Saturday, October 21, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-21-2017


Today was the coolest day for the second week in a row.  It was 84 degrees on Friday, but just over 49 degrees at 7 am.  Today was a finish and clean up day:  We worked on tugboats, basketball games, airplanes and cup and ball games.






Attendees (20):   Danny and Mary Green and Rick Weisbeck (in  Rick's shop), Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Lauree and Darwin Buus,  Harley Schmadeke, Paul Douglas, Ken Maron, Richard Rasmussen, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Mary Jo Anderson, Don Roberts, Julian Wigen, Al Oines, Lon Gose, and Steve Larson.





Activities:
During the past week the last group of tugboats (30) were sprayed.  So today, they needed to be sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper today.  Also this week, basketball backboard/hoop subassemblies were sprayed with clear gloss lacquer.  They were now ready to be installed om the base subassemblies.  And lastly, cup and ball cups and handles were sprayed this week, leaving only ball and strings to be attached for completion.








Critters in bags:  On Friday 10-20-2017, a group of members (Mary Jo Anderson, Mary Green, Carol Maron and Kathie Buchanan) met to organize all critters and put them into bags.  Approximately 860 critters were placed in 86 hand made cotton bags for moving to inventory today.)













Details:
   Critters:  are now done.   Seventeen boxes containing 86 bags were moved from Bob's truck to Ken's truck for transportation to the storage facility in Black Hawk.







Love Bugs:  the Greens brought about 50 bugs in ready for seal, sand, finish, and wheels.  Don Roberts returned about 100 bugs cut to shape.  Paul Douglas took home those 100 bugs to drill, sand, and router. 


Tugboats (30):  Hand sanded the completed and final finished tugboats with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper, to be ready for packing, storing and inventory.


Basketball games:  Attach backboard/hoops to post of the bases with glue.  Add two spoons and pack them in boxes ready for inventory.


Cup and Ball Games:  The games were final sprayed this week.  Ball/strings were attached to the game today, and then packed in zip-lock bags for packing in boxes for inventory.


Airplanes:  A few airplane fuselages survived a period of time in ICU and were assembled with wheels and wings today.


Inventory of completed toys: count/label/record/box up/transport


Photos from today's Toy Workshop:






Hand-sanding Tugboats



Final assembly steps for Basketball games



A few more airplanes were assembled today.



Cup and Ball Games final assembly.


Wheels on Airplanes before attaching wings.


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 Jerry demonstrates the technique for installing backboard to post.


About 29 boxes ready for inventory!


Yes, Rick wins today!!!
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Special Project for Club for Boys Library


On Thursday, the Scroll Saw Special Interest Group cut out the templates that will be used to trace the words:  IMAGINE, LEARN, EXPLORE, DISCOVER.  These letters will be painted by volunteers at the Club for Boys, and placed on the walls of the library.




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The templates were used to trace the letters on 1x12 pine for cutting to final shapes.









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Toys packaged for Inventory today: 0                     Subtotal to date:    1,860
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

SS SIG - 10-19-2019

Tonight we discussed tips and techniques of Scrollsawing.





We started working on a project for the library at the Club for Boys.  The final product will be letters to hang on the walls of the library.  Tonight We cut templates for letters including:  LEARN, EXPLORE, DISCOVER, and IMAGINE.


Rollie shared an eagle project that he just finished. 








Rick showed his 3-D Christmas trees, and other Christmas ornaments and encouraged us all to start cutting our ornaments for the Christmas Potluck coming up on Dec 11th..


Photos from the SS SIG:


















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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-14-2017

Toy Workshop 10-14-2017


Today was the coolest day of the week, just over 39 degrees at 7 am, with some funky soft hail with thunder and lightning, so we moved routers and sanders inside.  Today was a themed day:  GAMES.  We worked on tugboats, basketball games, and cup and ball games.



Attendees (24):   Danny and Mary Green, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Grant Coffin, Jerry Hood, Ralph Brethauer, Rick Weisbeck (in  home shop), Gary Graves, Lauree and Darwin Buus, Rick Braband,  Harley Schmadeke, Jerry Nordine, Paul Douglas, Ken Maron, Richard Rasmussen, Bel Felix, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Mary Jo Anderson, Don Roberts, Julian Wigen, and  Al Oines.

Activities:
During the past week the first group of tugboats (85) were sprayed.  They needed to be sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper today.  The remainder of the tugboats (30) were assembled today.  They will need a final spray finish applied this week.  This week, basketball bases were fitted with 1/2 " dowel posts and sprayed with clear gloss lacquer.  They were now ready for strings to be installed.  Backboards were routered last week and needed some minor sanding on the corners.  Then the hoops could be glued to them.

Details:
   Critters:
       Sand flat sides with stationary belt sander
   Love Bugs:
       Two boxes of traced bugs (over 200) were  taken to home shops for cutting
   Tugboats (30):
        Routering - tugboat hulls and cabins
        Sanding - tugboat cabins with Rigid Sander
        Hand sanding  - tops of Stacks and corners of cabins
        Attach cabins to hulls with screws and glue
        Install pegs (aka rope ties)(red) into hulls using 3/16" thick spacers
        Glue and install stacks into cabins
        Glue stacks (1" dowels) into cabins
  Basketball games:
        Attach launchers to bases with glue and a screw
        Sand edges of backboards
        Glue hoops to backboards
        Drill pilot holes in hoops
        Install two screws thru backboards into hoops
        Install string/ball assemblies into basketball bases.
  Cup and Ball Games
       The games were turned by Grant during this past week
        Holes were drilled for the string/ball assemblies, and the handles glued in place.
        They will be final sprayed this week.
  Inventory of completed toys: count/label/record/box up/transport

Photos from today's Toy Workshop:

Busy bees preparing backboards/hoops, bases, tugboats, and miscellaneous parts.

