Sunday, November 19, 2017

Wood Recovery 11-19-2017

We got a call from Mark at the tree lot this afternoon saying he had a pallet of some nice clean short 2x4s at the tree lot that he got with the tree delivery and were extras.  Could we use them?  I called Danny who jumped in the big blue truck and headed to town.  It was just like Mark said - a pallet full!  Thanks Mark for thinking of us!  Thanks Danny for picking it up and moving it to the barn!

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Mini Toy Workshop at Rock's Shop 11-18-2017

A mini-toy workshop was held today at Rick's shop to do the final steps to complete the toy Tractors.  One hundred and two tractors were completed and packed and moved to inventory.  Due to the size of the shop, attendance was limited. 

Attending today:  Rick Weisbeck, Ken Moran, Jerry Hood, Danny Green, and Bob and Kathie Buchanan.

Ken Moran showed off his prototype toy Dachshund.  The group decided this is a toy that should be added to the list for 2018 toys.

Toys left to finish for the 2017:  none.

Toys packaged for Inventory today: 105                    Subtotal to date:    2,535


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Friday, November 17, 2017

Scrollsaw Special Interest Group (SIG). 11-16-2017

Tonight's Scroll Saw Special Interest Group was held at Rick's Shop at 7 pm.  This was a working scrollsaw workshop with FIVE scrollsaws all fired up, with members cutting Christmas Ornaments and Christmas Trees in preparation for our December Family Christmas Potluck - planned for Dec 11th.  We will be decorating a tree as part of the event.

 Buffalo on Osage Orange

 Trees were made using a RELIEF CUTTING technique - the table was tilted 3 degrees down on the left side.  The patterns was cut starting on the right side, going counterclockwise.  When done, the pieces protrude forward from the piece it was cut from.


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Monday, November 13, 2017

General Meeting Nov 13, 2017

The Cutting Edge newsletter for Nov 2017 is now posted on the website:

Our General Meeting for November will be held Monday evening Nov 13th, at 910 Wood Ave from 7 pm to 9 pm.  Hope to see you there!  Bob B


Twenty four members of the Rapid City Woodworkers attended the November 13, 2017 General Meeting at 910 Wood Ave in Rapid City at 7 pm to 9 pm.



Jerry Hood 

Jerry Hood 

Milestone Exceeded in 2017:  Over 20,000 toys have been made and delivered to kids in the Black Hills since the beginning of the RCWA  in 2008.


Ed Pike


Ed Pike

Ed Pike

Ed Pike

Ed Pike


Rick Weisbeck

Agenda/Items Discussed:

1.                   Next Event:  SS SIG – Nov 16th , 2017 at Rick’s Shop
2.                   Next General Meeting – Annual Family Christmas Potluck Dinner – Dec 11th, 2017
a.       Date:  Dec 11 – 5 pm setup, eat at 6 pm at Club for Boys – Erickson Bldg across from The Journey
b.       Come at 5 pm to help decorate the tree – popcorn and cranberries and ornaments
c.       Signup sheet for food items
3.                  TOY PROGRAM
a.       Toy Requests received:  2,466, (includes National Guards but no response yet)
b.      Toys In Inventory:  2430 (11-5-2017) with 100 toys still in work.
4.                   Toy Packing DayDec 2, 2017
a.       Truck Drivers/Movers - Meet at Ricks with trucks at 8:00 am
b.       Setup at CFB - meet at CFB at 8:00 am to setup kitchen area for packing
c.       Things to bring:  Boxes, tape, tape dispensers, markers
5.                  Toy Distribution
a.       Dec 2nd   for Needs Free, Eagle Butte, Love Inc, BHAHFH, The Hope Center
b.    Dec 5th – meet at CFB at 8:15 am for 9 am delivery to YFS; afterwards, delivery any remaining boxes


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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Mini Toy Workshop at Rick's Shop 11-4-2017

Another cool Saturday morning, and an end of the year mini-toy workshop at Rick's shop.  Today, a small group met at Rick's to assemble the Rocking Chairs. 

Attendees (5):   Danny and Mary Green, Rick Weisbeck, and Bob and Kathie Buchanan, with a visit from Grant Coffin.

Last week, Rick and a small group sanded, milled, and drilled holes in the last few parts needed for the Rocking Chairs.  So today, the rocking chairs were assembled with glue and screws and finished on the edges with Poly Rub.  The rocking chair parts were cut in part on a CNC machine, and in part on Scroll Saws.  The parts were cut from pre-finished 1/2" birch.  Thirty-nine rocking chairs were completed and boxed up for inventory today.

Toys left to finish for the 2017 include approximately 100 toy tractors.

Toys packaged for Inventory today: 39                    Subtotal to date:    2,430

Here's our current inventory of toys, ready for distribution for the 2017 Toy Program.

Some interesting designs here in a couple of pieces of cherry:


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