May 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

May 18th 

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

President’s Letter

This will be my first letter to the Guild as your new president. I am honored and excited to be entrusted with this responsibility!

I have been doing woodworking in one form or another for over 40 years and have been a Guild member for around 12 years. I was able to increase my time spent in my shop after going part time in my occupation of St Louis University School of Medicine Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Sports Medicine. I retired completely in 2020 and have been able to broaden my knowledge and skill as a woodworker while attending a multitude of classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking near Indianapolis, Indiana, earning my Master Certification there several years ago.  My favorite branch of woodworking is building Period Furniture.

One of my major goals as your president is to encourage many members to take a more active role in the Guild! Like a lot of organizations, the work of the Guild is primarily accomplished by 10% of the members. We have grown rapidly in the COVID era which is remarkable. Think about what we could accomplish as an organization with a significant increase in the percent of members  taking a more active role!  – be givers, not just takers! Think about this when opportunities are presented to you!

I look forward to another great year for the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild and I am always available to listen to your concerns and recommendations!

Stay safe in the shop,

Jay Noffsinger


New President Jay Noffsinger presented outgoing President Brian Ellison with a gavel plaque as a thank you for his service for the last year.

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

Secrets of Cabinet Building revealed by SLWG Member Don Turner


Bowl Turning  Demonstration


T J Thayer

Turning a Spalted Hackberry Bowl

TJ started on the outside of the bowl that he had rough-shaped prior to the presentation
By the time he got to the inside of the bowl, he had generated a goodly amount of shavings
TJ brought several examples of bowl turnings
It was a clean set up before the turning began.
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

MAY 20th
9 AM to Noon

Location-Parking lot north-west of the maintenance building in Faust Park (not the music school parking area)

The St. Louis Woodworkers Guild is hosting a woodworker’s swap meet in Faust Park near the Guild’s shop location.  Members of the Woodworkers Guild are encouraged to buy, sell, or swap items.  The event will not be open to the public.

  • There is no fee for members to participate
  • The Guild will not have any involvement in any transaction between members  Participants should bring cash or checks
  • The Guild will provide no tables
  • All parking must be on the hard surfaces
  • All items must be removed from the area by 1:00 pm
Guild Used Equipment For Sale
The Guild will be taking bids to sell the Guild Shop’s Grizzly 15” planer.  It has been properly maintained.  This item will need to be removed by 1:00 pm.  The Planer has a reserve bid of $1000. The Guild will accept cash or check for payment.   Loading assistance can be provided. 

Please contact Dave Gronefeld @ 314-479-5958 for all bids and for additional information.  


  • Motor: 3 HP, 240-volt, single phase, 15 amps
  • Max cutting width: 15 in.
  • Cutter Head Type: Spiral
  • Feed Rate(s): 16, 30 FPM
  • Table size: 20 in. x 15 in.
  • Weight: 655 lbs.
  • Built-in mobile base
  • Includes some ducting
Bottled water will be available.

This event may be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Opportunities to buy, sell, or trade your tools and materials abound at the SLWG Swap Meet!!
15″ Planer for Auction
Link to video of 2022 Swap Meet
Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE

We had a great time at the 

Quinn Saw Company Tour

See the video of the event HERE

Quinn Saw Co. group demonstration
Automatic blade sharpening machinery

A big thanks to Hal Donovan for creating the video of the Quinn Saw Event.

Super Star Weekend

Tom McLaughlin

Our annual Super Star Weekend happened as planned this year on Saturday, April 22 and was a great success, with a good group attending and an engaging presenter.  32 Members attended the event.

This event was conceived and managed by Dan Lender with several members helping out under his leadership.  Members assisting in the equipment moving and setup included Tom Tierney, Phil Morton, Joe Turner, Mark Zupec, Ron Romitti, and Mark Hatton.  Adam Conners took pictures documenting the event.

