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Special Interest Grps

 General Comments

The Des Moines Woodworkers Association has several special interest groups for club members.  These groups allow members with specialized interests to meet separately for education, technique, skill building, fellowship, and special projects.  To be involved in any of these special interest groups, you must be a Member in good standing of the Des Moines Woodworkers Association.

Furniture Repair & Finishing

Meets the Thursday following the regular Club Meeting date at 1:00 PM at Ron Stookey's Country Caboose Refinishing at the rear of 113 5th St. in Valley Junction area of West Des Monies, IA (Get Map). Each meeting involves finding solutions to problems or answering question that participants present. Check our monthly Newsletter for specific meeting date, location and subjects. For more information call Ron Stookey at 515-277-1555 or email at Furniture Repair .

Furniture Making

Meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Saturday after the regular Club Meeting date each month at the Woodsmith Store 10320 Hickman Road, Clive, IA (Get Map). Meetings are informal, with an emphasis on group discussion, question and answer sessions, problem solving, and the sharing of tips and mistakes. From time to time, outside experts are brought in to share their expertise.  Check our monthly Newsletter for specific meeting date, location and subjects. For more information call John Twedt at 515-964-9294 or email at Furniture Making .

Toy Making

This Group meets at the Woodsmith Store, 10320 Hickman Road, Clive, IA (Get Map) on the 2nd Saturday following the regular Club Meeting date at 9:30 AM.  Ron Vander Meyden leads this Group dedicated to making hand crafted, unfinished, wooden toys for underprivileged children. Club Members are encouraged to create toys or toy parts to be used in the making of toys and bring them to our assembly meetings. Toy plans are available on this website at Toys for Kids. Meeting time is mostly used for final assembly of wheels, axles, knobs, etc. on unfinished toys made by Members. Distribution of finished toys normally occurs during first week of the following month. Members are also encouraged to help deliver toys. What a great way to experience the joy Member toys bring to these kids. Please Ron at 515-279-0313 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to learn how you can get involved in this SIG.