Saturday, September 23, 2017

TOY WORKSHOP - 9-23-2017


Saturday September 23rd, 2017:  9 am to Noon - Toy Workshop at CFB Shop
The third week of our fall toy-making marathon!

It was a blustery day today, with cool temps and moisture in the air, so we moved the routers and sanders inside the shop, and moved the wheel assembly line to the extension room to the south of the shop.



Attendees (19):   Danny Green, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Grant Coffin, Ralph Brethauer, Paul Douglas, Rick Weisbeck (at home shop), Richard Rasmussen, Harley Schmadeke, Darwin and Lauree Buus, Jerry Nordine, Bel Felix, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Frank DiCesare, Ken Maron, and Mary Jo Anderson.





Activities:
   Critters - sand flat sides with stationary belt sander
   Critters - router edges with trim routers on tables using 1/8" round-over bits
   Critters - drill eyes
   Sanding - toys with Rigid Sander
   Sanding by hand - launchers and hoops
   String/Ball Assemblies - prep for basketball games and cup and ball games
   Airplanes:  Installing wings on airplanes, then installing two wheels on airplanes
   Drilling - eyes were added to critters with 3/32" drill bits
   Drilling - holes were drilled in the tops of helicopters for rotor installation
   Installing wheels on toys - four wheel presses set up
   Inventory of completed toys:  count/label/record/box up/transport








Photos from today's Toy Workshop:







The wheel line today included Bel, Harley, Paul, and Richard.




Jerry Nordine and Ralph Brethauer assembled the last of the airplanes.




Isn't that the coolest wall paper!




Kathie and Mary Jo did the final sanding of parts for the basketball game, including the hoops and the launchers, using 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper. 




The flash on the left side is Lauree, the toy wheel line JIT (just-in-time) supplier/expediter, and toy recorder/packer!



What a great facility to make toys!
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Ralph and Jerry converted from airplane assembly to helicopter rotor assembly with minimal setup time and almost no re-training.



Grant and Darwin worked the "string to ball" assembly operation, preparing for the basketball game and cup and ball game builds.




Ken returned from vacation to try his hand at dremel tool critter routering.



Rollie and Danny discussed new scrollsawing techniques after spending the morning sanding toys and critters on the disc and Rigid sanders.


Not pictured:
Jerry Hood made eyes on a ton of critters, with 3/32" drill bits.
Ed  Pike and Danny Green sanded the flat sides of another ton of critters.
Frank DiCesare prepared helicopters for rotors by drilling 7/32" holes in the tops of the last group of helicopters for the year.
Rick Weisbeck - working at home shop today - running the CNC machine making parts for the helicopters, the rocking chairs, and the turtle banks.  Also doing some trim routering to ease the edges of critters, while spraying wheels, and preparing parts for tractors, rocking chairs, and turtle banks!











Bags and Quilts
Patsy Hood delivered a tall stack of fleece critter bags this past week.  Mary Jo Anderson delivered a number of flannel critter bags this week.
Carol Maron completed several beautiful cradle sized quilts this week.  Earlier this year, Roberta Brethauer, Margaret Rasmussen and Kathie Buchanan brought in several cradle quilts as well.    Thank you ladies for sharing your special talents with us!












Nine boxes of toys counted/labeled/recorded/and packaged for transport by Grant to the offsite storage location.


























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Toys packaged for Inventory today: 292            Subtotal to date:   1,623
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SS SIG - 9-21-2017


Thursday Sept 21st:  7 pm Scroll Saw Special Interest Group (SS SIG) at Rick's Shop.

Attendees(10):  Danny Green, Rollie Lynde, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Paul Douglas, Darwin Buus, Rick Weisbeck, Harley Schmadeke, Ken Maron, and Jerry Hood.

Activities:  Christmas 3D ornaments,  Wood Recovery, New Toy Discussion - Wood Puzzles





Thursday, September 14, 2017

Toy Workshop at CFB - Saturday 9-16-2017


Saturday September 16th, 2017:  9 am to Noon - Toy Workshop at CFB Shop
The second week of our fall toy-making marathon!



Attendees (21):   Danny and Mary Green, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Ralph Brethauer, Paul Douglas, Rick Weisbeck, Richard Rasmussen, Harley Schmadeke, Darwin and Lauree Buus, Jerry Nordine, Julian Wigen, Bel Felix, Don Roberts, Al Oines, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, and Frank DiCesare, and Mary Jo Anderson.





Activities:
   Critters - sand flat sides and router edges with trim routers on tables using 1/8" round-over bits
   Sanding - toys with Rigid Sander
   Sanding - flat sides with stationary belt sander
   Routering - edges of toys with round-over bits
   Sanding - toys by hand after sealed
   Sanding airplane wings
   Sanding basketball game launchers
   Rocking Chairs:  Tracing patterns for rocking chairs, cutting backs for rocking chairs with scroll saws. 
   String/Ball Assemblies - add to Paddle Games; package Paddle Games in ziplock bags
   Airplane wings - drill countersunk center hole and attach to fuselages
   Airplanes:  Installing wings on airplanes, then install two wheels on airplanes
   Basketball game launchers - sand and mark location of screw pilot holes; drill pilot holes in launchers.
   Installing wheels on toys - two wheel presses set up
   Inventory of completed toys:  count/label/record/box up








Photos from today's Toy Workshop:


Entering the SHOP at the Club for Boys




Airplane Assembly on the left; scrolls sawing rocker parts in back on right, paddle game assembly right front.




