Moolah Shrine Center Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 6:45 PM
Greetings from your president. Since my last letter, I have been very busy trying to learn what being president involves. I am sure I have already made mistakes along the way but have been working hard on your behalf! We have a wonderful guild with a spectacular Board.
Some of the many activities that have been going on include:
We conducted a very successful Superstar workshop with Tom McLaughlan as our guest speaker
We held a member swap meet in Faust Park
We set aside about half of our $60,000 cash assets to purchase a CD to be earning a reasonable interest rate instead of being stagnant in a savings account
We added another community outreach program, teaming with the St. Louis Astronomical Society to help them by supplying wood replacement parts when telescope bases are damaged
We are going through our bylaws to make them accurate and up to date
We have ordered 5,000 new Guild flyers to be placed in businesses around the region for distribution to people who express an interest in the Guild
A plan is in place to have 7 board members visit the Kansas City guild on June 25th to see their impressive 12,000 square foot guild shop to get ideas on how we can move forward with a 5-year plan that assures we will continue to meet the needs of our growing guild membership
That’s a lot in a short period of time, but many other things are in the works for the future! Please have patience with me as I continue to learn my role. You can contact me at any time about ideas and suggestions you might have to make our guild better.
Stay safe in the shop,
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In Person Presentation and Livestream)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are willing to help.
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.
Editor’s note: We went to press last month without the proper description of Alan Brown’s S&T Project, so here it is with the full description
My granddaughter loves playing Catan and asked me to make a Catan game board for her birthday.
I had to read up on it online and the designed the game, so I could make one for her.
There are 19 hexagon pieces that are held in position by 6 border pieces. 18 of the hexagons require numbers that are randomized.
I cut the main hexagons from 1/2” poplar with a 1/4” edge around it and a center pocket. The borders are from different 3/8” woods and fit together like a jig saw. The numbers are cut from 1/4” oak with the bottom sized to fit in the pocket on the hexes.
Finally, all had to be laser burned to represent their game purpose. Then all were finished with tung oil.
Definitely a labor of love.
Alan Brown also brought in this dust collection attachment for a Delta Planer that he made by modifying a 14″ floor sweep attachment. Nice little hack!
Bill Schuchat brought in a cherry Hall Table that he made using a modified plan that he got from Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Bill got the single-piece top from Don Snyder and when he had an issue with the finish, he used advice from Ron Bontz for a solution.
Brian Ellison brought in a “poor man’s Domino” that he constructed using $34 worth of dovetail clamps and other parts plus a small router.
Oneida Air Systems is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year by having monthly contests. The April contest was for “Portable dust collection setup”. Dan Lender of our St. Louis Woodworkers Guild was the 2nd place winner.
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
New Community Outreach Program
The St. Louis Astronomical Society provides telescopes to various libraries in the St. Louis region to loan out to residents. Occasionally, the units are dropped or bumped, and the “wooden” base is damaged. Due to supply chain issues, replacement parts for the bases are not available and the Guild has been asked to partner with the Astronomical to create replacement parts for these bases on an as-needed basis. See Jay Noffsinger for more information if you would like to participate in this project.
Toys finished in May and added to Christmas inventory.
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 May 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.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2023 Toy Report
June — 310
YTD — 1382
June — 226
YTD — 1291 Since 1994 — 84,197
2023 Toy Program Major Contributors
Over 500 Club
Bill Meuth — 513
Over 200 Club
Dan O’Heron — 304
Over 100 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 161
Linda Turner — 125
Over 50 Club
Rich Sanders — 57
Paul Bailey — 50
2023 Target and Challenge
Target for Delivered Items: 4,000
10% Member Participation Target
5.5% ACHIEVED 18Members
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.
July “Open Shop” Hours
July 5 10 am – 2 pm
July 8 9 am – 5 pm
July 11 & 12 10 am – 2 pm
July 15 & 16 9 am – 5 pm
July 22 9 am – 5 pm
Next Shop Safety Class
Thursday, July 6th, 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 Jay Noffsinger 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
Jay Noffsinger – 618-530-7114
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823
Adam Conners – 314-495-1772
Joe Turner – 314-495-5938
Bob Kastigar (exp. 2024)
Dan Lender (exp. 2025)
Hal Donovan (exp. 2026)
Jason Sankovitch (exp. 2027)