June 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

June 15th 

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

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,

Jay Noffsinger

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

How to Make River Tables


Chris Linebroker

Gentle Giants Woodworking



Secrets of Cabinet Building revealed by SLWG Member Don Turner
Don gave us a great insight into several techniques that he uses in constructing cabinets.

He brought examples of upper and lower cabinets assembled from parts that he set his CNC machine to cut out at quarter scale to produce miniature cabinets.  Makes a great demonstration tool.

See the entire presentation at the link below:

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


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 vicepresident@slwg.org 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 grady.vaughan@gmail.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

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.

Rick Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2023 Toy Report

Toy Tally

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


Craig Altman
Paul Bailey
Terry Blevins
Alan Brown
Paul Deutch


Hal Donovan
Bill Schuchat
Tom Tierney
Grady Vaughan

2023 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

18 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


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):   8

Please see me at the meeting or call me at (314) 412-1817 if you have any questions about the program or need wood for tables.

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

Tom sometimes has wood available at the meeting, but this month folks need to call him to arrange to pick up wood materials at the Guild Shed at Faust Park.

JULY   20 D. Turner/B Ryan Inlay & Use of CNC
AUGUST 17 Rich Wearman Model Ship Building

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

June 24, 2023 Schuchat   Shorty Planer/Jointer
July 9, 2023     Fundamentals 2023A9
July 23, 2023 Schuchat/Payne   Fundamentals 2023B 1 @Upick
July 29, 2023 Iverson   Make a Resin Table
July 30, 2023     Fundamentals 2023A10
August 5, 2023 Schuchat   Build a Strurdy Bench for $75  
August 12, 2023 Noffinger    Shorty Band Saw  

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. 

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.
 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


Chazmyn David
Robert Drummond
Melanie King
David Ragain
Brian Schmidt

Garry Schneider
David Slayden
Kenneth Smith
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 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

Jay Noffsinger – 618-530-7114

Vice President:
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)

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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