Sunday, March 29, 2015

Toy Workshop - CFB - Saturday March 28th, 2015

Reminder - we will be having a toy workshop on Saturday morning from 9 to noon at the shop at the Club for Boys.  Hope to see you there.  Bob B

Attendees (10):
Lon Gose, Al Oines, Richard Rasmussen, Rick Weisbeck, Kathie and Bob Buchanan, Rollie Lynde, Darwin and Lauree Buus, Grant Coffin.

Activities:
Rick Weisbeck cut turtle banks using his scrollsaw.  Al Oines drilled windows in wheeled vehicles.  Kathie traced dinosaur critters.  

Lon brought in two boxes of shaped and sanded busses and vans.  Rollie brought in over 300 shaped and sanded batman cars and several other wheeled vehicles.  Basketball parts for bases and backboards were cut by Rick and delivered to the workshop.  Lon completed over 50 paddle games and delivered them.

Lon loaded up two more boxes of blanks to work on.  Al took home two boxes of locomotives to work on at his shop.  Grant took home a few boxes of toys to cut.  Rollie brought home a few more boxes of critters to cut into smaller blanks.

Equipment failures - blown fuse in Dewalt Scrollsaw, and loose adjustment knob in the other Dewalt Scrollsaw slowed our progress slightly.

Bob Buchanan shared his new walking duck pattern and sample duck with the group.  We will need to locate some supplies including NEOPRENE for the ducks wings and feet.

The wheel requirements for 2015 were discussed and clarified at the workshop.  Bob will be ordering wheels in the upcoming week, so that we can start preparing them for assembly on wheeled vehicle body parts.

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Friday, March 27, 2015

Scroll Saw Special Interest Group (SS SIG) - March 19th, 2015


SS SIG on March 19th at Rick's shop. 

Topic will be 3D scrolling. I will set up blanks and patterns for giraffes. Every one liked the ones I brought and I hope to give anyone who comes a chance to try it.   Darwin said he would bring some other patterns. Should be a good time. Maybe crowded.  I will have two saws to play with.   Rick W.

Attendees:  Rick Weisbeck, Danny Green, Richard Rasmussen, and Ed Pike

Ed Pike shared a couple of his newest creations:  Motorcycle and Squirrel



 

Everyone left with a set of 3-d giraffes cut out during the evening.



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Toy Workshop/Toy Parts Exchange - Mar 16, 2015

Toy parts were exchanged and woodworking discussions held.



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Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 2015 General Meeting of the RCWA

March 9, 2015
The general meeting of the RCWA for March will be held on March 9, 2015 at 7 pm MDT at the Our Redeemer Lutheran Church at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City, SD.


Rick report:  Just got back from the meeting and things went well.

Richard has the Saw mill tour set up for the 22ND of April. 1PM - we need a 
list of people who will go, so they know how many guides they will need. 
Will need to get a count at the April meeting. Bell says she wants to go, but will 
not be at the Apr meeting.

We will have a toy exchange on Sat March 14Th 9AM. I will talk to Mark.
Next toy workshop on the 28Th. 

SS SIG on the 19Th of March at Rick's shop. Topic will be 3D scrolling. I will set up blanks and patterns for giraffes. Every one liked the ones I brought and I hope to 
give anyone who comes a chance to try it. Darwin said he would bring 
some other patterns. Should be a good time. Maybe crowded.
I will have two saws to play with. 

Richard said he would bring refreshments - we talked about give away and raffle stuff for the Show. It was suggested that we change up some things, like a Dump truck and other bigger toys for the raffle. Will need to talk more at April meeting - will need to set up Who is doing what for the Show. it is coming up fast.  Will set up the display case in April. Need people to 
bring in display items to the April meeting.  

CFB committee had a meeting after the meeting and they have most of a 
plan. It sounds good - need to work out details of when and how much time 
we have to  do this,  so still some work to do.

Wes wanted us to come up with a list of stuff for the tool sale in June, so we 
might want to put that in the agenda for the next meeting also.

Ed pike brought  a  HD intarsia - it was very nice. He had other things in 
his case that he had made for his store in Hill city. Lon got pictures.

Rick - Vice President.


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Marketing Trip to Find New Toy Designs

On Thursday March 5, 2015, I attended the monthly meeting of the Orange County Woodworkers Association in Tustin, CA.  There I gave a brief update to the CA group about happenings in the Rapid City Woodworkers Association.  The speaker for the evening was David A. Wade, a long time employee of Sam Maloof furniture company in Alto Loma, CA.  He shared a slideshow of some of his projects, along with tidbits of his experiences while working with Sam Maloof over a 25 year period.  The trio Mike, Larry, and Dave were the main woodworkers in Sam Maloof's shop for many years.  Many of his projects can be seen on his company website Wade Made.  The projects were both traditional as requested by customers, and some of his own "eclectic" items.



Members of the group presented several SHOW AND TELL items, one of which might be of interest to members of the RCWA.  Al Whitcraft from Huntington Beach, CA brought his latest rocking chair made in the Sam Maloof style.  This is his sixth rocker, but the first made from OSAGE ORANGE.  He harvested the osage orange in Alabama in 2005.  He has made several pieces of furniture from his truck load.  There was just enough wood left to build this rocker.  The rocker has one coat of finish in this picture, and will get several more.  The rocker is currently a yellow color, but within six months, depending on how much sunlight it receives, it will turn a medium brown color.



On Saturday, March 7, 2015, I attended the Toy Workshop on the Orange County Woodworkers
Association at Bill Rogers Shop in Anaheim, CA.  There were close to 40 people in attendance at the outdoor event.  The purpose of attending the event was to visit with old woodworker friends that I worked with from 2000 to 2007, as well as to get some ideas for new toys to build for the toy program in Rapid City.



Harvey Carr and Bob Perkins had some extra time during the morning, as the two air compressors they had planned to use to assemble the walking ducks were both inop.  They shared with me their techniques and patterns for building a walking duck, moved by a pushstick on the south end of the duck.  Rubber flaps are attached to the wheels to give the toy a most impressive flap flap flap sound as it is moved.






Bob Perkins had obtained a game similar to a marble game, and was researching it as a re-engineering project as a potential toy for 2016  Here's a video (sideways) of this toy in action:

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So it was a very worthwhile outing, as I am outfitted with all the patterns for the duck, as well as photos and sketches of the jigs used to build the parts.  Plus, I have Harvey's email address for any questions that come up as we get started.

I also looked into the possibility of making dolls for the cradles that we make in the Toy Program.  I received written instructions, as well as a sample doll, to show to the gifted seamstresses in our group.



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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Toy Workshop - Feb 28th, 2015

A toy workshop was held on Saturday Feb 28th, 2015 at the Shop in the Club for Boys in Rapid City, SD from 9 am to noon.  Several members attended, and exchanged boxes of traced toys for boxes of partially finished toys.  Woodworking tactics, techniques, and procedures were discussed as well.

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