Saturday, October 23, 2010

Toymaking Workparty Oct 23, 2010

Toymakers: Just a quick reminder that we are having our weekly Toymaking Workshop - Sat Oct 23rd from 9 am to noon, at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City. We will be working on toy cars, tugboats, crayon vans, and dino cutouts. See you then.

Toymakers and Toy Workshop attendess have included Kathie, Julian, Lon, Harley, Grant, Ron, Rick, Lauren, Roger, Gary, Tom, and Bob. We appreciate getting additional help from several other individuals including Gary’s wife, Trish Graves, who has been helping sew up bags for the animal cutouts. Judy Levine, Linda Deibert, and Mary Coffin have also volunteered to help with the bags. Jim from J&D Woodworks, Inc came through with another plywood sheetful of 120 basketball hoops this week to help us get closer to finishing the basketball games. And we continue to receive sanding supplies from Jeff and Celi Albrecht. Many thanks to you all!

Check out the November newsletter - THE CUTTING EDGE - for a few shots from recent workshops. Here's a link:

Here are a few captions from the newsletter:

A beautiful October day in SD
Julian attached the cabins to the hulls of the Little Toot tugboats, a new addition this year.
Julian and Kathie are sanding puzzles and animal cutouts.
Harley is putting wheels on oldie cars.
Rick (aka WILSON) is putting axle holes in busses.
Ron (also aka WILSON) is sanding the cabins for the Little Toot tugboats.
Kathie and Ron are sanding animal puzzles.
Harley assembled busses, while Julian is preparing to drill holes for tie downs on Little Toot tugboats.
Grant is getting ready for basketball game assembly by counting available basketball game parts.
Lauren is starting on Crayon Vans by tracing them from a masonite pattern onto our recently donated redwood.
Kathie is sanding scroll sawn animal puzzles again.
Harley is drilling car windows.
Julian is cutting the holes for the new style cup and ball games.
Cup and Ball Games – Parts.

Here are some of the projects being completed this month.

Introducing a new addition to the toy line this year: LITTLE TOOT
Little Toot “stacks” prepared from 1” dowels drilled with 5/8 inch holes.
Little Toots getting final lacquer spray.
Fantastic November weather!
Basketball Hoops straight from the CNC sheet.
Basketball Game launchers rough cut
Oldie Cars getting the final lacquer spray finish.
Oldies packed and ready to go.
Animals include dinosaurs, elephants and giraffes.
The ubiquitous school busses are ready to go as well.
LITTLE TOOT tugboats ready to tug.
Crayon vans ready for crayons.
120 Basketball Hoops made on the CNC Router at J&D Woodworks, Inc. on a single sheet of ¾ inch plywood.
The hoops are removed from the sheet and ready for some minor cleanup.
Crayon Van pattern is first traced onto redwood.
Hole Marker Jig is used to locate the Crayon holes in vans.
Sanding sealer being applied to the crayon vans.
8 holes x 48 vans = 384 holes
The prototype Crayon Van was put through extensive crayon holding tests.
Crayon Vans sanded, sealed, sanded, and ready for wheels.
Crayon Vans packed and ready.
Using a mouse sander to sand the mouse puzzles.

Check out our website for numerous photos documenting this special program:

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Toymaking Workparty - Oct 16, 2010 - Fall Marathon Begins

We started the fall marathon of toymaking today.


FYI - Check out page D7 of the 10-14-2010 Rapid City Journal - we made the WEATHER page again!

Group offers workshops in woodworking

RAPID CITY — The Rapid City Woodworking Association will hold a series of workshops from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays beginning Oct. 16 through the middle of December to build and finish wood toys for delivery to area underprivileged children at Christmas. Call Bob Buchanan at 348-2865 or Roger Bares at 484-3498 for location or for more information.

Press Release for the RCWA Toymaking Workshops – Oct – Dec 2010

The toymakers in the Rapid City Woodworking Association (RCWA) are gearing up for a series of workshops during October and November. This will be the final push 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. This is the purpose of this special year around Toy Program for making and distributing handmade holiday gifts and toys to charitable organizations in the local area. Members work year around in their own garages as well as in monthly Saturday Toy Workshops to produce quality wood toys. Before Christmas, the toys are distributed to various organizations in the area.

Workshops will be held Saturdays in the RCWA Shop in the basement at 910 Wood Ave starting Oct 16, 2009 and continuing each Saturday thru the middle of December from 9 am to noon. Call Bob Buchanan at 348-2865 or Roger Bares at 484-3498 for questions.

This year we are planning to build and give approximately 1200 toys to The Club for Boys, Benji’s House, Women Against Violence (WAVI), Youth and Family Services, Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity, all in Rapid City, and Needs Free from 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 for more information: If you want to help with donations, we are currently in need of wheels and axles to make toy vehicles. Monetary donations can be mailed to our RCWA Treasurer, Roger Bares at 834 Farlow in Rapid City, SD, 57701 or dropped off at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church office at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City.

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 $18 a year. 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 Roger Bares at (605) 484-3498. Or go to our website at

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October 2010 General Meeting of the RCWA

The presentation was an overview of a trip taken to Orange County, California, and covered an overview of the activities of the Orange County Woodworker's Association at the Orange County Fair, a summary of the daylong Orange County Scroll Saw Associaton (OCSSA) picture framing workshop, a report on the presentation at the OC Woodturner’s meeting, and a trip to see a live and in person viewing of a SAWSTOP demonstration at Denver’s Rockler. The presentation was by the RCWA president Bob Buchanan.

Also presented were new toymaking ideas including a pattern for the waddling dino, a train locomotive made from stair railing, a new version of a cup and ball game, new ideas for improving the basketball game, a mirror for young girls that can be turned on the lathe, some ideas for making a biplane, tops turned on the lathe, and new methods for assembling wheeled vehicles using a bolt chucked in a drill press. Books on toymaking (mainly old style toys) will be shared at the next woodworking monthly meeting.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

SS SIG - Sept 20, 2010

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September 2010 General Meeting

The September 2010 general meeting of the RCWA was held on Monday September 13th at 910 Wood Ave at 7 pm - fireside at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Rapid City, SD. This meeting consisted of a short business meeting followed by discussions selected by Rick Weisbeck. After the discussion, we took a break, ate some snacks, and did the Show and Tell.

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