The youngest member of the DuPage Woodworkers, 11-year-old Will Richards of Wheaton, demonstrates his skill on a scroll saw at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware store in Schaumburg as fellow member Milford Lau looks on. Working on some of the more than 1,500 toys the DuPage Woodworkers are making for needy children, club president Bill Hochmuth of Glen Ellyn says the group is growing. Because of the government's strict new safety guidelines for toys, members of the DuPage Woodworkers are using bare wood and animal glue to make the more than 1,500 toys they plan to donate to needy children this year. This box of wooden cars and trucks contains just some of the more than 1,500 wooden toys the DuPage Woodworkers are making to donate to needy children. A few years ago, the DuPage Woodworkers club decided to do something nice by making handcrafted wooden toys for needy children.
Club members embraced the challenge, and this year expect to donate more than 1,500 well-made wooden toys, says Anderson, 81, the DuPage Woodworkers toy czar. The club, which features some highly accomplished professionals who have had work displayed in Fine Woodworking magazine, brings in experts from all over to host seminars and answer questions, and has a mentoring program.


But member Will Richards, an 11-year-old fifth-grader at Longfellow Elementary School in Wheaton, has been a woodworker since his grandfather, Harry Fischer, showed him how to operate a scroll saw two years ago. Club members "are so good to him; they've really embraced him," says Eleanore Richards, Will's mom. The club, with the motto of Learning By Sharing, meets the fourth Wednesday of every month (except July, when they host an auction) at St.
If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. The number of must-have iThings exploded, and the glut of electronic gadgets often overwhelmed the idea of a simple wooden toy. He started building things as a hobby when he was a kid in Brooklyn who inherited his grandfather's woodworking tools. On top of that, stories of unsafe toys from China and elsewhere with lead paint and other toxic and dangerous materials led to a U.S.


8 will be too late to affect this year's toy drive but should allow woodworkers next year to use different glues and "jazz up" toys with approved paint, says Johnson, who's making 16 tanker trucks for this year's donation.
The church donates the space and the club repays the favor by making signs, music stands and other wooden objects for the church.
Consumer Product Safety Commission crackdown and new bureaucratic rules and testing mandates that threatened to kill the toy donation effort.



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