Arrow of Light Display

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Project by Spur posted 03-22-2014 02:47 AM 3389 views 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Ten of the boys in my den have earned the Arrow of Light, which I will be presenting at our Blue and Gold banquet tomorrow. I picked up some arrows made by an indian in New Mexico that the parents decorated for their boys, but my wife griped at me about it being just another thing that would lie around.

That got my wheels spinning and I decided to make plaques to hang the arrows from that I will also present to them tomorrow. My plans were grandiose, but my budget was slim, so I finally settled on a simple design based on the one I saw in the scout shop.

The pictures are a little out of order of the process. The second picture shows the template I made to route out the arrow of light symbol onto the maple and the last picture shows them all laid out ready for yellow paint. The takeaway from that part is that I need to get a decent set of rasps. The funny thing was that I was dreading this part, but it was not bad at all. My test cut in a piece of plywood reminded me to pay attention to the router so it spins down completely before withdrawing because I had to mix some glue and sawdust to fix the nice gouge I made pulling it out and the guide bearing losing the surface.

I then cut the pieces of maple to size, chamfered the edges, stained it, and routed it out. I put some scraps on the perimeter of the template to help line up the blank in the template, which sped up the process considerably. The third picture shows the blank after routing with the patch in the middle. The patch is of a Spartan because the den chose to be the Spartan patrol last year. The third and fourth pictures show an undecorated arrow hanging from the hooks I placed at the bottom.

Now the boys will have a place to hang their arrow and see their patrol patch.

-- Henryk, South Carolina

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 01:02 AM

That is a very nice way to make the boys feel proud and important ,an item they will cherish and remember .
You did a wonderful job creating the plaques and enhancing the arrow ,listen to your wife more often .

-- Kiefer

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