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May Monthly Meeting
presentation by

Chris Gonso,
Indiana Division of Forestry

Indiana's Hardwood Resources

Chris Gonso will help members understand the State’s forest resource base and how standing timber goes from the woods to goods and products distributed around the world. 

Wed. May 18th, 7:00 PM
Carpenters' Union 301 Hall


Toys of the
 May, 2022:

The May Toy of the Month is another blast from the past, and a popular choice for members to make, the Rat Rod.  The Rat Rod is modeled from the hot rod of yesteryear.  It features two exhaust stacks and wide treaded wheels to give it the true feel of a hot rod car.


The Alternate Toy of the Month is the Wright Pencil Box, designed and submitted by CIWW member John Wright. No parts are needed for this simple but effective pencil box.

The kit for the Rat Rod with all the parts, the template and instructions  can be picked up at the Carpenter's Hall on meeting night or by contacting Mike Robards for more information at 317-416-9755.

The Rat Rod

Wright Pencil Box

Make 13 of these toys, keep one of each for yourself (or a grandchild!) and box up the other 12 for delivery. (Mark the box with the Rat Rod with 'Category 4' and the box with the Wright Pencil Box with 'Category 3' clearly labeled on the box.)

Rat Rod  


Wright Pencil Box  


Toys of the
 April, 2022:

Once again for April, there are two Toys for the Month.  The first is the Fishy Treasure Box. This box has a lid that pivots back to reveal a place for kids to store their special treasures.  

The second option is the popular Baby Doll Bed which is always well received.  (Blankets are available to go with the finished beds.) Whichever you choose to make--perhaps both--these will be very popular with the kids we serve.

The kit with all the parts, the template and instructions for the Fishy Treasure Box can be picked up at the Carpenter's Hall on meeting night or by contacting Mike Robards for more information at 317-416-9755.

Fishy Treasure Box

Baby Doll Bed

So plan to make 13 of these toys of the month, keep one of each for yourself (or a grandchild!) and box up the other 12 for delivery at some point in the near future. (Mark the box with the Fishy Treasure Boxes with 'Category 3' and the Baby Doll Bed boxes with 'Category 6' clearly labeled on the box.)

Fishy Treasure Box   


Baby Doll Bed   


Pick & Pack a Big Success!!

Thanks to all who showed up and helped at the 2021 Pick & Pack.  It was a big success and we are grateful for all who joined to help us make a difference in Central Indiana!

Come to our December Monthly Meeting on Wednesday, December 15th at 7:00 PM to hear an update on the number of toys given and agencies served this year.

Pick & Pack 2021

Pick & Pack
Saturday, December 4th

9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Talon Test Laboratories
915 Western Drive, Indianapolis, 46241

Directions: You can get to Talon Test Laboratories from either US-36 or Washington St: 


From US 36, go South on Girls School Rd. Turn left (East) onto W. McCarty St. You will see the sign for Talon Test Laboratories at the bend in the road on your left. 


From West Washington St. Exit from 465, go west on Washington St. and go to High School Rd. Turn right, go north to W. Morris Street, and turn left. Go until you see Western Dr and turn right. You will see Talon Labs at the bend in the road on the right.

  • Delivery drivers: Park on the north side of the building (driveway on left.)
  • Volunteers: Please park on the south side of the building (driveway on the right.)


For more information, contact Jacque Beck at 317-674-5986 or Mike Robards at 317-416-9755.

For more information, contact Jacque Beck at 317-674-5986 or Mike Robards at 317-416-9755.

2021 Toys of the Month:

For a complete list of Toys of the Month for 2021,
click on the link below to find additional information,
plans and templates for the year.

Plans for Toys of the Month for 2021

 A few words from our President:


Allow me to welcome you to our website!  We hope you are able to find out about our Club and see opportunities that appeal to you personally.  Our primary purpose, beyond working wood, is to MAKE A DIFFERENCE in our community.  As you browse our website, I feel confident you'll get a better feel for all we're doing to this end.
Of course, the most recent issue we face is the need to adapt to the health crisis that everyone is facing now.  We're grateful for the patience of our members and visitors during this time when all of our routines have been turned upside down.  Unfortunately, uncertainty seems to be the 'new normal' we will all be facing in the coming weeks and months. 

The Board is discussing how we can weather these changes and keep our members engaged.  We'll do our best to listen to you as we reconsider our current events schedule and the impact on long term plans as well. We hope to send out emails as decisions are made.  And we will use this website more to help keep you informed in the future.  If you'd like to be in the loop, become a member and we'll include you in all of those mailings.

Speaking of the website, you will notice that we are going to be working over the next couple weeks to give it a new, updated look and hopefully make it easier to navigate.  Thanks for your patience during this process. 

Please feel free to reach out to myself or any of the Board members if we can help any of our members during this time...we all love to work wood, but we're also about MAKING A DIFFERENCE wherever we can! 

Mick Keller 


Be Smart. Be Safe. Make a Difference.

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Spotlight on our Sponsors!

The following are some of the generous businesses that help keep our Club going.  Their gifts of cash, materials, shop supplies and tools greatly enhances our ability to work wood and make a difference in our community!

Rockler Woodworking
8452 Castleton Corner Dr. 
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Northwest Lumber Company
5035 Lafayette Rd. 
Indianapolis, IN 46254

Frank Miller Lumber Company

1690 Frank Miller Road
Union city, IN 47380

Accurate Cutting Technologies
1111 Country Club Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46234

Corsi Cabinets
611 Churchmann Bypass
Indianapolis, IN 46203

Craters and Freighters
6870 Hawthorn Park Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46220

Iso Tunes
12202 Hancock Street
Carmel, IN 46032

MacBeath Hardwood
320 North Kyle St
Edinburgh, IN 46124

MacAllister Machinery
6300 Southeastern Ave
Indianapolis, IN 46203