Danny and Ken sanding and routering small parts for tugboats and critters.

Hand sanding operations to the left, tugboats and basketball games to the right.

Al aligned hoops on the groove in the backboards and gluing in place.

Harley and Julian switched from final wheel toy assembly to building tugboats.

Danny donned protective eyewear to ward off miscellaneous rockets from the router man.

The router man...

More hand sanding operations in the side room.

Paul and Richard worked on sanding the corners smooth on the backboards before attaching the hoops.


Mary Jo and Kathie used 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper to make the tugboats nice and smooth.


Items to do this week:
  1. Spray backboards (108)
  2. Spray cup and ball games (29)
  3. Spray tugboats (29)
  4. Prepare ICU items from Gary Graves for final spray.
  5. Cabins for next year - drill 1" angled hole while drill press is still setup
  6. Prepare critters for bags - dust and sort
  7. Bag the critters
  8. Seal/spray ICU items (may include some airplanes).
Items to do next Saturday at Workshop:
  1. Assemble basketball games and package with spoons and instructions.
  2. Hand sand tugboats with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  3. Assemble cup and ball games with string/ball assemblies.
  4. Inventory and pack up finished toys:  critters, tugboats, basketball games.
  5. Install wheels on any completed ICU items (may include some airplanes).



Mrs. Butterworth boxes

Critters ready to dusted and sorted.


Forecast for next week:
Looks to be a great week for finishing toys.



Toys packaged for Inventory today: xxx            Subtotal to date:    x,xxx
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Monday, October 9, 2017

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-7-2017

Toy Workshop 10-7-2017


Today was the warmest day of the week, over 70 degrees, so it was still warm enough to set up routers and sanders outside.  Today was a building day.  We continued the process started last weekend of building tugboats.  We finished up parts for basketball games, started assembling the bases, and traced out about 200 Love Bugs.  There were no toys completed for moving to storage/inventory today.  Sorry Rick, I won today.

Attendees (16):   Danny and Mary Green, Bob Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Ralph Brethauer, Rick Weisbeck, Gary Graves, Harley Schmadeke and his neighbor Carl, Jerry Nordine, Mary Jo Anderson, Don Roberts, Frank DiCesare, Lon Gose, Julian Wigen, and  Al Oines.

Activities:
   Critters:
       Sand flat sides with stationary belt sander
       Router edges with trim routers on tables using 1/8" round-over bits
       Edge routering of the last box of critters for 2017 was completed today.
   Love Bugs:
        Love bug patterns were traced on cedar and redwood
        Traced bugs (over 200) were cut into individual blocks for cutting to shape.
   Tugboats:
        Routering - tugboat hulls and cabins
        Sanding - tugboat hulls and cabins with Rigid Sander; Sand/shape fronts of cabins
        Hand sanding  - tops of Stacks and corners of cabins
        Mark hulls for drilling rope ties (7/32")
        Drill 7/32" holes for rope ties
        Attach cabins to hulls with screws and glue
        Install pegs (aka rope ties)(red) into hulls using 3/16" thick spacers
        Glue and install stacks into cabins
        Glue stacks (1" dowels) into cabins
   Basketball games:
        Drill pilot holes in Launchers
        Attach launchers to bases with glue and a screw
        Drill two clearance holes in backboards
        Router edges of backboards

Inventory of completed toys:  count/label/record/box up/transport -  Ninety five percent of the tugboats were assembled today.  They will need a final spray finish applied when the weather comes back up near 70 degrees again.  (It dropped 35 degrees from yesterday to Sunday.)  Basketball bases are ready for posts.  Backboards need sanding, and then hoops can be attached.

Photos from today's Toy Workshop:

Julian is setting up to attach cabins to boat hulls using a positioning jig.

Al drilled two countersunk holes in the backboards.

Mary, Mary Jo, and Don sanded tugboats parts before assembly.

Cris traced Love Bugs onto cedar and redwood.

Harley got Love Bugs ready for cutting.


Ralph prepared Wendy's spoons for attaching to basketball games.

Rick rounded the edges of the last box of Critters for 2017.


Jerry and Danny sanded and routered tugboats parts.

Don drilled holes for rope ties, while Julian attached cabins to  boat hulls.

Jerry drilled pilot holes in launchers, and then attached the launchers to the basketball game bases with a screw and glue.

Don drilled holes in the hulls to receive the red axle pegs (rope ties).

Lon was building tugboats today, attaching red axle pegs to holes drilled in the tugboat hulls.

Harley cut the traced Love Bugs into blocks; Cris packed them in boxes for the next step in the process:  cutting to shape.



Lon installed red pegs into the tugboat hulls.

First apply glue to the bottom of the cabins with brushes.

Then locate the cabin to the hull using a jig for easy positioning, and drive in a 5/8" long screw.


Today was supposed to be an easy day at the shop, with extra time for cookies and coffee, but every attendee kept busy the entire workshop!  Like a well-oiled machine!



Toys packaged for Inventory today: 0                     Subtotal to date:    1,860
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