April 2024 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

April 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

This will be my last letter as your President. I want you all to know that it has been my honor to represent the Guild as it’s leader for this past year! I am proud of what we have accomplished as well as laying the groundwork for future development including a possible new Guild Shop.

My biggest disappointment is in discovering that while we have attracted new members in record numbers, this has been accompanied by a nearly equal number of members who didn’t renew their memberships. We have done surveys of members who didn’t renew and found that their reasons are quite varied, not showing a particular pattern. At least one of the identified issues was inadequate open shop hours. As a Shop Monitor, I remember in the past coming in for my 4-hour shift and having very few members come in to do work – sometimes none. This has changed significantly where we now have about 92% usage of available open shop time! It is time for a change.

We do an outstanding job with our community outreach programs which need to be continued. While we have an excellent program of available classes to teach specific skills in woodworking, I think we need to add other opportunities to benefit our guild membership directly – one example would be to add open shop hours! I recently have been doing a survey of current Shop Monitors (which number about 45) and have found very few who were unwilling to work more shifts to be able to increase open shop hours. I am very hopeful that adding open shop hours will lead to increased satisfaction of our members leading to less of them dropping out.

The potential times available to add open shop hours include adding a 4-hour shift on Tuesdays and Wednesdays as well as up to 8 hours possibly on Mondays. That is a potential increase of up to 16 hours. We are limited by Faust Park to not having noisy/dangerous activity after dark. All the available added hours are weekday – daytime. Shop Monitors and Guild Members using these hours would mostly be those of us who are retired. Perhaps some more weekend hours could be opened up as well or early evening hours during the Summer with longer days. As we are making a case to have a larger shop, showing we are maximally using our current space would help justifying this need.

The one thing I do not want to happen is to make the job of our incredible Shop Manager, David Gronefeld, more demanding. To make these changes happen, we need to ask current Shop Monitors to cover more shifts, recruit more Guild Members to act as Shop Monitors, and ask for a Guild Member to step forward as Assistant Shop Manager to help David!  I am confident that we are capable making the necessary change to move the Guild forward! At the next board meeting, I will be asking the board to support these changes (starting with adding a single 4-hour open shop slot in any of the available slots) and asking for help for David. If approved, in order to cover the cost of increased wear and tear of equipment and more use of expendable supplies such as sandpaper, etc., I will ask the Board to look at a mild/modest increase in member dues.

Please consider my proposal carefully and seriously and let me know if you have questions, concerns, or suggestion. Again, thank you all for your help and cooperation over the past year. I look forward to continuing to work with you with the primary goal of the betterment of our already strong guild and the encouragement of woodworking both locally and globally!

Stay safe in the shop,

Jay Noffsinger

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.

Rockwood School District Toy Build

This year’s toy kit assembly by 80 fifth graders will be at the Westbridge Elementary School in Ballwin at 8:45 AM to 10:40 AM on May 22, 2024.  The kids will assemble kits which the Guild has provided for donation to one of our hospital partners, and then they can assemble a race car to take home with them. 

Volunteers are needed to help with supervising these budding woodworkers.  

Please contact Craig Altman at 314-398-0978 or email craigaltman64@gmail.com if you can help with this project.

(In Person Presentation and Livestream)

NOTE: Livestream this month will not include Election and Budget Approval Activities-These are In-Person ONLY

Officer and Director Elections

Approval of 2024-2025 Budget



Double Bevel Marquetry with Shop Sawn Veneer

Brad Bernhard

Brad Bernhard delivered a captivating and enlightening presentation on marquetry, highlighting his preference for avian themes within this specialized woodworking craft.

Brad brought a selection of tools and reference materials.

Veneers and supplies examples.

Marquetry examples.

 See the entire presentation on the Link below.

Link to Last Month’s Meeting Recording

In Memory of Rich Weitzman, our Toy Committee Chair, who passed away April 5, 2024.  Rich was one of the founding members of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild in 1984 and was a dedicated woodworker who was always quick with a smile and made great contributions to the functional operation of the Guild, especially the toy program, over the years.


A Great Success

We are working on a photo album for this event

Stay tuned…

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Keith Lissant contributed a number of whimsical garden characters for the Enchanted Forest at Faust Park.  These inhabitants included gnomes, trolls, and fairies.

Rich Sanders displayed a wooden whirligig that spins when suspended in the breeze.

Brian Ellison presented a stunning intarsia creation he crafted. Additionally, he displayed a set of homemade bandsaw inserts for dust collection, which he produced instead of purchasing off-the-shelf items.

Bill Schuchat presented his Triple Birdhouse project for the Enchanted Forest.

Lee Wandel crafted a computer monitor stand for his wife following a design from Wood Magazine. Constructed from cherry wood, he enhanced the drawer fronts with inlay work and completed the stand with approximately 15 coats of diluted polyurethane.

Hal Donovan has been busy in his shop over the last few months with contributions of helicopters to the toy program.

