Sunday, November 27, 2016

Upcoming Events for December 2016

December 3, 2016:  Toy Packing Day
     8:30 AM -  those with trucks, meet at Rick's Shop to load toys into trucks - approximately 135 boxes.
     8:30  AM  - everyone else, meet at the CLUB FOR BOYS Shop to set up tables in the kitchen area in preparation for the arrival of the trucks bearing toys.  Bring boxes, sharpies, tape dispensers, hand trucks, or utility carts, and tennis shoes.

     9:00 AM - Arrange toys in order, discuss the process, then begin filling TOY PICK LISTS and packing toys for distribution into 25 groups with 22 different types of toys.  Toys will be delivered to some groups on the same day.  The rest of the toys will be delivered on Tuesday Dec 6th, 2016.

List of Groups Receiving Toys for 2016
Youth and Family Services - Prenatal to Five Headstart Program
     PLAZA - Rural Early HS
     PLAZA - Rural HS
     PLAZA - Child Development
     PLAZA - RC HV
     PLAZA - RC HS
     MONROE - Child Development
     ADAMS - Early HS
     ADAMS - Child Development
     SEDIVY - EARLY HS Child Development
Airmen and Family Readiness Center - 1 and 2
Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity
The Club for Boys
Cheyenne River Youth Project
SD Family Assistance Center - 155th En Co
EAFB Youth Programs - 1 and 2
Working Against Violence Inc - 1 and 2

December 6, 2016  Distribution/Delivery of Toys
     8:30 am - meet at the Club for Boys to load toys for Youth and Family Services
     9:00 am - meet at the Youth and Family Services offices off Deadwood Ave to delivery toys 

December 12, 2016 - RCWA Family Christmas Potluck
     6:00 PM - 8 PM - meet at the Club for Boys - at the location of the former Thrift Store across from the Journey Museum.


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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Mini-Workshops at Rick's Shop on Nov 12 and Nov 19 and Nov 26 (TWS2016-20 & TWS2016-21)

Nov 12 - Worked on Rocking Chairs at Rick's Shop - routering and assembling.  Also assembled turtle banks with plexiglass, then packed and put them in inventory:  45.

Nov 19 - Continued working on Rocking Chairs at Rick's Shop - sanding, and assembling

Nov 23 - Applied Poly Rub finish to rocking Chairs at Bob 's Shop

Nov 26 - Rocking Chairs:  Pack and inventory:  39

Nov 26 - Drill tractor axle holes, sand bodies, glue on axle supports.  Spray on finish.

Nov 27 - Install front wheels and rear wheels.  Pack and inventory:  104.


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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Scroll Saw Special Interest Group - SS SIG - Cancelled for Nov 17, 2016

Due to the first SNOW of the season - the Scroll Saw SIG meeting at Ricks for tonight - is cancelled.  Thanks.  Bob B

Ladies Night at Knecht Home Center - Nov 15, 2016

Attendees:  Danny and Mary Green, Lon Gose, Grant Coffin, Frank DiCesare and Rick Weisbeck.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Next General Meeting Nov 14th - Agenda

The next General Meeting of the RCWA will be on Monday Nov 14th at 7 pm at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City, SD.  The agenda for the upcoming meeting is as follows:

1.                   Guests/new members
2.                   Treasurer’s Report- Reminder about Dues – $25/year
3.                   Sign-in / Email / Newsletter check/Blog is Available
4.                   Upcoming Events
a.       Nov 2016 General Meeting – Monday Nov 14th – at 7 pm at 910 Wood Ave
b.       SS SIG – Thursday Nov 17th – Rick Weisbeck’s Shop – 7 pm
c.       Toymaking Marathon (9 weekly workshops in a row to date) – almost completed on Nov 5th
d.       Toy Packing/DistributionSaturday Dec 3rd, 2016
                                                                                                               i.      Bring your truck to Rick’s Shop at 8:30 am to down-load the toys
                                                                                                             ii.      Meet at the Club for Boys Shop at 9:00 am to up-load the toys
                                                                                                            iii.      We will pack toys in the cafeteria area – bring your empty boxes
                                                                                                           iv.      We need about 20 empty boxes to get started – plan to pack ~ 100 boxes.
e.       Christmas Potluck – Dec 12th at The Club for Boys
5.                   Next Month’s General Meeting – Christmas Family Potluck Dinner
a.       Date:  Dec 12th – at 6 pm at Club for Boys – same place as last year
b.       Location:  Erickson Bldg - former Thrift Shop bldg – across from the Journey Museum
c.       Refreshments Person(s):  Everybody – see Potluck Sign-up Sheet
6.                   Events since last meeting (Report/Feedback/Discussion)
a.       Toymaking Workshops –Oct 15, 22, 29, and Nov 5
7.                   Toy Program Status
a.       Toymaking Marathon – almost done – no more official workshops this year – watch email for January workshops
b.       Toys Completed (11-5-2016):  2,194 toys (goal was 2,000)
c.       Toy to complete – turtle banks, rocking chairs, tractors
d.       Next Toy Workshop:  by appointment only – call Rick to see if he needs help
e.       Confirmation (that we will deliver toys to recipients) will be sent soon. 
f.        Delivery of toys to YFS will be the week after the Toy Packing Day – will confirm exact time and date soon.
8.                   Woodworking Display Cases –one Display Case is set up in lobby of Dakota Star Credit Union - 3122 W Saint Louis St, Rapid City, SD 57702; the other display is now in the window of the AARP office at the Rushmore Mall – near the south entrance sign marked Herbergers,
9.                   Wood Recovery Project – Black Walnut Tree has been milled and fully distributed.
10.               Future Discussions
11.               SHOW and TELL:

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Friday, November 4, 2016

2016 Toy Making Marathon - Week 9 - Nov 5, 2016

Toy Workshop 11-5-2016 at CFB Shop – 9 to noon

Attendees (17):  Jerry Hood, Al Oines, Ed Pike, Danny and Mary Green, Rollie Lynde, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Lon Gose, Richard Rasmussen,  Julian Wigen, Paul Douglas, Gary Graves, Grant Coffin, Darwin and Lauree Buus, and Rick Weisbeck.

Tasks to prepare for workshop:
  1. Final spray on tugboats.  Bring to workshop to package, and inventory.
  2. Final spray on first group of Cup and Ball Games.  Bring to workshop to package, and inventory.
  3. Cut parts for Rockers.  Drill pilot holes, and assemble. After assembly, Seal, Sand, and Spray final.  Package and inventory. 
  4. Cut plastic circles for the elusive Turtle Banks. After assembly, package and inventory.
  5. Prepare Basketball Hoops for assembly with backboards. Glue hoops to Backboards. After assembly, spray final. Bring to workshop to install screws, and attach to base assemblies. Attach two spoons and game instruction sheet to each game, then package and inventory.  
  6. Make remaining Cup and Ball games.  Spray finish, then attach ball/string, package in bags, then boxes, and inventory.
  7. Make remaining spindles for Ring Toss Games.  Apply a finish.  Bring to workshop to attach ring/string, package in bags, and inventory.
Tasks accomplished at this workshop:
  1. Wheels and rotors were installed on comic helicopters (7).  Comic Helicopters were packed and inventoried. 
  2. Wheels were added to toys just coming out of ICU.
  3. Tugboats were packed and inventoried (103).
  4. Pickup trucks were packed and inventoried (6).
  5. Ring Toss sticks were drilled;  string/ball assemblies were added; the ring toss games were packaged in ziplock bags, packed and inventoried (63).
  6. Cup and ball games were finished, packed and inventoried (31).
  7. Turtle banks were packed and inventoried (5).
  8. Basketball Games (99) were worked as follows: 
                  a.  Basketball hoops were secured to backboards with screws. 
                  b.  Hoop/backboard assemblies were attached to posts on bases assemblies with glue. 
                  c.  Completed basketball games were packaged with two spoons and an instruction sheet.

This year we are including a Basketball Game information sheet with each basketball game, as follows:

Show and Tell - Ed Pike - Sunflower Intarsia

Packing and Inventory

Drilling String Holes in Ring Toss Games

Final Adjustment on  Wendy's Spoons

Securing Basketball Hoop to Backboards with screws

Basketball Game Post Fine Tuning

Wheeled Toys Assembly - Final Build

Cup and Ball Final Assembly

Basketball Game Final Assembly

Comic Helicopters Final Build

Sticks for Ring Toss Game

Toy Program Status. 

Toys completed and already in inventory at the beginning of the workshop:  1,875.  There were 319 toys moved to inventory after this workshop, bringing the total completed to: 2,194.

Tasks to complete for 2016 Toy Making Marathon:
  1. Rockers.  Drill pilot holes, and assemble.  After assembly, Seal, Sand, and Spray final.  Package and inventory. 
  2. Make plastic circles for the elusive Turtle Banks.  Attach circles to turtle with brass nails, then package and inventory.
  3. Tractors - assemble, package and inventory.


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