Below are a few of the photos from the event.  Tom and his wife, Kris, his camera lady, did an outstanding job of presentation so that the detail of how he worked was shown on the large digital screen, and Tom kept up an engaging banter throughout the presentation.  See all of the photos on this LINK.

Rockwood Toy Assembly at Westridge Elementary School

Fifth graders assembled 75 toy kits to make Train Engines, Airplanes, Road Graders, Trucks and Front End Loaders.  Three teachers and parents supervised and nine Guild Members provided technical assistance.
Kudos to Wayne Humphrey, Terry Blevins, Hal Donovan, Tom Tierney, Craig Altman, Grady Vaughan, Bill Schuchat, Alan Brown, and Paul Deutch for their particpation.


SEPTEMBER  Picnic and Tour

The annual picnic is scheduled for September 9 at Faust Park Picnic Area #2 and has been posted to the website. The picnic will begin at 11:30 AM.  The park is  on Olive Blvd north of I-64/US 40.  Our reserved picnic area is the #2 picnic area.  Parking is available on the east side of the park.
A tour of the historic buildings at the Faust Park will begin at 1:00 PM.
The guild will provide the main course (fried chicken), drinks, and paper products.  Please bring a covered dish of your own to share.  You may also want to bring fold-up chairs. Please register for this event so we know how much food to have.
We are still looking for volunteers to assist with the picnic.  Send email to Bill Schuchat at if you are willing to help.


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


Hal Donovan completed another end table for donation to the HSH Table Program.  This is his #15.
Linda Turner has been creating some really cute toys for the Guild Christmas Toy Program.

Alan Brown made this game/puzzle on his CNC machine.

There wasn’t a coat closet in my vintage 1907 house and I didn’t want to get into building one, so I built this armoire as a substitute.  We had a lot of stained wood trim that was rather dark in the adjacent room, and we wanted this piece to not appear as massive as it was, so we applied a painted finish to match the walls, put mirrors in the doors, and my wife stenciled a couple of ginkgo leaves at the base.

Grady Vaughan

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

We continue to work on Christmas toys and meet at the shop on the first and third Fridays of the month.

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 awaits toy donations at every monthly meeting and has toy parts if you let him know in advance of the meeting.

  Toy Committee Update

Toy production moves along, but we need more.  We had a good selection of toys collected at the April meeting but our hospital partners are starting to increase their requests, and our inventory of toys in the shed is starting to go down.

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

Toy Tally

May — 257
YTD — 1072

May — 353
YTD — 1065

Since 1994 — 83,971

2023 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 500 Club
Bill Meuth — 513

Over 200 Club
Dan O’Heron — 234

Over 100 Club
Linda Turner — 125

Over 50 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 65
Rich Sanders — 57


Wayne Humphrey

2023 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

9 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:

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


The table program is ongoing and completed tables can be brought to the meeting or the Swap Meet on Saturday.

Table Count for the 2nd Year of the Program (so far):   6

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


MAY 18             Don Turner              Making Kitchen Cabinets

JUNE 15            Chris Linebroker    River Tables

JULY 20             D. Turner/B Ryan    Inlay & Use of CNC

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

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. 

June “Open Shop” Hours
June 4                      9 am – 5 pm

June 6 & 7             10 am – 2 pm

June 10                    9 am – 5 pm

June 13 & 14          10 am – 2 pm

June 17 & 18           9 am – 5 pm

June 24                   9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, June 1st, 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


Steve Botkin
Valerie Botkin
Naresh Kumar Chenna
Michael Paleen
Tyler Wills
John Wood

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 Jay Noffsinger at and if I don’t know the answer, I will try to find it for you.

SLWG Officers, Board Members and Committee Leaders

Jay Noffsinger

Vice President:
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823

Adam Conners – 314-495-1772

Tom Tierney – 314-412-1817

Bob Kastigar  (exp. 2024)
Dan Lender  (exp. 2025)
Hal Donovan (exp. 2026)
Jason Sankovitch (exp. 2027)

Immediate Past President:
Brian Ellison

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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