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Website Software Upgrades

We are currently in the midst of upgrading the VWC Website with the latest versions.

During this time, approximately 2 weeks, you may notice that some links and functions are not operating.  Please be patient with us and check back again.  We are dilligently working on the issues.

If you have any questions pleae contact the webmaster at vwcWebMaster@outlook.com . .

 
New Thickness Planer Installed

The club has recently purchased and installed a new thickness planer.  This planer is electronically controlled.

The instructions for its correct operation are shown on a link on this website under Out Shop labeled as New Thickness Planer.

 
New Site Features - Members Lounge

We have added some new features to the Member's Lounge area.  First, you will see special notices to our members.  Secondly, you will notice that a new communication capability has been added with the Member Directory.

See the instructions and features at Members Lounge .

 
Visit the Media Gallery
Pictures of member-made projects are available for viewing and download by selecting the Media Gallery tab and then making a selection of the gallery you are interested in.  To all of the pictures in a gallery, select any picture and then the View Larger button.  The software will display all pictures in a slide show.  To return to the gallery display, simply click on the background outside of the enlarged picture.  
Shop Monitor Information

The most recent Shop Monitor information and training dates are posted on this website.

Also, you can now view the Shop Monitor training video on this website.

Select this link to view: Shop Monitor Information

 
New Equipment Operating Instructions

The VWC prepares videos describing new procedures and operating instruction overviews for new equipment.  These videos are presented on our website on our New Equipment page.

Just Added.... Use of the Crosscut Sled Accessory and Use of the Kreg Pocket Hole Jig....

 
Certification Training Videos Available
The certification videos which server as a refresher for you on how to perform basic operations on our shop equipment have been posted at Member Certification. 

Another Way to Help the VWC

The club has initiated another way to help support Club activities:  Whenever you purchase items from Amazon, use the browser access of http://www.smile.amazon.com.  This is a charitable arm of Amazon, Inc.  You can register your selection of a charity by indicating that a portion (0.5%) of each purchase is credited to The Villages Workers Club, at no additional cost to you!  It is the same as free money to support the Club's various activities, such as building toys for needy children, Urns for Veterans project, Canes for Veterans project and other of the charitable club activities.

The selection of a charity is as easy as 1-2-3 as shown on this page---- Smile Amazon Charity Selection.

2017 Dues

Dues for 2017 are $55.  Payment of 2017 dues will begin on October 17, 2016, at the front desk. 

When paying dues, you will need your Villages ID.  You will also be selecting your three 2017 monitor dates, so bring your calendars with you.  We accept cash and checks for payment; we do not take credit cards.  You will also verify your personal information and make changes if necessary (phone, email, emergency information, etc.).

If you must have a TOOL CRIB assignment, because of a medical reason, please come in early to pay your dues.   Tool crib assignments cannot be guaranteed – it’s up to you to get in early.

If dues are not paid by December 31, 2016 you will be given a grace period until January 31, 2017 to pay your dues.  HOWEVER, you will not be able to use the shop in January until your dues have been paid.

Signing of new Villages and VWC waivers required

As of October 1, 2016 all members will be required to sign a new Villages waiver and the VWC amendment to the Villages waiver.  These waivers are effective from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2017.

You will not be allowed to enter the shop until the waiver has been signed.

Welcome To Our Club

Welcome to The Villages Woodworkers Club (affectionately known as VWC).  Let me give you a little history about how we came to be and to what we have evolved.

 A little more than a decade ago, some Villagers, who had brought some of their personal equipment with them when they moved here, gathered and came up with a plan to make some wooden toys for needy children for Christmas.  They set a goal to make 50 toys - cutting out the pieces in one garage, sanding them in another, assembling in a third place and coming together as the best of Christmas elves could.  Word of their work got out and soon they had requests from groups also looking to make a child’s Christmas nicer.  In the end they produced 142 toys that Christmas.

And so an idea was born –Recognizing that a woodworkers club would be ideal, the “elves” sought out the data to propose the idea of a club to The Villages.  They traveled to see other clubs, collected info on the equipment needed, estimated the number of residents that might be interested and the money needed to get it all started.  They then approached The Villages developer, Gary Morse, with the plan.  Obviously they’d done a good job because Mr. Morse accepted the plan, expanded it, identified a site, equipped the building and turned it over to the “founders” as a Villages Club.

The Club was established; the by-laws were written; the officers were identified; the procedures were decided and the doors were opened for Villagers to “make sawdust”!

A decade later, we are a vibrant, active part of The Villages.  Today we have over 850 members.  We are focused on three disciplines: 1) general woodworking which incorporates most common equipment and covers making everything from a small box to an entertainment center or a bedroom suite; 2) turning which involves work one of 11 lathes and covers making pens, bowls, salt and pepper mills, spindles etc.; and 3) carving which covers primitive carving, chip carving, caricatures, and birds so real they look as if they could fly away!  In each of those fields we have rank amateurs to masters of their art.

On the altruistic, civic side, we devote some of our time to giving back to the community in which we reside.  1) Back to the toys – the “elves” now working six days a week all year long, make approximately 6000 toys a year for needy children in the area. 2) The turners and carvers unite to create personalized Eagle Head canes for any Florida soldier wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan in thanks for his/her contribution to our country.  3) The general woodworking area builds burial urns for indigent veterans such that families who do not have the means to bury their son/daughter/father/mother can do so with dignity.  4) A small group devoted to “special efforts” accepts pieces that need fixing, such chairs, tables etc.  There is only a charge for the material.  Any donation towards the labor is appreciated.

To expand expertise and satisfy that need to learn, we have established classes to train members in the different disciplines.  The classes range from very elementary to levels of mastery.  All are taught by members and cost a mere $10 for the “education part” plus whatever the material costs.

Having mentioned “materials”, it is nice to know that the Club has established a climate-controlled wood shed making most common woods and some exotics available for very reasonable cost.  Additionally, a member need not own any tools (unless he or she chooses to).  All tools are available within the Shop for use in the Shop.

Does it sound like a dream come true? Well, we know that we are prejudiced, but we think so!  Our one-time initiation fee is very reasonable and our yearly dues are ridiculously low!

Want to know more?  Stop by and see us at 704 Oak St, just off Rolling Acres.  We’re pretty sure you’ll be impressed and just might want to join us all in “making VWC sawdust”!

 

Club Announcements

Meeting Notices

There will be NO general meeting during December 2017.  However, remember to purchase your tickets to the Sixth Annual Col. Knie Christmas Party being held on Saturday, December 10 at the Savannah Center.

The next general meeting of the club will be January 10, 2017 at the Laurel Manor Recreation Center, Starting at 7:00PM.  

The next Turners Group meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15  starting at 7:00 PM in the shop.

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