Hal has also been really busy on the HSH Table Program, being the second highest producer making over 40 tables since the inception of the program.

Some beautiful tables, needless to say.

The Enchanted Forest at Faust Park

Here are the first pictures from the beginnings of The Enchanted Forest at Faust Park.   Several items in Show and Tell features above will be part of the Forest as it progresses. 

Dave Gronefeld reported that the official opening of the Forest will probably be around the time of the Art Fair in August.  More to come!!!

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 Update

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

Thank you to all who have built toys and contributed to this important program.
Steve Mettes
Toy Committee Chair
(901) 237 – 4483 or email to smett32@yahoo.com

2024 Toy Report

Toy Tally

March — 360
YTD — 564

March — 147
YTD — 302

Since 1994 — 87,562

2024 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 100 Club
Bill Meuth — 141

Over 50 Club
William Marsek — 95
Dan O’Heron — 90
Charles Schrock — 87
Wayne Humphrey — 62


Keith Lissant
Linda Turner
Hal Donovan


Paul Bailey
Charles Schrock

2024 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

10 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

Steve Mettes, Chair
Paul Bailey
Vickie Berry
Hal Donovan

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 have completed our second year of building and donating small tables to HomeSweetHome (HSH). We have exceeded our goal of 110 tables for the year with 122 tables built and donated. Thank you to our participating Members.

A special thank you goes to our top contributor for the year Hal Donovan with 33 tables built. Hal has built 43 tables in total since the start of the program. Hal’s numbers tell one side of the story. The other side is the quality of the tables Hal produces. They are second to none. Thank you, Hal, for participating, in a big way, in the program.

Also, a big thank you to Charles Schrock for all the hard work he does. Charles has been involved from the start. He has been a key contributor in every aspect of launching and keeping the program going. Charles helps pick up donated wood and in the processing the wood into usable lengths. In addition, Charles has built 24 tables in the last two years. Thank you, Charles, for your participation. We would not be as far along with the program without you.

We have had 28 Members participate in the program over the past two years. Five have built one table, five have built two tables, two have built three tables and five have built four tables.

Below are the Members who have built five or more tables as of March 31, 2024.

Table of Recognition
(Two Year Total Number of Tables Built)

5 +
Paul Bailey
Roger Besancenez
Phil Morton
Don Turner
10 +
Alan Brown
Paul Deutsch

15 +
Grady Vaughan
20 +
Charles Schrock

40 +
Hal Donovan
45 +
Tom Tierney

Again, thank you to all the HSH Outreach Program participants. The Guild cannot do it without your help.

Information about our HSH table program and sample table measured drawings can be found on our website (slwg.org) under the Community Service tab, HomeSweetHome. LINK HERE

Please contact me at the April meeting or call, text, or email me if you are interested in building a table(s). Or reach out to any Board Members (look for a red lanyard) or talk to a table builder if you have any questions.

Tom Tierney
(314) 412-1817

Tom will have 8 to 10 table kits available for members at the April Meeting.

Tom WILL also have a limited amount of table wood available at this week’s meeting.


Table deliveries to the HSH loading dock


April 18             Guild Election                         No Presentation
May 16              Dan Lender                            Bedroom Set Build — Mission Style Inspired
June 20              ******                                     Christmas in July
July 18               ******                                     Jig Demonstrations

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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

April 21, 2024                      Bernhard                                  Shorty Table Saw

April 28, 2024                      SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024A-7

May 4, 2024                        Morton                                      Thru & 1/2 Blind Dovetails

May 11, 2024                      Noffsinger                                Shorty Band Saw

May 12, 2024                      SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024A-8

May 18, 2024                      Stoll                                         Shorty Hand Planes

May 25, 2024                      Schuchat                                  Shorty Planer/Jointer

May 26, 2024                      Schuchat Danner                      Beginners Woodworking Class

June 1, 2024                       SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024A-9

June 9, 2024                       Schuchat                                  Mortise & Tenon

June 23, 2024                     SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024A-10

June 30, 2024                     SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-1

June 29, 2024                     Kastigar                                   Build a Small Box

July 6, 2024                        Botkin                                       Carving Intro

Shorty 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. 

May “Open Shop” Hours
May 5                        9 am – 5 pm

May 7 & 8               10 am – 2 pm

May 11                     9 am – 5 pm

May 14 & 15           10 am – 2 pm

May 18 & 19             9 am – 5 pm

May 25                    9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, May 2nd, 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


Peter Bettonville
Kevin Beutelmann
Zachary Cooper
John Downs
Doug Eilering
Kyle Goldman
Jeff Harris
Paul Hollmann

Trent Ingersoll
Jeremy Lewbart
Joe Millea
Tom Riley
David Rodriguez
Al Sher
Gordon Thiesfeld

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:
Steve Mettes

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.

Walnut Level sponsor.  Guild members will receive a 10% discount on many items at Rockler.

Cherry Level Sponsor.  Guild members will receive a 10% discount on saw sharpening at Quinn Saw.

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