Eagle Scout Project

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Project by GrumpyCub posted 02-15-2018 04:10 AM 1235 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometime in early summer of last year, my good friend approached me about helping his son with a wood working project. His son was trying to achieve Eagle Scout, and one of the requirements was a project that contributed to the community in some way. He had decided to build 4 picnic tables for a veterans home in our area. There would be one table each for Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines. Two of the tables would have benches on both sides, and two would leave one side open for wheelchair access.

I was honored to be asked and I was very proud of the project he had selected. We used a set of free plans from April Wilkerson (slightly modified). Over a period of several months, the young man came to my shop on weekends with other scouts in tow to work on the project. The project was meant to be educational for him, so we covered basic wood working skills, and things like stop blocks and jigs to make parts repeatedly. We even snuck in some geometry!

One comment the review board had was about the limited amount of waste the boys accomplished as they cut out the parts for the tables. Conservation is a major theme in the scouts and the board was impressed! I’ve included pics of all the parts cut out as well as the waste that was left.

He completed assembly and transported the tables to his house where he sanded and finished them, as well as labeling each tabled with its respective Armed Service. Once completed he delivered the tables to the Veteran’s home and they are thrilled with the additions.

I found out yesterday that he passed his assessment for Eagle Scout with flying colors! I am very proud of this young man and his achievement, and I am honored to have had a small part in it.

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 03:48 PM

Such a great way to give back! Great idea and I’m sure it was greatly appreciated. The tables turned out great

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 07:29 PM

Thanks for helping him out!



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#3 posted 02-15-2018 11:44 PM

great job!

-- Jack

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 03:04 AM

Very Nice Indeed & Well Done Grumpy!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#5 posted 02-17-2018 12:49 AM

Good job.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#6 posted 02-19-2018 12:27 PM

Great way to give back, need one more table, Coast Guard.

-- Chris K

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