Dresser-building for Families in Need

by Mike Quinn

Our WOCO volunteer activities at the Furniture Bank continue with about 24 members working on either Tuesday or Wednesday and a few who work on both days. Dresser production is in full swing and getting better as we learn how to become more efficient in our operations. In 2011, as a group, we have manufactured more than 750 dressers and have logged more than 5000 volunteer hours. This is a tremendous achievement, especially considering that we started the year just beginning to implement the new design and process. Special thanks to Lou Gatch, John Herrel, Dave Chenault for their tireless efforts and to all our good people who volunteer.

In 2012 we intend to produce 1000 or more dressers and also to begin construction of bedframes with a goal of 1000 as well. To do this we need more volunteers, probably to work on Mondays. If you are able to work either one day or more every week or only once in a while, we’d love to have you join our WOCO volunteer team. Please contact me at mikequinn@columbus.rr.com and we’ll get you set up.

We submitted an application for the Minwax® Community Craftsman Award in December, highlighting our dresser project at the Furniture Bank. This award is given annually to an individual or group in recognition of their use of woodworking skills for the betterment of the community. Top prize is a substantial cash award, a supply of Minwax® products and a presentation by their top finishing expert. While winning this award is surely a longshot, we believe that our activities at the Furniture Bank are kind of unique and worthy of consideration. Recipient of the award will be announced in the Spring.

For more pictures and information about WOCO members building dressers for families in need in Central Ohio, Click Here.

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