The Wheel Line:  Harley and Julian and Bel




Hand sanding caterpillars:  Kathie, Don and Mary Jo




Ed scrolling parts for the rocking chairs




Jerry drilling holes in airplane wings




Frank drilling pilot holes in basketball game launchers




Ed - Fretwork on the rocking chair back.




Darwin - Scroll sawing the rocking chair parts.




Al - Building the string/ball assemblies for the paddle games.




Airplane Assembly Line - Ralph, Paul, and Lon




Wheel / axle subassembly assembly  mixed with string/ball subassemblies...





Airplane wing assembly fixture




Lon - wheels on airplanes





Rollie and Rick:  Tailgating:  using trim routers with 1/8" round-over bits to ease the edges of the critters.






Danny and Jerry:  using RIGID sanders to sand and shape a number of wheeled vehicles.

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Toys packaged for Inventory today: 229            Subtotal to date:    1,331.
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September General Meeting 9-11-2017

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Toy Workshop at Club for Boys SHOP - 9 Sept 2017


Saturday September 9th, 2017:  9 am to Noon - Toy Workshop at CFB Shop
The first day of our fall toy-making marathon!

Attendees (19):   Danny Green, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Ralph Brethauer, Paul Douglas, Rick Weisbeck, Richard Rasmussen, Harley Schmadeke, Darwin and Lauree Buus, Jerry Nordine, Julian Wigen, Bel Felix, Don Roberts, Al Oines, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, and Gary Graves.

Activities:
   Critters - sand flat sides and router edges with trim routers on tables
   Sanding - toys with Rigid Sander
   Sanding - flat sides with stationary belt sander
   Routering - edges of toys with roundover bits
   Sanding - toys by hand after sealed
   String/Ball Assemblies - drilled holes in wooden balls (250), cut strings to length (17")
        for basketball games, paddle games, and cup and ball games.
   Airplane wings - sand edges
   Basketball game launchers - sand and mark location of screw holes
   Installing wheels on toys - five wheel presses set up
   Inventory of completed toys:  count/label/record/box up

Photos from today's Toy Workshop:














Toys packaged for Inventory today: 218                     Subtotal to date:    1,102.
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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Toymaking Marathon begins on September 9, 2017

Press Release for the RCWA Toymaking Marathon – September 9 thru early Dec 2017 

The toymakers in the Rapid City Woodworking Association (RCWA) are gearing up for a series of Saturday workshops during September, October and November.  This will be the culmination of the year’s efforts to build and finish wood toys for delivery at Christmas.  One of the purposes of the Rapid City Woodworking Association (RCWA) is to enhance the quality of life for underprivileged children of the Black Hills.  We accomplish this through our special year-around Toy Program in which we make and distribute handmade holiday gifts and toys to charitable organizations in the local area.  Members work year around in their own garages during the week, and then at bi-monthly Saturday Toy Workshops to produce quality wood toys.  Before Christmas, the toys are packed up and distributed.
The Toymaking Marathon will be starting September 9th, 2017 from 9 am to noon and continue each Saturday thru the first week of December or until all toys are done.  Workshops will be held in the Club for Boys Shop from 9 am to noon.  The Club for Boys is located near the Civic Center - at 320 N 4th Street, Rapid City, SD.  Call Bob Buchanan at (605) 348-2865 or Rick Weisbeck at (605) 431-4708 if you have questions.
This year we are planning to build and give approximately 2,200 wooden toys to local area organizations who work with children.  Last year’s recipients included The Club for Boys, Women Against Violence (WAVI), Youth and Family Services, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, The Hope Center, Love, Inc., SD National Guard Family Assistance Center - 155th En Co, all in Rapid City, the Airmen and Family Readiness Center, and the EAFB Youth Programs at Ellsworth AFB, The Cheyenne River Youth Project in Eagle Butte, and Needs Free in the Sioux Falls area.

If you want to help build and assemble toys for the Toy Program, we can always use an extra hand.  If you have the skills for running a scroll saw, we can use your help as well.  If you can help between now and Christmas, call Bob Buchanan at 348-2865 or check our website http://www.sdwoodworker.org/ for more information:  If you want to help with donations, we can always use wheels and axles to make toy vehicles.  Monetary donations can be mailed to our RCWA Treasurer, Paul Douglas at 5219 Chateaux Ridge in Rapid City, SD 57702

The mission of the RCWA is to promote woodworking safety, skills and knowledge, for the amateur, professional and student craftsperson.  The RCWA was formed to meet the needs of the woodworkers in the Rapid City area.  We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City.  We cordially invite men and women of all ages who have an interest in woodworking to attend our meetings.  No experience is necessary for membership.  Membership dues are $25/year per famly.  Please come and share the experience, ideas, techniques and the mutual enjoyment of creating with wood.

The RCWA is a local chapter of the South Dakota Woodworkers Guild.  The RCWA exists for two main reasons: (1) To exchange information that will enhance the enjoyment and skills of woodworking; and (2) To promote woodworking as a hobby, as a profession, or anywhere in between.  This includes promoting woodworking safety, teaching and helping other members, enhancing the quality of life for underprivileged children of the Black Hills by making and distributing Wooden Toys to charitable organizations in the local area, and supporting community service organizations thru volunteer woodworking activities. 

For more information, contact Bob Buchanan at (605) 348-2865 or Rick Weisbeck at (605) 431-4708.  Or go to our website at www.sdwoodworker.org.












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