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Wood shop carpenter creates lasting memories

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May 31st, 2009

There s a bit of a traffic jam at Cedar Crest, and although it has to do with cars, they are no where near the parking lot. We get a lot of admirers who stop to take a look to see what we ve been up to here in the wood shop, says Roy Kay, manager and founder of the community s wood shop club. He started it upon moving there when it opened seven years ago. We have a lot of classic cars and toys made out of wood that you just don t see any more. Kay says he brought about two-thirds of the equipment he had in his basement when he moved, and the rest is history. Today, the club has about 55 members who work on a variety of projects any time between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. on a daily basis. We really have a great group, Kay says, and we re happy to be able to pursue our passions and hobby. Lasting toys, memories A banker by trade (who still goes into the office) with more than 55 years experience in the industry, Kay says his dad was in the hardware business. But what really got him going was the birth of his four grandsons. I really wanted them to have something that you couldn t buy in the store, he says. Something that they can pass on to their children too an heirloom that will last for many years to come. The toys and cars are constructed from about 50 60 patterns that are in the shop. Kay says his pride and joy is a wrecker that was made from more than 50 photographs given to him by one of his customers. It took me about a year to finish it, he says. The customer wanted to buy it, but I just couldn t part with it. Kay runs a tight wood shop ship. Members have to sign in, adhere to safety rules by wearing goggles, work in pairs if possible, and pay a one-time fee used to repair equipment and purchase sandpaper. Every member is responsible for their own wood, and they must be instructed on how to use the equipment: a variety of band saws, sanders, planes, drills, scroll saws, drill presses, routers, and the state-of-the-art vacuum system that keeps the shop in tip-top condition. We can t forget one of the most important pieces of equipment here, Kay adds, the record player that keeps us tappin our toes and singing to the favorites. Selling their wares Residents and staff at Cedar Crest who have children and grandchildren love the items for sale at the wood shop. Some of the pull toys are popular with toddlers, like the bumble bee and small racer cars or the carry train that hooks together and comes in four pieces. Kay won an award for that one from Wood Magazine a few years ago. Photos of the happy recipients adorn the walls of the wood shop. Where else can you get a pull toy for $6, Kay asks rhetorically. Other items include fire trucks, an African drum, a 1930s Packard, farm trucks, a 1932 Buick, a 1920s mail truck that is also a coin bank, a 1920s Ford delivery truck, a grasshopper toy, and a duck clock. ' There s also a baby cradle, a rocking horse, reindeer, bunnies, card holders, napkin holders, and small rocking chairs. With all those wooden items, no wonder there s a line to get in!