Moolah Shrine Center Oasis Room
12545 Fee Fee Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
Youtube LiveStream Link HERE for online starting at 6:45 PM
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,
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.
SUGGESTED SLWG BYLAWS REVISIONS TO BE VOTED ON AT THE AUGUST GENERAL GUILD MEETING
Section 4 – delete (Twenty-five percent (25%) of the members of the Guild shall constitute a quorum)
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
delete (and a quorum is present)
THIS MONTH’S PROGRAM (In Person Presentation and Livestream)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Toy Committee Chair 314-920-7867
2023 Toy Report
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
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.
Peace Pantry Cedar Hill
RankenJordan Ped. Bridge Hospital
Rockwood School District
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Toys for Tots
Rick Weitzman, Chair
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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)