August 2023 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

August 17th 

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

I have to say that my term as your president has certainly been exciting. I am blessed with an outstanding Executive Board as well as Advisory Board who are working very hard to make our guild as strong as it can be in every way possible! Towards achieving this end, new ideas abound and show that Board Members are very active participants in the process even if “too long” board meetings result!

We are close to adopting an up to date 5-year plan which will continually be reviewed to keep us on track in achieving stated goals while abandoning goals that are no longer relevant or desired.

At the August membership meeting, you will vote on revised guild By-Laws which will be published in the members only section of our website. Please review these proposed changes published in the Newsletter in the box below before the August meeting.

I just delivered to the St louis Astronomical Society 13 replacement pieces for each of 3 different parts that might be damaged. These parts form the base for telescopes used in the Library Telescope Loaner Program. I think they were very impressed and appreciative of our assistance in this Community outreach program. A special thanks to Don Turner in developing the templates using CNC technology used to accurately produce these parts and to Paul Deutsch for actually making the full size parts!

 I am continually impressed by Guild Members stepping up to volunteer when needs arise! I hope to see all of you at the August meeting where we will learn about ship- building from Rich Weitzman.

Stay safe in the shop,

Jay Noffsinger


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)

Model Ship Building


Rick Weitzman

The History of Ship Modeling
Building from kits vs. Building from plans 
How a wooden ship model is built



Inlay and Use of CNC


Don Turner, Bob Ryan
& Jay Noffsinger


Jay presented on Line Inlay which is used to enhance a project.  He favors holly inlays in walnut and is a fan of Steve Latta’s videos.

Don presented on CNC application tools which he divided into two types:  Endmill Inlay Method and V-Carve Inlay Method.

Bob cuts his own inlay and banding material.

See the entire presentation 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 Saturday, 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 or on the west side near the Carousel..
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.

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.


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


Paul Bailey brought in this radio/bluetooth speaker that he made from a Rockler plan using black walnut.

Wayne Humphrey brought in a sample of the types of toys that we need for the Christmas Toy Programs.

Brian Ellison brought in a plaque that his wife made with a little supervision from Brian. 
Brian also brought an example of their scrollwork with this cross and leaf design.  This image is after it was framed – he actually brought the unframed object to the meeting.

John Ferreira brought in this redbud rootball that he found and has started turning.  He noted that he turns an object like this at only 200 rpm. He used a vacuum bag for the drying process.
One of the qualities of redbud wood that is fascinating is that is glows in the dark.

Don Turner showed the St. Louis Astronomical Society Telescope Base replacement part templates and offered them to volunteers to participate in this effort. 

Alan Brown came up with this table design which includes an end grain cutting board insert in the center.  He noted that it takes special care when cutting the thickness required for this design.

I am making a Mission style bedroom set (original design) for my wife.  The finish is a combination of dye, stain, shellac, and wb lacquer. 

Dan Lender

The bed is now complete and is made from quartersawn white oak and sized to allow for a queen-sized box spring and mattress.
The side-rail to headboard and footboard has an uncommon joint called a housed mortise and tenon, but the other joinery in the project is mortise and tenon.
The inlay mother-of pearl dots and black veneer lines match the completed nightstand. 

and Other Videos

Here is a link to a site that lists safety recall notices for woodworking tools. LINK 


St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Shriner’s Feztival of Trees

The Guild will again be participating in the Shriner’s Feztival of Trees this holiday season and we need items to be placed under a tree.  We have already received several items and are looking for more.

Items need to be received no later than the general meeting in November as the Feztival opens the following Saturday.  For more information, check out FEZtival of Trees (

Cutting Board
Shelf and Coat hook

Toys, cutting boards, salt and pepper shakers, turned bowls, Christmas tree ornaments, intarsia, turned pens, and almost any other wooden item will add to the interest of the tree

Holiday Toys

More toys for the upcoming holiday season are being built. It is a great way to get rid of short pieces and scraps of lumber and sharpen your woodworking skills.  Bring them into a meeting or contact Wayne Humphrey for pickup.

Cars are from the blanks we receive from St Charles Hardwoods and the soon-to-be stick horses were cut by Bill MuethLinda Turner has done most of the painting on these items.

Contact Wayne Humphrey at or 314-440-2173.

St Charles Hardwoods Donates Race Car Blanks

The Guild has received a donation of wood milled to the shape of our “standard race car” from St Charles Hardwoods.  We have received enough blanks to build over 6,000 of the 1 ½ inch cars.
St Charles Hardwoods has donated these blanks to the Guild over the years and it is difficult to estimate the total amount donated.  It has been more than enough to provide about 400 to 500 cars per year to be assembled and given away at the Woodworking Shows.  Cars also go out to the hospitals on a regular basis and a nurse told us that the kids really love them and that she had created a lot of race tracks on a patient’s floor with masking tape that kept them entertained for hours.
Many thanks to St Charles Hardwoods for the blanks and their continuing support of all our members!
Thanks also to Bob Ryan, Tom Tierney and Wayne Humphrey for pickup and storage of all the blanks.

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.


Our dinosaur cutout inventory is running low and we need to replenish it.  These items are very popular with the children at the hospitals we serve.  If you are interested in scroll saw or bandsaw work, this is a great time to get started on the toy program.

Use your own pattern or download a plan from the Guild website HERE.

  Toy Committee Update

Toy production moves along, but we need more.  We had a good selection of toys collected at the July 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

August — 514
YTD — 1937

August — 571
YTD — 1862

Since 1994 — 84,768

2023 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 800 Club
Bill Meuth — 825

Over 400 Club
Dan O’Heron — 404

Over 100 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 190
Linda Turner — 197

Over 50 Club
Paul Bailey — 81
Rich Sanders — 57
William Marsek — 51


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:

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 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.
Please contact me at the August 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

Samples of tables donated in the last month.
Tom will have wood available at this month’s meeting.

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


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
Sept 3                       9 am – 5 pm

Sept 5 & 6               10 am – 2 pm

Sept 9                       9 am – 5 pm

Sept 12 &13           10 am – 2 pm

Sept 16 & 17          9 am – 5 pm

Sept 23                  9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, September 7th, 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


Ben Bergman

Brass Clarkson

Andrew Conley

Mark Ehrmann

Danielle Ellsworth

Francis Field

Joe Fossick

William Salzman

Loyal Shawgo

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 – 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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