January 2024 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

January 18th

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 hope everyone enjoyed a joyous holiday season which included making many woodworking gifts for loved ones! The new year is now upon us which brings lots of individual goals. The St Louis Woodworker’s Guild has many goals  as well even while we look back at our accomplishments in 2023.

  1. I hope you are all as excited as I am about our upcoming 2024 Superstar Weekend on March 9, 2024 with our Guest Presenter Logan Wittmer who is the Editor in Chief of Popular Woodworking Magazine! Dan Lender has worked incredibly hard in setting this event up! Cost for Members is only $30.00 which is primarily for meals! Please sign up quickly for this amazing event!
  2. Someone spoke up at our last meeting to volunteer to help with our mentorship program. We need to get in touch with this person – whose name we don’t remember-to get the ball rolling! 
  3. No one has yet volunteered to be in charge of screening potential Commissioned Projects as to whether they are appropriate for the Guild to take on as a source of revenue. If commissioned projects are not in our future, it could be decades before a new shop could be considered. Please consider volunteering for this very important position on the Advisory Board!
  4. We have a subcommittee of the Board who is working on a feasibility study exploring the need as well as requirements for a new shop at some time in the future. Several members met with an architect at the site in Faust Park that has been offered to us as a possible place for new shop construction. He will be getting back with us after his preliminary investigation is complete.  We will soon be visiting sites offered by the Quinn Saw Company as leasable space in their building to use as a shop.  We are also looking into the possibility of collaborating with Maker’s Space as to possible use of some of their space or other forms of collaboration.
  5. Our current shop is constantly being reorganized for optimal space utilization. Members should soon be able to use a 25-inch double drum sander to replace the one currently being used. Many thanks to our shop manager, David Gronefeld, for his constant efforts to improve our shop!!
  6. Finally, I would like to offer an urgent plea for volunteers to fill the President and Vice President positions which will become vacant after the April meeting! I know that volunteering for these positions may seem like a daunting task. I can assure you that our current Executive and Advisory Boards are very talented and more than willing to assist the President and Vice President with running the Guild! PLEASE CONSIDER contacting members of the nominating committee led by Vickie Berry to learn more about the requirements for filling these positions and offering to be considered for these roles. A slate of new officers needs to be presented to the Board and general guild membership in March to be voted on at the April meeting.

Happy Woodworking in 2024!!

Stay safe in the shop,

Jay Noffsinger

Please welcome our 2024 Mahogany Level Sponsor! Please Patronize our sponsors who support the guild and our mission to encourage and educate members and non-members to enjoy and enrich their woodworking skills and experiences.

When choosing lumber, be it domestic or exotic hardwood, Visit Andrew and the team at U-Pick Hardwoods in St. Charles Mo.
U Pick hardwoods offers guild members a 10% Discount with your current membership card.

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

People-Powered Woodworking Machines


Keith Lissant

Plus a bit of Faust Park History



W. D. Quinn Saw Company


Joe Zickel

Joe Zickel of Quinn Saw Company gave this month’s presentation.

See the entire presentation on the Link below.

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording


Link to Website Registration

2024 Superstar Weekend

March 9, 2024 Saturday

9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Logan Wittmer – Master woodworker

