May 2024 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

May 16th

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

NEW President’s Letter

Thanks everyone for having confidence in me and re-electing me as 
President of this wonderful Guild, or am I the only crazy person who likes this job?  Hahaha!  Really, I do like this job.

In trying to improve the Guild, if there is anything you would like to see in meetings, classes, or presentations, please let me or a Board member know.   I’m also going to strive to end the meetings by around 8:30 pm so we all can get home at a decent hour.   I have noticed that people start leaving around that time, so I am going to try my best to end on time.

I would like to thank the retiring Officers Jay Noffsinger and Bill Schuchat for all their contributions and hard work.  We are not losing them totally; they are staying on as part of the new building committee. A BIG thanks to Dan Lender for his help and guidance in the past and for his contributions to the Board and for doing an excellent job on the Superstar Weekend.

I am also looking to put a lot more woodworking into the monthly meetings.  In doing this we will not be going over stuff that has already been presented in the monthly Newsletter.  Those highlights will be shown on the screen before the meeting with copies printed out and on the tables.  We will be starting with a 15-minute Question-and-Answer segment where members can ask questions on woodworking projects you need help with or questions on techniques.  In keeping with questions if you are having a problem with something you are trying to build bring it to the meeting and ask a question.   I think this would be fun and beneficial to all of us.

Toy Committee need toys (finished, sanded, no sharp corners something that no one can get hurt on or get splinters on.)  The committee also needs a new chairperson. If you have an interest in this position, please talk to me after the meeting. 

50/50 for next few months will have an extra raffle prize each month.  Thanks to our sponsor, U-Pick Hardwoods, for donating select species of wood to raffle off along with the gift cards.

If anyone would like to speak at the monthly meeting, please send me an email at two days before the meeting so I can add it to the agenda. 

Stay safe in the shop,

Brian Ellison

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.

Jay Noffsinger was honored with a gavel plaque in appreciation of his tenure as President, presented by Bill Schuchat.

Additionally, Bill was acknowledged by Joe Turner for his substantial contributions to the structuring of the Guild’s training class program during his tenure as Vice President.

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 if you can help with this project.

(In-Person Presentation and Livestream)

Building an Heirloom Bedroom Set in the Mission Style


Dan Lender



Officer and Director Elections

Approval of 2024-2025 Budget

 Last month’s meeting was not fully streamed or recorded.

Link to Previous Month’s Meeting Recording

In Memory of Former Guild Members.

John Wetter, a former Guild member and Newsletter Editor for 17 years passed away on March 24, 2024.  Sadly, John had Alzheimer’s and lost all his woodworking skills as the disease progressed.  John’s obituary can be found HERE

We also lost Walter Henderson on April 9, 2024.  Walter’s obituary can be found HERE.

SLWG Aprons and Caps AVAILABLE!

Following extensive discussions regarding the availability of official Guild work aprons and caps previously sold, the guild has procured a new batch of tan work aprons and both tan and black caps. Each item features a beautifully rendered Guild Logo on the front, and the aprons are designed with three deep pockets. These items will be sold exclusively at the regular monthly membership meetings held at the Moolah Shrine Center. Bob Kastigar will oversee their sale at one of the round tables – aprons are priced at $40, and caps at $20. While cash is the preferred method of payment, checks or credit cards might be accepted if the Treasurer is present. Crafted for durability, these items are ideal for daily use in the shop or when representing the Guild at events, such as the woodworking show. We look forward to seeing you at the May meeting, where you can explore these new Guild offerings!                                                                                           

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Alan Brown presented a Fairy House he crafted for the Faust Park Enchanted Forest project. Beginning with a cedar stump, he added features for the door and windows, and topped it off with walnut cutoffs for the roof. He employed a wood burner to create the illusion of masonry joints in the chimney.

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

Christmas Toy Build Update

The elves have been busy building toys both in the shop and in their home workshops and we now have about 800 toys in inventory and ready for distribution.  Our thanks to all that have contributed both time and materials to the project.

Wayne Humphrey

  Toy Committee Update

Toy production moves along, but we need more.  We had a good selection of toys collected at the April 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.  Toys submitted not meeting this criterion will be returned to the maker for reworking.

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

2024 Toy Report

Toy Tally

April — 396
YTD — 960

April — 156
YTD — 458

Since 1994 — 87,718

2024 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 100 Club
Bill Hobson — 150
William Marsek — 150
Bill Meuth — 141

Paul Hellenbrand — 115

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


Paul Hellenbrand
Vickie Berry
Bill Hobson


2024 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

13 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
Hal Donovan

Charles Schrock
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 HERE.

HSH Table Build Community Outreach

We are starting our third year of building and donating tables to HmeSweetHome (HSH). Wood to build the tables was provided by the Guild.  This Guild sponsored program offers its members an opportunity to learn new skills and provide support to a local charity.  Wood (Red or White Oak) is provided to members who wish to participate in the program and build a table(s) for donation. Pre-cut end table kits are also available for members to sand, assemble and finish coat.

Information about our HSH table program and sample table measured drawings can be found on our website ( under the Community Service tab, HomeSweetHome. Also, check us out in the Monthly Newsletter.
    Twenty-eight (28) members have participated in the program so far. To date, two hundred and thirty-one (231) tables have been donated to HSH.
Below are the Members who have built five or more tables as of April 1, 2021 (the start of the program).

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

45 +
Hal Donovan
50 +
Tom Tierney

Again, thank you to all the HSH Outreach Program participants. The Guild cannot do it without your willingness to volunteer your time and talents.

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

Please contact me at the May meeting or call, text, or email me if you are interested in building a table(s).

Tom Tierney
(314) 412-1817

Examples of Member-built tables donated to HSH. Middle table was built from a Guild-provided kit.

Tom will NOT have kits or wood at the May Meeting



May 16              Dan Lender                            Bedroom Set Build — Mission Style Inspired
June 20              ******                                     Christmas in July
July 18               ******                                     Jig Demonstrations
August 15          Joe Turner                             Wooden Puzzles

Woodworking Classes

Held at Faust Park Workshop

Upcoming Classes

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


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. 

June “Open Shop” Hours
June 2                        9 am – 5 pm

June 4 & 5             10 am – 2 pm

June 8                     9 am – 5 pm

June 11 & 12           10 am – 2 pm

June 15 & 16            9 am – 5 pm

June 22                    9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Thursday, June 6th, 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


Bill Chartrand
Sandra Connors
Bob Coulter
Brian Hemmersmeier
Joseph Leverich

Luis Marin
Sergio Moreno
Eric Morris
AJ Rosenblatt
Dan Yanes

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

Brian Ellison

Vice President:
Corey Doner

Adam Conners

Joe Turner

Dan Lender  (exp. 2025)
Hal Donovan (exp. 2026)
Jason Sankovitch (exp. 2027)
Bob Kastigar  (exp. 2028)

Immediate Past President:
Jay Noffsinger

Membership Coordinator:
Matt Stacker –

Donations and Commissioned Projects Coordinator:
Todd Martin –

Woodworking Show Coordinator:
Andrea Lyons –

IT Administrator:
Doug Johnson –

Aaron Johnson / Jim Becher –

Newsletter Editor:
Grady Vaughan

Al Carlson
Sarah Porter

Toy Committee Chair:
Steve Mettes

Shop Manager:
David Gronefeld

Classes and Workshops Coordinator:
Corey Doner

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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