Category: Woodworking Enlightenment

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Scott Grove Presents on Veneering

On the morning of Saturday, June 20, 2020, Scott Grove gave an introduction to veneering to the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild. His own description of the presentation and a recording of the Zoom meeting are below. Scott Grove, internationally-renowned master craftsman, introduces you to the wonderful world of veneer. He covers veneering fundamentals that includes…
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May 2020 – Show & Tell

Collin Preftakes recently completed this five foot tall cherry bookcase. It sports adjustable shelves, raised panel sides, and a shiplapped back. Most of the construction was done with Collin’s own hand tools, save for a few cuts made at the Guild’s shop. Thank you, Collin, for sharing this wonderful work of art!

April 2020 – Show & Tell

Due to current health concerns, monthly Guild meetings remain canceled, but that doesn’t mean we can’t continue Show & Tell! Please send woodworking projects – past or present – to We’d love to know what you’ve been up to!

Stabilized Blanks

A member recently inquired on our forums, “What is a stabilized blank?” and today we have the answer. Thank you, A cut off is just the portion of the wood that wasn’t needed and cut off. In my case, I had 23″ long pieces of quilted maple, ( figured maple ), I only needed 13″…
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Rockler Cross Lap Jig

One of our favorite Guild sponsors, Brian Romine with Rockler, shared a number of new and popular products available at his store. One of those is the Rocker Cross Lap Jig. When you need to cut multiple lap joints with uniform spacing, reach for our Cross Lap Jig. Screw it to your miter gauge and…
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Final steps of building a wine stopper

Wine Bottle Stoppers

At the September meeting, John Bronson presented his inspiration for hardwood bottle stoppers as well as a quick overview on how to make them with a lathe and some super glue. Enjoy his beautiful slide deck, full of recommended purchases and progressive updates as he turns his own stopper.

Screenshot of CutList Optimizer

CutList Optimizer

Hal Donovan presented a fantastic website at this month’s meeting,, which will help you get the most out of your sheet stock. Provide the website with the various panels you’ll need – dimensions and quantity for each – and what raw stock you have on hand and you’ll be given a diagram and cut…
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Math in Woodworking: Slides from Don Snyder’s Show & Tell

During the August monthly meeting, Don Snyder shared some insights on how math is used every day in the woodworking world, and today I get to share with you his slides from that presentation. Please enjoy and feel free to peruse his complete website: