board and the new president we will continue to grow.
This Guild grows because of our volunteers.  We have a lot of great volunteers, but we need more.  Teaching a class is one way you can volunteer.  If you have a specific woodworking skill or a specific piece of equipment or projects you work on, please think about teaching a class.  Other ideas are helping with a class, sitting on a committee, helping with our meeting set up, or helping during the meetings.  This are just a few ideas, there are many other ways you can help.
This month I’ve been teaching my wife to make wood wall art.  She found this great picture of mountains and trees and sketched the idea out.  I’m teaching her what needs to be done and how to do it.  We are going to be using the scroll saw, router, table saw with the Dubby Cutoff Sled, chop saw and the CNC machine.  We measured the wood out and have everything ready to dimension. First she is starting with the frame so we have the lengths we need. Next she will be cutting the rabbets in the frame before she cuts the 45 degree angle down to size.  If we get this done by next month I’ll bring it to show and tell.   She is doing all the work.  I’m just watching and teaching.

Brian Ellison
President SLWG

Voting for open positions on the SLWG Board and Officers will be done by Members at the April meeting. Nominations from the Nominating Committee were presented at the March Meeting.

Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the April Business Meeting prior to the election.

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

Bowl Turning  Demonstration


T J Thayer

Turning a Spalted Hackberry Bowl



Wood Carving Demonstration


Glen Miller
Steve Botkin

Steve showed us his techniques for making his carvings, literally a “hands-on demonstration”.

Click on the Link below to see the entire presentation.

Glenn showed us each type of carving tool and their purpose, sharpening, types of wood that are best for carving, carving design methods, shortcuts, and then answered all of the questions thrown at him by the audience.
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Saturday, MAY 20
9 AM to Noon

Will be held in the Parking Lot beyond the Faust Park Maintenence Shed. 

Bring your stuff to SELL or TRADE to declutter your shop, or come by just to SHOP

Members Only Event

Click on the Link below to see what last year’s event was like!!

Link to video of 2022 Swap Meet
Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE

Quinn Saw Company Tour
Saturday, April 29, 2023
8 AM to 12 Noon

Registration on Website and more details click HERE

Super Star Weekend

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


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.


Wayne Humphrey showed off the Christmas Toy Projects that are typically produced for this program.
Pull toys are fun to make and finish.
Children love little keepsake boxes with hidden access.
Colorful boats are always a favorite.

Brad Bernhard brought a couple of veneered boxes that had a baltic birch substrate and he used a vacuum bag for holding the pieces in place while drying, a technique he learned from Don Snyder.
This marquetry box is for cremation ashes of a family member.  The pictorial on top has significant meaning for Brad.

Todd Martin brought in a side table he built for the HSH program.

Dan Lender is starting a new project and he wants to get all of the joinery right, so he has built a mock-up using poplar.

Dan is concealing all of the hardware, some even behind removeable panels.

John Ferreira likes to use found wood.  This piece he picked up on the side of the road with some burn marks on it, but it turned and finished nicely!
This bowl is made of green box elder with an epoxy ring on the top rim.

David Gronefeld, the Guild Shop Manager, has taken several SLWG classes and here is a set of nesting Shaker Boxes that he built during a class with Jay Noffsinger.

Alan Brown brought in this HSH table. Notice the use of light and dark woods, and the through tenons at the top of the legs.  Nice work!!
What?  Another end table by Hal Donovan!! He’s really pounding them out at #13!!!!

Bill Schuchat sent in some photos of projects from years past which show his evolving woodworking expertise.

Stand for Beer 1965
Shop Stool 1982
First Cabinet 1969
Kitchen Buffet 1986

Blockfront Chest 2012

TOOL RECALLS and Other Videos

 Here is a link to a site that lists safety recall notices for woodworking tools.  LINK

Here is a link to watch if you don’t believe spontaneous combustion is real.  LINK


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Why the SLWG builds and donates toys to children’s hospitals

I would just like to thank you for donating the wooden toys to Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital!! My daughter, Lola, is 7 yrs old & recently received her kidney transplant on 11/20/22 & has been hospitalized several times since then.
Today we had so much fun getting to choose, paint & keep some really cool wooden toy cars, wooden cutouts and the COOLEST wooden snake! I tried to tag you in our post but it wouldn’t work – so I wanted to share these pictures with you & tell you THANK YOU!!

We are working on Christmas toys and meet at the shop on the first and third Fridays of the month.

We recently received a large donation of wood wheels from a person in Minnesota through Dan Sudkamp.

So far everything we are working on is coming out of donated wood.  We could use some 2×8’s and 2×10’s for some Pull Toy projects.  Any pieces over a foot long would be welcome. If over 8 feet long, they need to be cut down for easy storage.
If you have any questions, please contact me. 

Wayne Humphrey

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 March 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.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2023 Toy Report

A New Year on a good start!! 

Toy Tally

April — 304
YTD — 815

April — 250
YTD — 712

Since 1994 — 83,618

2023 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 400 Club
Bill Meuth — 404

Over 100 Club
Dan O’Heron – 154
Linda Turner – 125

Over 50 Club
Rich Sanders — 57


Keith Lissant

2023 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

8 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


HomeSweetHome Community Outreach Program by the numbers

Number of Participating Members                     22
Number of Members who built 10 or more         4
Number of Member who built 4 – 9                    8
Count of Tables by Type
     Dinning                                        11
     End & Sofa Servers                     75
     Coffee                                          11
     Nightstands                                  3
Total Number of Tables built and donated Year 1      100

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


APRIL 20           T. J. Thayer          Bowl turning demonstration and talking about wood turning.

MAY 18             Don Turner              Making Kitchen Cabinets

JUNE 15            Chris Linebroker    River Tables

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

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

April 22, 2023 Tom McLaughlin   Bowfront Sofa & End Table
May 6, 2023 Mike Stoll   Tuning up and Using Bench Planes  
May 7, 2023 Noffsinger   Shorty Band Saw
May 14, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023A7
May 28, 2023        
June 3, 2023 Schuchate/Payne   Beginners Woodworking  
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

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.

  • 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. 

May Shop Hours
May 7                      9 am – 5 pm

May 9 & 10             10 am – 2 pm

May 13                    9 am – 5 pm

May 16 & 17          10 am – 2 pm

May 20 & 21           9 am – 5 pm

May 27                   9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, May 4th, 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


Jerry Rich
Mark Schoedel
James Avery
Nick Forrest
Hae Lac Kim
Yuhyun Kim


Ed Heathcock
Caroline Gilje
Eric Oman
Shawn Tarrant
Anthony Fresta
Cindy Gullo

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.

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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