July 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

July 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

President’s Letter

We have had another very busy month since the June meeting. Most importantly, 7 of our Board Members went to Kansas City to meet with most of the officers of the Kansas City Guild which has about 900 members. Besides discussing a multitude of topics with their leaders, we were able to tour their impressively equipped 12,000 square foot shop while trying not to drool too much! We are all filled with ideas on how to improve our Guild. We will be exploring and organizing our thoughts over the next several months to see how many things that led to their success could apply to us in our current situation. We will keep everyone informed as decisions are made.

You will all be receiving a short survey in the near future which should only take about 5-7 minutes to complete. Please take this survey seriously as the results will affect the decisions we make regarding the future of our Guild! Please contact me if you have questions or suggestion. 

Stay safe in the shop,

Jay Noffsinger

We received the below ad for a local supplier which has relevance for many of our Members and it is for Wednesday, July 19th ONLY, and applies to LOCAL St. Louis customers.


Article 5
Section 4 –  delete (Twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of the Guild shall constitute a quorum)
Article 7
Committees and Appointments
Existing Section Article 7 (grammar corrections)
Section 5: The Guild shall equip and maintain a woodworking shop for use by members and for conducting education and training classes for members. It The woodworking shop shall be operated by a Shop Committee, composed of three or more members appointed by the President with the approval of the Executive Board. The committee shall develop a set of policies governing the use of the Shop and shall name a Shop Manager to oversee the implementation of the policies and handle the day-to-day activities of the Shop.
New sections to add to Article 7
Section 9: Upon receipt of membership dues and completion of a workshop safety class, members will have the full privilege to use the woodworking shop during open shop hours.  All members have the responsibility to be aware of their surroundings and the inherent risks while in and around the woodworking shop.  If a member appears to not be able to adhere to, or is not attentive to safe tool usage, the member may either have their privileges restricted to hand tool usage only or the member may be permanently banned from shop tool usage. 
Section 10: The woodworking shop is equipped for conducting educational and teaching classes for members, and member’s personal usage.  Member’s personal usage does not extend to allowing the woodworking shop to be used to support any member’s business use. 
Amendment of Bylaws
Article 9
delete (and a quorum is present)


(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

Inlay and Use of CNC


Don Turner, Bob Ryan
& Jay Noffsinger




How to Make River Tables


Chris Linebroker

Gentle Giants Woodworking

Chris Linebroker’s presentation was well received at the Guild meeting last month.  There is a lot of interest in river tables and they are very popular.  There were a lot of questions from members following his talk.  See the whole event on the link below.
Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE

See the Foeder Crafts /
Home Sweet Home Video

(Thanks to Hal Donovan for creating this video)


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.

Forming  a Training Committee


Looking for Volunteers for the Committee.  So you can influence what classes are offered.  We want to plan classes for the entire 2024 year.

Also looking for Volunteers to teach a Skill Building Class or a Project Class.

Contact Bill Schuchat at the meeting or by email if interested. vicepresident@slwg.org


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.


Bob Kastigar used up some small blocks of  basswood for good carving practice as well as an interesting structure.  He says it looks like his dad’s castle in the aquarium.

Jeff Nassar brought in this 14″ snakewood pepper mill.  He said that this species is a tough wood to turn, that it splinters profusely.  He inserted a holly inlay and applied a lacquer finish.

Keith Lissant brought in this bow knife for slicing bread.  This is one of the many items that he makes and sells for craft fairs.  The bow knife is made from rosewood and finished with a food safe finish.  He procures the cutting blades online.

Dan Sudkamp showed us an artwork piece that he made from leftover project pieces and colored with dye stains.  “Upstairs” has a french cleat on the back for hanging and is finished with polyurethane.
Mike Peery brought in a slide showing a hawthorne crown and a walnut/cherry/maple cross in the Dennehey Design style that he made for his church.  It took 6 people to lift and install the cross.

Aaron Johnson brought in this walnut/cherry/maple corner table.  He did a lot of mitering on the joints, and when the splines started showing due to some heavy trimming, he just made them part of the design.  Looks nice!!!

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

Christmas Toys

The Guild has donated 204 toys to Toys for Tots for their midyear distribution activities. 

This leaves 394 items in inventory for distribution toward the end of the year. We have a goal of over 1200 toys for the year and it appears we may come up short without some additional help.

If you would like to help out by building toys at home, we can supply plans and materials.

Contact Wayne Humphrey at wehumphrey@hotmail.com or 314-440-2173.

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 June 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

July — 241
YTD — 1623

June — 0
YTD — 1291

Since 1994 — 84,197

2023 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 600 Club
Bill Meuth — 676

Over 300 Club
Dan O’Heron — 349

Over 100 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 161
Linda Turner — 147

Over 50 Club
Rich Sanders — 57
William Marsek — 51
Paul Bailey — 50


None this Month

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


We are three months into our second year of building and donating tables to HomeSweetHome (HSH) Clients. The demand is high for the small dinning, end, coffee tables and nightstands we supply. Our tables are popular with the HSH Clientele. The tables move out of HSH’s inventory quickly.
Information about HSH and the table build program can be found on our website under the Community Service tab. Click HERE
Members can build tables for donation using Guild supplied wood and plans, or Members are free to use a mix of Guild supplied with other wood(s). Also, Members may use their own design(s) as-long-as the final product conforms to the dimensions shown on our website.

Table Contributors for the Year
Paul Bailey                    2
Roger Besancenez        1
Hal Donovan               10
Phil Morton                   1
Charles Schrock            4
Tom Tierney                  9
John Vincini                  1
                                  Year Total      28                 
Overall Total   130     
Please contact me at the July meeting or by call, text, or email if you are interested in building a table(s). Or, reach out to any Board Member (look for a red lanyard) or talk to a table builder if you have any questions.

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

Some of the recently built tables that have been donated to the HSH program.

They are a variety of styles, sizes and finishes, suiting many purposes in the homes.  It is amazing what skilled woodworkers can do with offcuts of wood from a factory that would normally be discarded.

Tom will have wood available at this month’s meeting.

AUGUST 17 Rich Wearman Model Ship Building  
SEPTEMBER 15 Steve Palmer (Best Hands of MO) Discussing Furniture +  
OCTOBER 19 Amy Haake   St Charles Historical Homes

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

July 23             Schuchat/Danner       Fundamentals 2023B 1 @Upick

July 29             Iverson                       Make a Resin Table

July 30                                                Fundamentals 2023A10

August 5          Schuchat                    Build a Bench

August 12        Noffsinger                   Shorty Band Saw

Sept 17            Conner                       Shorty Drill Press

Sept 24                                               Fundamentals 2023B5

Sept 24                                               Fundamentals 2023A12

Sept 30            Stoll                            Moxon Vise

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. 

August “Open Shop” Hours
August 6                    9 am – 5 pm

August 8 & 9             10 am – 2 pm

August 12                  9 am – 5 pm

August 15 & 16         10 am – 2 pm

August 19 & 20          9 am – 5 pm

August 26                  9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, August 3rd, 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


Henry Cross
Joshua Holden
Lynn McKibben

Larry Price
Daniel Sawyer
Courtney Schuchardt

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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