June 2024 Newsletter

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Next Meeting:

This Thursday

June 20th

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

Happy Father’s Day to all of you Dads out there!

To start off with, I would like to know how you thought last month’s meeting went. What you liked or didn’t like. You can talk to me at the meeting or email me at
 president@slwg.org.  Also, I would like to hear from you what kind of presentations you would like to see or topics to learn about.  Remember, this is your meeting, and I would like to make it as much about woodworking as I can for you.
Classes, what kind of classes would you like to have at the shop.  It’s that time of the year that our vice president is starting to put together a list of classes so please let us know.

Remember to bring to the meeting your woodworking questions or problems you are having with a project; someone here will know the answer. If you have any questions, please stand up and wait for a microphone. 
Show and Tell, even if you are not yet done with a project, please bring it, Show and Tell doesn’t have to be a completed project. I am not completely finished with my CNC so-called cabinet.
It doesn’t look like the new shop is going to be built at Faust Park.  Faust is not going to work for us, but the committee is still looking into other avenues.  We knew this is going to be a multiple year project; we will keep you informed as to progress.

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.

Rockwood School District Toy Build

This year’s toy kit assembly by 80 fifth graders at the Westbridge Elementary School in Ballwin was a great success.  The kids assembled kits which the Guild provided for donation to one of our hospital partners, and then they assembled a race car to take home with them. 

A BIG THANKS to the Kit Makers and Volunteer Supervisors!!!

(In-Person Presentation and Livestream)

Christmas in June

Facilitated by

Bob Ryan

Examples of Christmas projects that Members build in their shop.



Building an Heirloom Bedroom Set in the Mission Style


Dan Lender

Dan arrived with an array of jigs and test setups he had developed throughout the design and construction phases of the projects. His precision mortising jig for the router was particularly noteworthy.
Link to Previous Month’s Meeting Recording

Bob Kastigar manned the Cap and Apron sale table at the May meeting and will be at the June meeting also.  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.

First Annual Faust Park Art Fair

Member-made items are needed for the Guild’s booth at the First Annual Faust Park Art Fair being held August 24, 2024 from 10 am – 4 pm.

We are hoping to get at least 100 items to sell with funds received going to the Guild and benefitting our Community Service projects. Every month we see amazing talent from members, and we want to showcase them. No item is too small or too big.

Examples (partial list) of items that we believe will sell well include:

               Cutting Boards                                        Tables
               Salt and Pepper Mills                              Trays
               Charcuterie Boards                                 Boxes
               Ornaments                                              Puzzles
               Bowls                                                      Whimsical Woods Items
               Pens                                                       Toys

So we can keep track of inventory, please plan on registering and identifying what and how many items you’d like to contribute at our next meeting or send a message to David Gronefeld or me. Members should plan on bringing their items to the June, July and August meetings.

We also need 8-10 volunteers to man the booth in 2-hour shifts, plus set up and tear down.
If you have any questions about the event or your ideas for items, let David or me know.

Vickie Berry
David Gronefeld

Donate to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild HERE


Leo Weisman showed a novel way to shake cans of spray paint using a multipurpose vibrating tool and a

can holder fabricated from a piece of pvc pipe.  He wedged the cans in the pipe with wooden shim stock.

Lee Wandell crafted boxes from leftover pieces of spalted maple, sycamore, and walnut.

Dave Christoff presented his scroll art fretwork, featuring depiction of a steam train that used to be commonly seen in the west.

Bob Danner shared details about a project that began with three chairs and expanded into a six-chair dining set. The chairs are crafted from cherry wood and ash, and are finished with linseed oil and lacquer. Bob learned his furniture making skills from a craftsman in Indiana.

Alan Brown built another Fairy House, complete with two swings and a rope ladder, to the Enchanted Forest project at Faust Park.

Alan mentioned that the most challenging aspect of the project was constructing the roof, which he made from sticks gathered from an old hedge located behind his house.

Charles Schrock brought in this hors d’oeuvres tray that he turned from a tree crotch.

Original split of the tree and partial turning.

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 Steve Mettes organizing the toys collected during a recent meeting.

  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 smett32@yahoo.com

2024 Toy Report

Toy Tally

May — 275
YTD — 1148

May — 134
YTD — 704

Since 1994 — 87,964

2024 Toy Program Major Contributors

Over 100 Club
Paul Hellenbrand — 195
William Marsek — 200
Bill Meuth — 197
Bill Hobson — 150
Linda Turner — 146

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


No new Contributors this month

2024 Target and Challenge

Target for Delivered Items:  4,000


10% Member Participation Target

12 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 (slwg.org) under the Community Service tab, HomeSweetHome. Also, check us out in the Monthly Newsletter.
    Twenty-nine (29) members have participated in the program so far. To date (June 13, 2024), two hundred and forty-three (243) 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
Leo Weisman
10 +
Alan Brown
Paul Deutsch

15 +
Grady Vaughan
30 +
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 (slwg.org) 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

Charles Schrock with several of the ten (10) tables he built and donated to HomeSweetHome.

Thank you, Charles.

Tom will NOT have kits or wood at the June Meeting



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

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

July 14, 2024                      SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-2

July 28, 2024                      SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-3

August 3, 2024                    Stoll                                         Introduction to Hand Planes

August 11, 2024                  SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-4

August 25, 2024                  SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-5

August 31, 2024                  Ryan                                        Mantle Clock with Bent Top

September 7                       PICNIC

September 8                       SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-6

September 22                     Ryan                                        Mantle Clock with Bent Top (day 2)

September 29                     SchuchatDannerMorton             Fundamentals 2024B-7

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. 

July “Open Shop” Hours
July 9 & 10               10 am – 2 pm

July 13                      9 am – 5 pm

July 16 & 17             10 am – 2 pm

July 20 & 21              9 am – 5 pm

July 27                      9 am – 5 pm

Next Shop Safety Class
   Wednesday, July 3rd, 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


James Allred
Shawn Gonzalez
Jason Gresoski
Matt Haberer
Mark Hammer


Dawn Neubert
Steve Picucci
Jim Sallwasser
Kevin Sharp
Michael Show

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

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 – 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:
Corey Doner

Program 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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