Sunday, October 29, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-28-2017


Another cool Saturday morning, after all, it is the end of October.  Today was the final day of our Toy Making Marathon at our Toy Workshops at the shop at the Club for Boys.  There are a few toys still being worked at Rick's shop today, but our work at the larger workshop is done.  We finished a half dozen toys to complete the majority of the toys for 2017.  We also worked on Love Bugs, and some toys for next year.

Attendees (22):   Danny and Mary Green, Ken Maron and Rick Weisbeck (in  Rick's shop), Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Lauree and Darwin Buus,  Paul Douglas, Ralph Brethauer, Richard Rasmussen, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Grant Coffin, Don Roberts, Al Oines, Lon Gose, Frank DiCesare, Bel Felix, Chris, and Tom L.

Activities:
During the past week the a large number of Love Bugs (140) were sanded, sealed, and final sprayed.  So today, Love Bugs, Crayon Whales, and a few miscellaneous toys that were recovered from Gary Grave's ICU exercises, were fitted with wheels and packed for inventory.  Fifteen toys were boxed up for inventory.  Love Bugs were also taken to Rick's, but were not counted in the inventory.

Rick's crew at his shop worked on Rocking Chairs and Turtle Banks.  48 Turtle banks were packed and moved to inventory.

Other activities today included preparation of toys for next year's Christmas giving, and included installing launchers on basketball game bases, and fitting a dozen trucks with tanks.

Also today in preparation for next year, wood donations from Jeremy Olson the drummer were brought to the workshop.  Patterns for truck cabs and trailers were traced onto 2x4 pine and 2x6 redwood.

The 1x6 pine retrieved from the Hill City Sawmill last summer was also brought to the workshop.  Patterns for the hulls of the tugboats were traced on the 1x6 pine.

Items traced today were cut down to individual blanks with Lon's miter saw, and packed in boxes.

In the maintenance department today, Grant and Rollie made a zero-clearance top for one of our router tables using Plexiglas to make it easier and safer to do end-grain routing of tanks for tanker trucks, and other tasks on small pieces with the router.

Toys packaged for Inventory today: 63                    Subtotal to date:    2,391



The Toymaking Workshop Marathon which began on Sept 9th, 2017, was held every Saturday morning from 9 to noon at the Shop at the Club for Boys.  As of Oct 28, 2017, we will no longer be holding scheduled workshops for 2017.  We have a small number of toys yet to build in home shops, but are very close to the end of our toymaking for 2017.  

So, we will be packing and delivering toys on Saturday morning Dec 2, 2017 at 9 am for our Toy Program Christmas Giving.  Watch for further announcements and details.


Photos from today's Toy Workshop:






















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Toys packaged for Inventory today: 63                    Subtotal to date:    2,391

(Note:  this count does not include Love Bugs)


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Saturday, October 21, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-21-2017


Today was the coolest day for the second week in a row.  It was 84 degrees on Friday, but just over 49 degrees at 7 am.  Today was a finish and clean up day:  We worked on tugboats, basketball games, airplanes and cup and ball games.






Attendees (20):   Danny and Mary Green and Rick Weisbeck (in  Rick's shop), Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Jerry Hood, Lauree and Darwin Buus,  Harley Schmadeke, Paul Douglas, Ken Maron, Richard Rasmussen, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Mary Jo Anderson, Don Roberts, Julian Wigen, Al Oines, Lon Gose, and Steve Larson.




Activities:
During the past week the last group of tugboats (30) were sprayed.  So today, they needed to be sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper today.  Also this week, basketball backboard/hoop subassemblies were sprayed with clear gloss lacquer.  They were now ready to be installed om the base subassemblies.  And lastly, cup and ball cups and handles were sprayed this week, leaving only ball and strings to be attached for completion.








Critters in bags:  On Friday 10-20-2017, a group of members (Mary Jo Anderson, Mary Green, Carol Maron and Kathie Buchanan) met to organize all critters and put them into bags.  Approximately 860 critters were placed in 86 hand made cotton bags for moving to inventory today.)












Details:
   Critters:  are now done.   Seventeen boxes containing 86 bags were moved from Bob's truck to Ken's truck for transportation to the storage facility in Black Hawk.







Love Bugs:  the Greens brought about 50 bugs in ready for seal, sand, finish, and wheels.  Don Roberts returned about 100 bugs cut to shape.  Paul Douglas took home those 100 bugs to drill, sand, and router. 


Tugboats (30):  Hand sanded the completed and final finished tugboats with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper, to be ready for packing, storing and inventory.


Basketball games:  Attach backboard/hoops to post of the bases with glue.  Add two spoons and pack them in boxes ready for inventory.


Cup and Ball Games:  The games were final sprayed this week.  Ball/strings were attached to the game today, and then packed in zip-lock bags for packing in boxes for inventory.


Airplanes:  A few airplane fuselages survived a period of time in ICU and were assembled with wheels and wings today.


Inventory of completed toys: count/label/record/box up/transport


Toys packaged for Inventory today: 312                    Subtotal to date:    2,328

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Photos from today's Toy Workshop:






Hand-sanding Tugboats



Final assembly steps for Basketball games



A few more airplanes were assembled today.



