Moolah Shrine Center Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 6:45 PM
NO SHOW AND TELL AT THIS MONTH’S MEETING BECAUSE OF THE BUSINESS MEETING
Bring your projects next month!!
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.
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.
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In Person Presentation and Livestream)
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.
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
with Tom McLaughlin
from Canterbury, New Hampshire Guest Host on TV Shows
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 email@example.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!!
CHRISTMAS TOY PROGRAM
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.
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.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2023 Toy Report
A New Year on a good start!!
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
2023 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 4,000
10% Member Participation Target
2.3% ACHIEVED 8Members
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.
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
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.
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
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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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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)