Stupid Easy, But Great for Board of Review

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Project by Spur posted 11-20-2014 04:09 PM 2514 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Very easy little project I threw together when I saw the need in our Boy Scout Troop. During Board of Reviews for the next rank in Boy Scouts, when a boy was tested on his knots, they would demonstrate on chair or table legs. This proved a little awkward.

I made this at home for my son to practice his knots on, and realized if I modified it just a little bit it would be great for the BOR. So I took it apart, designed it so it would fold flat for easy storage and transport, used nails with the points filed off for locks, and if you look closely, you will see a small plywood stop on each leg that aligns it vertically so the nails lock in the holes and when folded down it also aligns it horizontally, in addition to the cross bar between the legs in the back. First nails I cut to length so the heads were nearly flush, but that proved too much effort to remove the “pins” so I just filed the point off the next pair and they stand about an inch proud when fully seated and are easy to remove and replace whether locking it upright or folded.

Made with scrap plywood, and of course a coffee can for the rounded part of the legs, I tapered it to the back because I figured it would look better. Works great, about 30 minutes of work, and very very well received by the troop.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#1 posted 11-20-2014 05:13 PM

Good idea, I may borrow this. My oldest starts Boy Scouts in March.

-- Chris K

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#2 posted 11-20-2014 06:16 PM

very easy, but with this jig, you have made a lifetime impression on your own son and the sons of others. Thank you

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#3 posted 11-20-2014 06:53 PM

Simple, but KNOT bad!

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 11-20-2014 11:18 PM

i love knot tying! Great little jig!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#5 posted 11-20-2014 11:35 PM

Good idea. I’m sure the Scouts appreciate it.

Instead of having the leave the pins stick out ( and a chance to catch on /or/ rip someone’s pants) how ‘bout a nail like this for the pins. You could even dip the heads in Plasti-dip to make them smoother.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 11-21-2014 04:34 AM

Wonderful solution

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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