Cup and Ball Games final assembly.


Wheels on Airplanes before attaching wings.


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 Jerry demonstrates the technique for installing backboard to post.


About 29 boxes ready for inventory!


Yes, Rick wins today!!!
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Special Project for Club for Boys Library


On Thursday, the Scroll Saw Special Interest Group cut out the templates that will be used to trace the words:  IMAGINE, LEARN, EXPLORE, DISCOVER.  These letters will be painted by volunteers at the Club for Boys, and placed on the walls of the library.


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The templates were used to trace the letters on 1x12 pine for cutting to final shapes.









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Thursday, October 19, 2017

SS SIG - 10-19-2019

Tonight we discussed tips and techniques of Scrollsawing.





We started working on a project for the library at the Club for Boys.  The final product will be letters to hang on the walls of the library.  Tonight We cut templates for letters including:  LEARN, EXPLORE, DISCOVER, and IMAGINE.


Rollie shared an eagle project that he just finished. 








Rick showed his 3-D Christmas trees, and other Christmas ornaments and encouraged us all to start cutting our ornaments for the Christmas Potluck coming up on Dec 11th..


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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Toy Workshop 10-14-2017

Toy Workshop 10-14-2017


Today was the coolest day of the week, just over 39 degrees at 7 am, with some funky soft hail with thunder and lightning, so we moved routers and sanders inside.  Today was a themed day:  GAMES.  We worked on tugboats, basketball games, and cup and ball games.



Attendees (24):   Danny and Mary Green, Bob and Kathie Buchanan, Grant Coffin, Jerry Hood, Ralph Brethauer, Rick Weisbeck (in  home shop), Gary Graves, Lauree and Darwin Buus, Rick Braband,  Harley Schmadeke, Jerry Nordine, Paul Douglas, Ken Maron, Richard Rasmussen, Bel Felix, Ed Pike, Rollie Lynde, Mary Jo Anderson, Don Roberts, Julian Wigen, and  Al Oines.

Activities:
During the past week the first group of tugboats (85) were sprayed.  They needed to be sanded with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper today.  The remainder of the tugboats (30) were assembled today.  They will need a final spray finish applied this week.  This week, basketball bases were fitted with 1/2 " dowel posts and sprayed with clear gloss lacquer.  They were now ready for strings to be installed.  Backboards were routered last week and needed some minor sanding on the corners.  Then the hoops could be glued to them.

Details:
   Critters:
       Sand flat sides with stationary belt sander
   Love Bugs:
       Two boxes of traced bugs (over 200) were  taken to home shops for cutting
   Tugboats (30):
        Routering - tugboat hulls and cabins
        Sanding - tugboat cabins with Rigid Sander
        Hand sanding  - tops of Stacks and corners of cabins
        Attach cabins to hulls with screws and glue
        Install pegs (aka rope ties)(red) into hulls using 3/16" thick spacers
        Glue and install stacks into cabins
        Glue stacks (1" dowels) into cabins
  Basketball games:
        Attach launchers to bases with glue and a screw
        Sand edges of backboards
        Glue hoops to backboards
        Drill pilot holes in hoops
        Install two screws thru backboards into hoops
        Install string/ball assemblies into basketball bases.
  Cup and Ball Games
       The games were turned by Grant during this past week
        Holes were drilled for the string/ball assemblies, and the handles glued in place.
        They will be final sprayed this week.
  Inventory of completed toys: count/label/record/box up/transport

Photos from today's Toy Workshop:

Busy bees preparing backboards/hoops, bases, tugboats, and miscellaneous parts.

Danny and Ken sanding and routering small parts for tugboats and critters.

Hand sanding operations to the left, tugboats and basketball games to the right.

Al aligned hoops on the groove in the backboards and gluing in place.

Harley and Julian switched from final wheel toy assembly to building tugboats.

Danny donned protective eyewear to ward off miscellaneous rockets from the router man.

The router man...

More hand sanding operations in the side room.

Paul and Richard worked on sanding the corners smooth on the backboards before attaching the hoops.


Mary Jo and Kathie used 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper to make the tugboats nice and smooth.


Items to do this week:
  1. Spray backboards (108)
  2. Spray cup and ball games (29)
  3. Spray tugboats (29)
  4. Prepare ICU items from Gary Graves for final spray.
  5. Cabins for next year - drill 1" angled hole while drill press is still setup
  6. Prepare critters for bags - dust and sort
  7. Bag the critters
  8. Seal/spray ICU items (may include some airplanes).
Items to do next Saturday at Workshop:
  1. Assemble basketball games and package with spoons and instructions.
  2. Hand sand tugboats with 400 grit wet/dry sandpaper
  3. Assemble cup and ball games with string/ball assemblies.
  4. Inventory and pack up finished toys:  critters, tugboats, basketball games.
  5. Install wheels on any completed ICU items (may include some airplanes).



Mrs. Butterworth boxes

Critters ready to dusted and sorted.


Forecast for next week:
Looks to be a great week for finishing toys.



Toys packaged for Inventory today: 156            Subtotal to date:    2,152
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