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Project by Dan Pleska posted 2341 days ago 3309 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year the woodworking club I belong to, Valley Woodworkers, makes about 300 toys and donates them to the local Salvation Army. These toys are then distributed to families that can’t afford them so that the kids will have something under the tree at Christmas. Part of that are these 108 doll cradles that were made in my shop. Other toys include child sized puzzle rocking chairs, small cars and trucks, pull toys and rocking horses. The Salvation Army puts a doll or bear in each cradle.

The kiln dried rough lumber for these toys is donated to us by several sawmills through the state Forestry Association. One of the pictures above shows about 200 bf of the 450 bf of Ash that it took for the cradles. After dimensioning the stock to 5/8” thick we use a host of templates and jigs to not only make the parts, but also assemble the cradles. Most all of the machinery is my shop was used, but the rounded over edges were done with pattern jigs on the shaper. It took two club members and myself about five weeks, working three days a week, to go from rough lumber to the 108 cradles in the above picture. It then took two days in another members shop that has a spray booth to give them two coats of pre-catalyzed lacquer, with a light sanding between coats. The finish is also donated by a local cabinet supply house. The blanket and pillow sets seen in the picture of the finished cradle are made and donated by spouses and others that want to contribute.

The club has been making and donating toys to the Salvation Army since the club was formed in 1991.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com





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Dan'um Style

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#1 posted 2341 days ago

awesome !!

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 2341 days ago

I can imadgine no greater gift, Wonderful work.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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Karson

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#3 posted 2341 days ago

Dan Here are our Mason-Dixon Woodworking Clubs toys.

Great job. Nice looking cradles.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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RonH

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#4 posted 2341 days ago

Being the father of 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters, I can say the little girls will absolutely love those. What a great job.

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#5 posted 2341 days ago

My hat is off to you!

God Bless.

-- Greatness is not found in possessions, power, position, or prestige. It is discovered in goodness, humility, service, and love.

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gene

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#6 posted 2341 days ago

Outstanding club project. This is a true endeavor of love, from all who were involved. I’d love to see the faces of the children.
God bless each and every one of you!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#7 posted 2341 days ago

wonderful gifts and great community spirit.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 2341 days ago

“it takes a village”—and your village has truly come together to help children.

Bless you.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 2341 days ago

What great gift for those under underprivileged children.

And they won’t have to worry about Lead poisoning.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#10 posted 2341 days ago

You go Dude!

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Max

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#11 posted 2341 days ago

What a great thing to do. I applaud yours and your clubs community envolvment. Nice looking cradles.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Dan Pleska

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#12 posted 2340 days ago

Thanks for all of your gracious comments. This project is truly a labor of love for those of us that participate.

-- Dan, West Virginia, http://www.danpleskaCreations.com

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#13 posted 2340 days ago

This is truely an awesome great job my hat is off , I’m going to be doing the holiday shop (santa’s work shop) for a few of the local schools in my area ! I’m looking for ideas for fast , easy projects with little cost to make , so I can donate them for the under privileged childeren to give to their parents for the holidays (x-mas & such) . Childern of all walks of life also find joy in giving to their parents on the holidays , It gives them a sense of pride,and happyness! The school asks that I make sure that it would be something of a non-religious background for all cultures! Thank you !

-- I love this site !

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#14 posted 2340 days ago

Excellent community service project. Glad to see that volunteerism is still alive.

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#15 posted 2340 days ago

What an awesome project! You make me proud to be a West Virginian!

-- jerryw-wva.

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