Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Preparation for next toy workshop

Drilled holes in 1" dowels for tugboat tugboats stacks ( 72).
Cut backboards (55) from beech cutoffs.
Routered a 1/16" deep grove in backboards ( 45) to help position hoop on backboard.
Sent emails to toy recipients requesting updates.
Sprayed lacquer on 119 toys + 120 wheels (2" ) for whales.
Put turtle banks (16) in car to take to Rick for SS SIG on Thursday at 7 pm.
Put backboards (55) in car for Ken M. on Thursday at SS SIG.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sunday, September 2, 2018


Just a reminder that we will be meeting every Saturday Morning from 9 am to noon at the Club for Boys Shop starting Saturday September 8, 2018, until we complete the Toys for this year's toy program.  Hope to see you there!


List of Activities planned for today's Workshop:
1. Install wheels (4 wheel type)
2. Tugboat Parts – sand and router
3. Critters – cut to shape
4. Critters – router edges
5. Airplanes – two wheels + wings - final build
6. Helicopters – rotors + wheels - final build
7. Tracing - as needed
Attendees (23):  Darwin and Lauree, Danny and Mary, Al, Rick, Ed, Brian, Gloria, Frank, Don, Jerry H, Bel, Ralph, Julian, Bob and Kathie, Harley, Gary, Paul, Grant, Denny, and Lon
· Cutting toys to shape on scroll saws (Ed, Darwin)
· Routering critters with dremel style routers
· Hand sanding after sealer:  (Paul, Don, Gloria, Al)
· Wheel installation on toys (Julian, Harley, Bel, Ralph and Lon)
· Sanding and routering toys (Mary, Danny)
· Inventory and Storage (Lauree)

Photos from the workshop:

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RCWA Summer Family Picnic 8-25-2018

Saturday August 25th, 2018
3 pm to 8 pm Family Potluck Picnic at Bob and Kathie's house.

It was a beautiful day for a picnic out in the front yard - around 75 degrees at game time.

The crowd included 32 family and friends of members of the Rapid City Woodworkers Association, who all enjoyed a super potluck meal with some wildfire smoke, but without rain, wind, or bugs.  Activities included setup, corn hole/bean bag games, chatting, eating, talking, chatting, cleanup, and a quick shop/garage tour as well.

Attendees (32) included:  Harley Schmadeke, Rollie and Norma Lynde, Lon and Vicky Gose, Jerry Norsen and friend, Gloria and Ed Pike, Frank DeCaesare, Jerry and Patsy Hood, Wes and Kathy Murphy, Ken and Carol Maron, Larry and Linda Deibert,  Al and Jeri Oines, Grant and Mary Coffin, Ralph and Bert Brethauer,  Darwin and Lauree Buus, Danny and Mary Green,  Richard and Margaret Rasmussen, and Bob and Kathie Buchanan.

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Friday, August 24, 2018

Community Event: August 18th, 2018 Sturgis Threshing Bee - 9 am to 3 pm

Sturgis Threshing Bee 50th Anniversary

RCWA Support of a Community Event
This event is hosted by the Sturgis & Meade County Historical Society and the Western Dakota Antique Club.
(Requested by Leo Heindel.)
50th Annual Black Hills Steam and Gas Threshing Bee
Date: Saturday August 18, 2018
Time: Setup for Event by 9:00am – thru 3 pm
Location : Alkali Road, Sturgis, South Dakota 57785
(Location is 1 mile east of Sturgis, past Buffalo Chip and across from the Sturgis Airport.)
Member Info:
Setup by 9:00 am
Bring your own chairs + water
Wear your red hat for admission
We will bring Vans for kids to color
We will put wheels on after Kids color the vans
Race track will be available
Bob will bring tables + vans + axles + wheels + toymaking kit + race track.


Attendees (12):
Rick W, Rollie, Al, Ed, Brian, Gloria, Bob and Kathie, Harley, John Wolf, Lauree and Darwin

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Community Event: August 18th, 2018 Our Redeemer Lutheran Church - 10 am to 1 pm

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Monday, July 30, 2018

Toy Workshop 7-28-2018 (TWS2018-12)

Toy Workshop 7-28-2018

Today was a super summer day, so we setup sanders and routers in the parking lot and began.

Attendees (21):
Rick W and Paul W, Rollie, Paul D, Don, Danny and Mary, Al, Ed, Brian, Gloria, Ken, Bob and Kathie, Harley, Lauree and Darwin, Ralph, Julian, Richard, and Mary Jo.

      Routering critters with dremel routers (1/8" roundovers) (Ed)
      Drilling Give away vans (Mary and Darwin)
      Hand sanding after sealer:  (Kathie, Mary Jo, Don, Gloria)
      Wheel installation on toys (Harley, Julian, Richard, Ralph)
      Sanding and routering toys (Danny, Ken)
      Building Airplanes (Rick and brother Paul)
      Building Helicopters (Al)
      Building Paddles with wooden Ball and Strings (Rollie)
      Inventory and Storage (Lauree)

Toymaking Status:

At the end of the workshop, we had six boxes of toys ready to spray, and eight boxes awaiting the same operation in Bob's garage.    A small number of airplane wings need to be sprayed as well.

We prepared 241 toys for inventory today.  We currently have 1,043 toys in inventory.  We anticipate receiving requests for approximately 2,400 toys. 

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Scroll Saw SIG - July 19th, 2018

Tonight's discussions centered on Rick's recent motorcycle trip to Indianapolis and points nearby.

Attendees included  Ken, Darwin, Rick, Danny, Bob and Kathie.

Boxes were exchanged and sorted after an inventory of current toys was conducted by Rick.  New inventory was moved upstairs for the 2018 toy program.  Basket ball game stock was passed to Ken for building backboards and assembling launchers to basketball game bases.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

RCWA Members Assist CFB with Pinewood Derby July 16-20, 2018


Just wanted to summarize the dates/times reserved for the CFB Pinewood Derby Assist - we will be helping build the race cars.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday from 9 am to 1 pm
Friday - 10:30 am to 12 noon

Please come to the blue doors - if they are locked, come around to the front doors and make your way to the Shop.

Come as you can.  Lyn is the Shop Super during this event.  Carri is the backup.  Thanks.  Bob B

    Monday - Jerry Hood, Bob and Kathie Buchanan
    Tuesday - Harley Paulson, Bob and Kathie Buchanan
    Thursday - Jerry Hood, Harley Paulson, Bob and Kathie Buchanan
    Friday - Paul Douglas, Bob and Kathie Buchanan

By Friday, 108 race cars had been started,  and 82 were built, painted, and ready for the races next week.   A test track was used to ensure that all cars would fit on the race track on race day.  

Lyn and the kids made a card to tell us that they appreciated the efforts we put forth to make their Pinewood Derby a success.  

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