Just in time for Amazon Prime Day ,11 July 2017, the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild is now listed with Amazon Smile

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild every time you shop on Amazon, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild. 

Simply go to, and select the St. Louis Woodworker’s Guild as your organization that you want to receive donations from your eligible purchases.  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases.  You don’t make the donation, Amazon Smile does.  It truly is at no cost to you.  Just make sure you go to instead of  If you have any questions on how the program works, just send an email to Mike Sistek at .  It’s with programs like this that we can continue to keep the cost of membership to the guild low.

Have you seen our facebook page?  There are some great videos on there.

Fine Woodworking discount subscription to the online membership of their site.  See Private Site for more info.

• Please check out the new topics in the Forum 

New Policy - Open Shop Hours in the Guild's Faust Park workshop.  NO reservation required. NO payment required!    1st & 2nd weekend (Saturday and Sunday) each month 9:00 - 5:00pm.  NEW = the shop will open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the first and second full weeks of each month.  Guild membership must be current. Must have completed safety class. Must have signed a liability waiver.

NEW = the shop will open from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm on Tuesdays and Wednesdays of the first and second full weeks of each month.

Here are the “open shop hours” schedule for November:


   November 4th & 5th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    November 7th & 8th  10:00 am – 2:00 pm

    November 11th & 12th  9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    November 14th & 15th  10:00 am – 2:00 pm


I have a scheduled Safety Class for Thursday October 26th at 6:30 pm at the Faust Park Shop. Contact Wayne Watson at 314-846-1172



Focused Woodworking Groups - List of groups and members can be found  on the Private Site:  click on Members, Private Site. Log in. Scroll to the bottom of page.  See STLWW Focused Groups for instructions and group members.

Members phone and email address can be found in the PAID Membership List

If you do not yet have access to the Private Site, please send an email to the Webmaster at


New Shop Equipment

Through the efforts of Guild Member, John Bronson, Emerson Corporation ( Rigid Tools) has selected the Guild to test prototype tools in the Rigid Tool Line. We are responsible to provide accurate feedback by completing surveys throughout the test period. Emerson personnel may occasionally visit to record data. It is my understanding that after the test period Emerson will donate the tools to the Guild. The first two tools are new Shop Vacuums. The Board has agreed to rely on the Shop Monitors to provide the feedback. The new vacuums should be in place this weekend. Please use them like “rented mules” and then go to the survey sites to leave your feedback.

I am providing the survey links below. There is a separate link for each tool.  I will mark each machine so that we do not confuse the surveys. If this goes well we can expect future test tools from the Rigid line.

If you have any questions give me a call.

Survey Links


MOB (1650RV)

Self-cleaning filter (RV3410)


Once again thank you for all that do to make the Guild such a wonderful organization



• Oct 19: Monthly Meeting: Making Post-and-Rung Chairs using Green Woodworking with Grant Black

Grant Black comes from a long line of traditional chairmakers and began his own journey in the craft beginning in 2010.  He regularly shares his traditional woodworking skills demonstrating as a period craftsman. He has enjoyed working with his hands all his life.  He has been a member of the St. Louis Woodworkers Guild since 2012.


• Oct 26: Safety Class at Faust Park Shop.  6:30

The next Faust Park Safety Class is scheduled for Thursday evening Oct 26th at 6:30 pm. This is a required class before a Guild Member may use the Guild’s wood shop during “Open Shop” hours. Cost is $20.00. Bring your membership card. For more info contact Wayne Watson. 314-846-1172

Grand Opening Celebration at:

Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in St. Louis has just expanded in a new location just doors down from its former location in Bridgeton. The store has grown from 5,400 square feet to over 9,100 square feet and in addition to the larger retail area, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware will now have significantly larger, dedicated class room space. To celebrate the new store, Rockler is inviting the community to attend its grand opening celebration which begins on October 28th, with a 9:00AM Board Cutting Ceremony and a free gift to the first 250 attendees. Special demonstrations and promotions are scheduled from October 28th through November 18th.


Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in St. Louis

11977 Saint Charles Rock Rd - Suite 110A, St Louis, MO 63044          

Phone: (314) 209-1116

Grand Opening Events, Specials and Tool Demonstrations from 10/28/17 – 11/18/17  See web site for details.


Saturday, October 28th at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

Free gift for first 250 customers

Board Cutting 9AM - Board Cutting Ceremony

Finishing demonstration by Rob Johnstone, Woodworker’s Journal, at 10AM, 1PM and 3PM

Tool manufacturer’s representatives from Makita, Next Wave Automation, Jet & Powermatic, Freud and Sorby

• Oct 28:  Mini-Workshop: Introduction to Bowl Turning with Brad Bernhard.  8-4pm. At Faust Park Shop. Cost $25.00

• Oct 29:  Mini-Workshop: Introduction to Wire Inlays with John Koch.  9-4pm. At Faust Park Shop. Cost $60.00.  Tool list TBD.

• Nov 4, 11, 18: Rocker's grand opening celebration continues each Saturday with free demonstrations, blogger meet and greets, special promotions and manufacturer's representatives.  See more details at:   See web site for details.

• Nov 16: Monthly meeting:  All About Routers with Brian Romine of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware

• Dec: No meeting.  

• Jan 18: Monthly Meeting: Historicorps: Historic Building Restoration with a speaker John Bales.

You can volunteer to help restore historic buildings at

• Feb 15: Monthly Meeting:  Penn Spice Box Build with Jay Noffisnger

• Mar 15: Monthly Meeting: Silient Auction and  Show and Tell.. Everyone's chance to show their skills

Bring your tools that you want to sell.

• April 19: Monthly Meeting: Goebal Furniture. Presentation on Joinery with Martin Goebal

• May 17: Monthly Meeting: Steam bending and bent wood lamination with Ken Stahl  Follow on Instagram

• June 21: Monthly Meeting: Decorative cutting boards with Gary Halsey

• July 19: Monthly Meeting: TBD

• TBD:  Mini-Workshop: Making a Mahogan Jewelry Box with Wayne Watson

• TBD:  Mini-Workshop: Compound Miters Class with Don Snyder at Faust Park Shop. 9-5

• TBD: Mini-Workshop: Shaker Style 6 Drawer Chest with Bob Brinkman.  6 sessions.

• TBD: Shop Tour with Eric Lavell

• TBD: Shop Tour with John Dahl

• TBD: Mini-Workshop: Cabriloe Legs with Wayne Watson & Mike Sistek

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