February 2024 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

February 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

Boy, are we busy with multiple items springing up all at once!! It is hard to keep our Board meetings within the 2 hours of allocated time. I will give you a quick rundown.

  • We can now honestly claim that our total membership has exceeded 350 members!
  • A beautiful new Guild Banner has been completed to be displayed on appropriate occasions!
  • The Superstar weekend is rapidly approaching on Saturday, March 9th with master woodworker and chief editor of Popular Woodworking Logan Wittmer as the invited guest. The number of attendees is now about 40 with still room for more! Address questions to our organizer Dan Lender.
  • Until his Donations Coordinator responsibilities become more numerous, Todd Martin has agreed to take on the responsibility of being the Commissioned Projects Coordinator. He will screen individual requests for paid help with woodworking projects as to their suitability as money makers for the Guild!
  • The new double-drum sander should soon be operational since the electrical issues have been resolved. Dust collection issues are the last items to solve.
  • The newest New Shop Feasibility study will include a committee visit to Quinn Saw Company to see if their extra 4800 square feet of floor space could meet our needs on a Lease basis!
  • The Nomination Committee has identified a nominee for the Vice President opening but have yet to identify an individual willing to be a candidate for the position of Guild President. A slate of new officers for the fiscal year 2024 needs to be presented to the Board and full membership for approval in March and then voted on in April. The need is urgent!! I will assume the position of “Immediate Past President” on May 1st and promise to be a mentor to the new president! Combined with the Quality of our entire Board, assuming this position is not as daunting as it might seem! Please consider talking to any member of our nominating committee led by Vickie Berry to learn more about the responsibilities for this position. A Guild President is required by our By Laws, so the need is dire!!
  • The final item to be discussed is the very recent and sudden announcement that a St Louis Woodworking Show will be held in O’Fallon, Illinois from February 23rd until February 25th at Gateway Classic Car beside the Menards store. We are hurriedly trying to do the planning to have a Guild Booth as has been done in the pre-Covid era. This has been an important component for new member recruitment in the past! Where the Guild as a whole can help is to sign up on the list of volunteers to “man” the booth during hours the show is open. Andrea Lyons has volunteered to organize this list of volunteers to work at the booth as well as help to set up and take down of the booth. A benefit offered to volunteers is free admission to the show which normally would cost $16. The sign-up list will be available at this Thursday’s meeting, but members can also call Andrea Lyons at (314) 680-5649 or email her at lyonsandreae@gmail.com to volunteer. Please take advantage of this opportunity to volunteer while receiving free admission to this popular show. The amazing antique cars will be on display to attendees as well. Let me know if you have questions.

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)

Habitat for Humanity

Tony Bradbury

How Habitat for Humanity works



People-Powered Woodworking Machines


Keith Lissant

Plus a bit of Faust Park History

SLWG Member Keith Lissant gave this month’s presentation which included a brief history of Faust Park and the relationship of the Guild to the Park.

Keith gave a demonstration of how quiet and quick the bicycle pedal 1876 scroll saw works.

Keith and Dave Gronefeld, our Faust Park Shop Manager, also gave a preview of a new addition to the park, Enchanted Forest, for which they are looking for input from woodworkers to build Fairy Structures which will be on display.

 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


As many of you know, a committee of three people has been put together to identify candidates for two of the three open Board positions to be voted on at our March meeting. The President and the other Board Officers are elected to one-year terms. Directors are elected to four-year terms. So far, they have identified candidates for the positions of Vice-President and Director.  
Over the last two months, The Committee has talked to several Members who the committee felt had the qualifications to be President, but none have said they would be willing to do the job.  If the nominating committee knew all the members personally (tough to do with 350 members) we could continue to talk to them one-on-one trying to find a candidate for the job. Because we can’t, we felt it was time to appeal to all Members to find a President.
The job as President can be extremely rewarding. You get to see and hear about everything going on in the Guild. Meet members and find common specific interests with them. Know that your efforts help the Guild to continue outreach programs that have a direct, positive impact on our community and reach over 4,000 children each year.
Answers to questions others have asked and some things to know about being the President are listed below:
  • The President does not need to be a long-time member.
  • The President does not solely make big decisions affecting the Guild. The Executive Board makes those decisions with input from the President and other interested parties. The President makes decisions to keep the Guild running smoothly from month to month.
  • The President has many advisors available to them to answer questions about past events and present practices. Past Presidents, board members and active members are great sources of information and always willing to help.
  • The President does not have to be a great woodworker. No one will ask you to do demos or look down on you for not being an accomplished woodworker. Two of our last four Presidents would acknowledge their woodworking skills were at the beginner level and they got the job done.
  • The President does not have to be a great leader. Leadership can come from the board and/or the President. They do have to have some management skills and be able to foster a collaborative culture. The President should be able to manage a meeting and people as a group and build consensus through participation.
  • It is not as time consuming a job as you think it is. Two to three hours a week generally covers it. A couple of hours once a month for a video board meeting and the once-a-month general meeting are the only big blocks of time required. The rest can be spread as you have time available.
If you have an interest/passion for wood working, a desire to interact and to share your knowledge with others, please consider stepping forward for consideration for the office of President or for any other role in the guild. It is only through the volunteer efforts of our members that the Guild continues to thrive after 40 years and will do so in the future.
Thank You,

Wayne Humphrey, Past President, 314-440-2173, wehumphrey@hotmail.com
Vickie Berry, Past President, 972-741-1944, vlberry6@swbell.net
Tom Tierney, Past Treasurer, 314-412-1817, tmtierney@gmail.com          
Jay Noffsinger, Current President, 618-530-7114, jaynoffsinger26@gmail.com
Brian Ellison, Past President, 314-651-7699, brianesr@gmail.com


Meet our new Assistant Librarian Sarah Porter, who is helping Librarian Al Carlson with the setting up and organization of the library at each meeting.  


St. Louis Woodworking Shows — February 23-25, 2025

Gateway Classic Cars
1237 Central Park Dr #1
O’Fallon, IL  62269

Sign up to volunteer at our Booth at this meeting

Link to Show Website

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Brad Bernhard brought in a jewelry box and some marquetry in progress examples.

Brad used shop-sawn veneer and other box techniques he learned from the Doug Stowe weekend workshop several years ago.  This box features wraparound marquetry.

Marquetry pattern.  Brad will be the Meeting Presenter in May and his program will be Marquetry.

Bill Schuchat made a cherry Shaker table with a drawer and an inlayed drawer front while teaching this project for the Fall Fundamentals 2023 class. The class project does not include the maple inlay.

The table was finished with shellac and the top was topcoated with 3 coats of poly.  After allowing to dry for 3 days, he sanded it with 320 wet/dry paper and waxed it.

Rob Stout showed us his kitchen appliance enclosures which he built and spray finished with polyurethane.

Corey Danner brought in a traditional Irish olive ash platter that he turned.

Jerry Baynes brought in a traditional child’s rocker with inlay that he made using oak and walnut.  He plans on recessing a 2022 penny in the bottom to indicate the date made.

Craig Noel showed us a clock project that the made using a wedge from a tree cookie. He used his kitchen oven to dry the cookies to an acceptable level.  He offered some extra wedges he had leftover to attendees for free.
He also brought in a Gentleman’s Valet he made using hackberry, maple and other species, and finished with 3 coats of Russian lacquer.

Wayne Humphrey brought in a scroll saw box which he noted had kind of small drawers.  But, his wife liked it, and that is what is important!!!

I have been working on a cherry and maple Tool Chest for several months.  The shellac finish is complete and the top has been rubbed out and waxed. Photos above show progress on the chest with the front open and closed.

Bill Schuchat


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

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 drop-off at the January meeting.  Keep the toys coming!

  Toy Committee Update

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

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

2024 First Toy Report

Toy Tally

February — 204
YTD — 204

February — 218
YTD — 218

Since 1994 — 87,478

2024 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 50 Club
Bill Meuth — 67

Wayne Humphrey — 62


Bill Meuth
Wayne Humphrey

2024 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

4 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
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 ten 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                       10
                                   End and Sofa Servers   76
                                       Coffee                        0
                                       Nightstands                0
Current Year Total             86  (Our goal is 110)               
Program Total to date      188                             
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.

(He also will not be wearing shorts)

We hope to have some more red oak and other species sometime late next week.

MARCH 16 Dan Lender   Bedroom Set Build – Mission Style Inspired  
APRIL 20  No Presentation    Guild election – No Presentation  
MAY 18 Brad Bernhard   Marquetry

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

February 25, 2023 Schuchat/Danner/Morton Fundamentals 2024A-4
March 2, 2024 Turner Building Drawers
March 9, 2024   Superstar Weekend
March 10, 2023 Schuchat/Danner/Morton Fundamentals 2024A-5
March 24, 2023 Humphrey Beginner Scroll Sawing
April 6, 2024 Schuchat/Danner/Morton Fundamentals 2024A-6
April 14, 2023 Turner Spray Finishing: Laquer & Shellac
April 28, 2023 Schuchat/Danner/Morton Fundamentals 2024A-7

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


Jim Arnold
Thomas Begush
John Dawson
Harold Jackson
Michael Kenney
Daniel Lensing
Patrick Maloney

Randy Mellovitz
Gregory Pucel
Benjamin Ryan
Grace Schock
Jess Semnacher
Mark Voegtle
Lee Wandel


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 and Commissioned Projects Coordinator:
Todd Martin – donations@slwg.org

Woodworking Show Coordinator:
Andrea Lyons – lyonsandreae@gmail.com

IT Administrator:
Doug Johnson – it@slwg.org

Aaron Johnson / Jim Becher – webmaster@slwg.org

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson
Sarah Porter

Toy Committee Chair:
Rich Weitzman

Shop Manager:
David Gronefeld

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

Media Coordinator:
Bob Ryan

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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