Sawyer, Popular Woodworking’s Editor-in-Chief


Open Guild Positions for 2024/2025 Term

Want to be part of the leadership team that guides our Guild and get to know fellow craftsmen? The Nominating Committee of the Guild has started the process of identifying candidates to fill positions for the 2024/2025 term. A brief description is below for your consideration. Officer positions also attend monthly virtual Board meetings  If interested or have questions, please contact Vickie Berry, Wayne Humphrey or Tom Tierney – your Nominating Committee.
St. Louis Woodworkers Guild Open Positions for 2024/2025 Term
President –
  • Lead and guide an organization of approximately 300 experienced and new wood craftsmen.  Chair the monthly Board meeting and lead the monthly meeting.  Represent the Guild to the public by fielding informational calls and requests for woodworking skills and/or expertise. Prepare a monthly President’s letter for publication that supports the Guild mission and encourages members in the craft. This is an Officer position and term is one year.
Vice President –
  • Serve in the absence of the President. The Vice President shall appoint the members of the Program Committee and shall preside at its meetings.  The Vice President and Program Committee shall be responsible for the programs at the monthly meetings of the Guild.  Appoint a Classes and Workshops Coordinator who shall serve on the Program Committee. This is an Officer position and term is one year.
Secretary –
  • Keep a written record of all meetings of the Guild and Executive Board and make all legal and tax filings with the State of Missouri and the federal government. This is an Officer position and term is one year.
Treasurer –
  • Maintain the financial records of the Guild, maintain the Guild banking accounts, prepare for the annual audit, and report regularly to the Executive Board and Guild. This is an Officer position and term is one year.
Director –
  • Serve in an Advisory position to the President and acts as an ambassador to new members and guests at meetings. This is an Officer position and term is four years.
Mentor Coordinator –
  • Coordinate the pairing of new wood craftsmen with experienced members to act as a mentor.
Newsletter Photographer –
  • Take photographs at meetings and other events that need highlighting.  Work with Newsletter Editor to select appropriate images for publishing.

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Mike Peery made some oil lamps with LED lights which made them a bit safer to operate.

Steve Mikolas brought in two cutting boards that he constructed in different ways; one was glued up in strips vs. the other was glued up in individual pieces.  He used sapele and maple for these projects.

Jack McKay built this nice little pedestal table.

Bill Schucat sent in the pictures below of project examples.

New Stools for the Faust shop.

Example of the Tables being made in Fundamentals Class 2023.  Shellac finish with Poly Top Coat.

New tool chest with front stored above drawers

New Tool Chest with Pull Down Front
Cherry and Maple with Shellac Finish

and Other Videos

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

Ron Romitti sent in this note and video about joint strength comparison:

I stumbled across this interesting YouTube video a few days ago and thought I would pass it along. This might make some folks do some serious head scratching??



St. Louis Woodworkers Guild contributions to the local community

Shriner’s Feztival of Trees

The Guild’s tree at the annual Shriner’s fund raiser had 54 items under it ranging from large bowls to tree ornaments.

Items for the tree were received from Don and Linda Turner, Rich Sanders, Charles Schrock, Steve Mettes and wife, Hal Donovan, Wayne Humphrey and Tom Tierney. Thanks to Vickie Berry for adding her decorating touch.

Holiday Toy Wrap-Up

Toy building was wrapped up the first part of November and all toys had been delivered before Thanksgiving to organizations that will distribute them at Christmas and other times throughout the year.  A total of 1,698 toys were delivered to Toys for Tots, Life Wise and Peace Pantry. 
There were a lot of folks that contributed to this effort that should be recognized:

  • Paul Deutsch built a lot of large toys in his own workshop and did a lot of rework in-between sessions when things didn’t go right so we could continue to make progress.
  • Bill Mueth for all the dolls, doll beds, stick horses, bears in chairs, and his other contributions.
  • Vickie Berry for building, painting and making sure we had supplies we needed.
  • Steve Mettes for his work at the shop and home.
  • Linda Turner for personally building more than 200 toys and painting literally thousands of items to bring them to life and making the play experience better for the kids.

All of this couldn’t take place without the help of all that came out for every build session and those who showed up when time allowed.  Thank you!

Wayne Humphrey

Toy Committee Chair Rich 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 November meeting, but our hospital partners are starting to increase their requests and our inventory of toys in the shed is starting to go down.

Current needs:  Airplanes and Helicopters

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 by the children. 

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.

