- Design in Wood
- Member Shop
Our organization strives to serve the community in many ways. One example is our active toy making program in which our members create a large number of hand made wooden toys. We also provide plans and some parts for those who wish to make toys in their shop. These are distributed throughout the year to churches, hospitals, schools, shelters, and other non-profit facilities. In recent years our annual toy production and donations have averaged over 2,000 items. In addition to the toys we make memory boxes and cutout figures for pediatric patients at the Rady Children's Hospital. They color the cutouts and they get a box to store their supplies. This gives the kids something to do while waiting for treatment, plus they get a box for them to take home.
Another example is donating the 50 solid oak children's chairs produced in the traditional woodworking shop at the annual Design in Wood Exhibition at the San Diego County Fair. After construction, our members also spend hours finishing them with a hand rubbed oil finish. Then they are donated to worthy nonprofit social service organizations such as day care facilities, preschools, churches, public libraries, orphanages and hospitals. A set of four chairs and table are also constructed for a charity fund-raising auction. We have distributed more than 1700 chairs over the years.
From time to time we receive requests from the community to undertake woodworking projects. In recent years our members have built a play house for the Camp Pendleton Marine Base, display cases for the Design in Wood Exhibit and Palomar College and furnishings for the new San Diego Central Library. We have also just begun a project making commemorative plaques for the 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion.
An exhibit of high quality woodworking projects made by students from local high school programs and Palomar College is held at the San Diego County Fair. To support and encourage fine woodworking, each year San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association awards cash scholarships to exemplary high school and college woodworking students.
This is a small toy box we made for Rady Children's Hospital to hold toys they use as rewards for children undergoing treatment. It's made from solid cherry, and has soft-closing hinges to protect little fingers. It has received five coats of thinned oil-based polyurethane applied with a cloth, with wet sanding between coats using 400, then 600 and finally 800 grit wet or dry sandpaper and mineral spirits. It will be polished a couple of days after this final coat with Watco liquid wax.
Some of the organizations that receive toys made by SDFWA:Christ the King Church, San Diego
SAY San Diego, (6 offices that help families)
Episcopal Churches of San Diego
Presbyterian Church, Korean
Korean Baptist Church of San Diego
Korean Christian Church of San Marcos
Catholic Refugee Center, San Diego
Jewish Children Center, San Diego
Balboa Hospital Navy Center
Camp Pendleton Family Center
North Island Navy Center
Horizon Christian Childrens Ministry
St. Vincent De Paul Family Center
Catholic Charities of San Diego
San Diego Floral Association Balboa Park
Dept. of Pediatrics, Naval Medical Center
House of Peru, distribution for disaster relief
Foundation for the Children of CA
Waldorf School of San Diego
Congregation Beth Israel
San Diego Regional Center for speech & language disorders
Start Smart of San Diego, (6 separate offices)
Lakeside Christain Helps Center
California School Employees Association
Kyyper Preparatory School
North County Preschool
Childrens Museum, Encinitas
North City Preschool, Poway
Family Health Centers (ll centers in county)
House of David, Church of God
Rady Children's Hospital
A Child's Center of Wonder & Discovery
Nortre Dame Academy
San Diego Coalitian for the Homless
County of San Diego Health and Human Services
St. Clares Home, Escondido
Bayside Community Center serving North Central S.D.
Los Angeles orphanage, Tijuana, Mexico
El Cajon Fire Dept (serving 3 centers for children)
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