Monday, May 20, 2013

Toy Workshop - May 18, 2013

A toy workshop was held on Saturday morning , May 18, 2013, at the RCWA Shop.

Activities included tracing critters, PT Cruisers, Pickups, and Caterpillars.

Larry Borg brought in his latest new tool - the RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander sold mostly at Home Depot.
Toymakers at the workshop today included Richard Rasmussen, Ben Shatruck, Gary Graves, Steve Larson, Julian Wigen, Darwin Buus, Larry Borg, and Kathie and Bob Buchanan.

Tracing was on the agenda today with Kathie, Richard and Ben working on critter cutouts and wheeled vehicles.

Wood (2x4's) that Julian Wigen planed was selected for the Hills Alive booth and loaded into Bob' s truck to start the building process for about 200 cars for the event on July 20, 1013 at Memorial Park.

To get to the HOME PAGE of the Rapid City Woodworking Association website, click on the link below:

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Monday, May 13, 2013

General Meeting - May 13, 2013

Agenda for the meeting is as follows:
1.                 Guests/new members
2.                 Dues/Treasurer’s Report
3.                 Sign-in / Email / Newsletter check
4.                 Next Shop Tour/Event – FAMILY PICNIC – JUNE 8TH - BUCHANAN’S
5.                 Next Toy Workshop – Saturday  MAY 18TH – 9 am to noon – RCWA SHOP
6.                 Next SS SIG – Wednesday MAY 22ND – 7 pm – ROGER BARES SHOP
7.                 Next Meeting – June 10th , 20137 pm
8.                 Refreshments for next meeting:  Wes
9.                 ITEMS FOR DISCUSSION:
10.             Toy Program update/STATUS
     a.       Toy project - HILLS ALIVE – A Day in the Park – Hope for a Lifetime!
           i.      Time:  Saturday July 20th - 9 am to 1 pm
           ii.      Signup for 1-2 hour time slots
           iii.      What: make and give toys to approx 200 kids – color – add wheels
           iv.      Where:  Memorial Park

    b.     Toy Plans Management System
            i.      Located on web-site under TOY PROGRAM – TOY DOCUMENTATION –              Toy Patterns for Deliverable Toys
           ii.      Physical File Cabinet in RCWA Shop
           iii.      On CD for mobile applications

c.     Wood Recovery Project – continues - We will need boxes and helpers

d.     TOY APPLICATIONS – will send out requests for updates to last years orgs in July + receiving new applications:
         i.      The Hope Center – basic day services for the homeless
         ii.      Love Inc

e.      NEXT TOY Workshop – Saturday May 18th - 9AM to noon at RCWA Shop

11.             Woodworking Display Cases

12.             FUTURE DISCUSSIONs

13.             SHOW and TELL

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Fifth Annual Woodworking Show - May 11, 2013

The Rapid City Woodworkers Association (RCWA) will be sharing their skills and showing finished art products during their fifth annual Woodworking Show. It will be held Saturday May 11, 2013, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Knecht Home Center. The event is free to the public, and those interested in joining the organization are particularly welcomed.

The show will feature displays of fine woodworking projects by individual members. There will also be live demonstrations of woodturning, scroll sawing, toy-making, and use of hand tools. Visitors to the show can also register for a monthly club newsletter and various door prizes of donated wooden items hand-made by members. A raffle will be held for several select wooden items. Proceeds will be used to buy supplies for the RCWA’s Toy Making Program for less fortunate children in the Black Hills.
Woodworking demonstrations will include several projects. These will explain how to make wooden toys and boxes, turning bowls and pens on a lathe, and using a scroll saw for name signs or clock parts. Interested children can have their individual names cut from wood and take them home. Visitors are also welcomed to help sand toy parts. Members of the RCWA will be available to share advice as well as swap ideas for techniques and projects from those attending the show.
The event will be held at 320 West Boulevard near the intersection of Omaha and West Boulevard. Specials on tools and supplies for woodworking will be featured throughout the Knecht Home Center as well. Additional information can be obtained from RCWA President Bob Buchanan at 348-2865 or Rick Weisbeck at 431-7375.  Photos of the group’s activities can be seen at

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