Rich Weitzman


Toy Committee Chair

2023 Final Toy Report

Toy Tally

December — 1,805
YTD — 2,889

December — 2,002
YTD — 4,354

Since 1994 — 87,260

2023 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 1000 Club
Bill Meuth — 1,321

Over 700 Club
Wayne Humphrey — 780

Over 600 Club
Dan O’Heron — 654

Over 500 Club
Linda Turner — 548

Over 100 Club
William Marsek — 141
Paul Bailey — 102

Over 50 Club
Paul Deutsch — 81
Rich Sanders — 57


Christmas Elves – 784

2023 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

18 Members

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

Rich 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

Are you looking for a small project?
We are nine months into our second year of building and donating small tables to HomeSweetHome (HSH). The demand is high for the small dinning, end, coffee tables and nightstands we supply to HSH. The size and quality of Guild built tables are very popular with the HSH Clientele.

Information about HSH and the table build program and sample table dimensioned drawings can be found on our website under the Community Service tab, HomeSweetHome, LINK HERE.
Under this program Members build small tables using Guild-supplied wood.  Members are also free to use a mix of Guild supplied wood and other scraps of wood(s) they have on hand. If you want you are encouraged to use your own design(s) as-long-as your finished piece conforms to the dimensions shown on our website.


Tables Built and Donated by Type
Current Year
                                        Dining                       8
                                   End and Sofa Servers   67
                                       Coffee                        0
                                       Nightstands                0
Current Year Total             75  (Our goal is 110)               
Program Total to date      177                             
As you can see, we need Coffee and Nightstand builders.

Please contact me at the 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
(314) 412-1817


Tom will NOT have wood available at this week’s meeting.  Wood stock is running a little thin this month.

(He also will not be wearing shorts)

FEBRUARY 16 Tony Bradberry Habitat & How it works
MARCH 21 Dan Lender   Bedroom Set Build – Mission Style Inspired

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

January 28, 2024 Schuchat Sharpening 9-12
January 28, 2024 Schuchat Fundamentals 2024A-2
February 3, 2024 Conners Joinery
February 11, 2023 Schuchat Fundamentals 2024A3
February 25, 2023 Schuchat Fundamentals 2024A-4
March 2, 2024 Turner Building Drawers
March 9, 2024 Wittmer Superstar Weekend
March 10, 2023 Schuchat Fundamentals 2024A-5
March 24, 2023 Humphrey Beginner Scroll Sawing

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.

Logan Wittmer will present a special seminar on “Focus On A Shaker Side Table”,  with the angle of blending hand tools with power tools Logan is from Des Moines, Iowa  and is the editor or Popular Woodworking magazine.
More details of this seminar are on the Events website.

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. 

February “Open Shop” Hours
Feb 4                        9 am – 5 pm

Feb 6 & 7               10 am – 2 pm

Feb 10                      9 am – 5 pm

Feb 13 & 14           10 am – 2 pm

Feb 17 & 18             9 am – 5 pm

Feb 24                     9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, February 1st, 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


Kirk Ballew
Michael Beaudoin
Joe Butler
Stew Clark
Pamela Feeler
Josef Kanak

Jeff Morgan
Tosha Phonix
John Polston
Sally Sellenriek
Charley Wilson
Wei Wu

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:
Matt Stacker – membership@slwg.org

Donations Coordinator:
Todd Martin – donations@slwg.org

Woodworking Show Coordinator:

IT Administrator:
Doug Johnson – it@slwg.org

Aaron Johnson / Jim Becher – webmaster@slwg.org

Media Coordinator:
Bob Ryan

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson

Toy Committee Chair:
Rich Weitzman

Shop Manager:
David Gronefeld

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Bill Schuchat – 314-406-1823

Legal Counsel:
Bill Hobson

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 Patronize our sponsors who support the guild and our mission to encourage and educate members and non-members to enjoy and enrich their woodworking skills and experiences.

Please welcome our first 2024 Walnut Level sponsor.  Guild members will receive a 10% discount on many items at Rockler.

Please also welcome our first 2024 Cherry Level Sponsor.  Guild members will receive a 10% discount on saw sharpening at Quinn Saw.

Image Credits:
Pedal Powered Scroll Saw Image by Worthpoint.com

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