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06-17-2011 06:14 AM

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Hi all

I voluntered to help with the boys webelow den. Need to come up with 2 woodworking projects I can set up for 10 boys. Needs to be fairly simple but have at least 2 different things they do.

I am thinking I will cut the pieces and let them sand assemble and probably stain. The stain mite be asking for trouble.

Anybody have any experience with this or ideas for good projects. Hast to be fairly inexpensive.


-- Mike, Cantral Oregon

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#1 posted 06-17-2011 06:51 AM

How about a highboy made from tiger maple? No?...then I suggest bird houses. Joinery should be straight forward and you can cut all the pieces on a table saw or miter saw. Just my two.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 06-17-2011 04:45 PM

Tool totes, table trivets

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 06-17-2011 04:55 PM

Some small step stools, benchs might work, stain could definitely be a problem. Might try some water based
paint for easy clean up.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 06-17-2011 05:02 PM

Clocks are easy and can be pretty inexpensive.

Our scouts made and raced rubber band propeller powered rockets in a space derby. It was a great project that wasn’t too difficult. It requires a simple 4 lane track made of wire, and can be re-used….it’s really a blast. Much simpler than a Pinewood Derby track too. If you pursue this, be sure to keep an ample supply of extra rubber bands on hand. We had some failures that appeared to be due to old age of the rubber bands supplied in the some of the rocket kits.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#5 posted 06-17-2011 06:57 PM

Bird feeders are a good woodworking project and can also be used as a community project to give to the residents at nursing homes as well as bird houses.

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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#6 posted 06-18-2011 08:17 PM

My daughter was a Den Mother for many years, and a couple of projects she came up with, and sweet talked her dad to helping, was a small tool box, a bird house, and something I built when I was a Cub Scout was a tie rack for my dad.
Watch em around hand tools, and paint brushes though.
Oh yeah, there is always one wise guy in the pack too. Watch him!

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#7 posted 06-18-2011 09:26 PM

My dad did this when we were kids for scouts.

Cut up some 1×6 blanks approx 8” long. We got to sketch out on it a pattern of some sort. Then scroll sawed it out. Added some clear coat for finish. Then a wooden clothes pin glued to the front and a bit of hardware to allow it to be hung on the back. it was a little note holder. Kinda silly, but I remember it as one of my first woodworking projects. Very inexpensive…

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#8 posted 06-18-2011 10:12 PM

I vote for the bird houses and bird feeders. The’re usually simple. I once built a dog doorstop in shop class in junior high which was simple…just the front silhouette of a dog and another piece that attaches to the bottom of the dog and fits under the door. Small tool boxes would be nice too.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#9 posted 06-18-2011 10:42 PM

Kids love rubber band shooters. Just a cut out of a gun and a closepin and some glue does the trick.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#10 posted 06-19-2011 11:47 AM

I like Jim’s idea. when i was a kid, rubber band shooters were awesome.

-- RKWoods

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#11 posted 06-19-2011 02:17 PM

Yea- Jim has a fun idea, but I would go with the birdhouses pr feeders. Choosing this project can fill their needs for another WEBLOS badge, nature. And yes, if they bring these house or feeders to elderly folks, yet another requirement can be filled in their Community badge. Hey what do expect from a guy who was a Scout leader for 20 years and now a commissioner for 5.

Just be careful you don’t get bitten by that Scouting bug. I got bit so hard, as my 4 sons were growing out of the Cub years, I started our local Boy Scout Troop in our small town and had 32 Scouts in it. Then my sons kept growing and left dad behind in the Troop.

Finally had to quit when I realized I was getting to old to keep up with the Scouts. I was doing a good deed helping a little old lady cross the street and when I got to to the other side, I looked up at her and said “honey, what are you doing here?” It was my wife Diana. She said she was there to help me LOL

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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#12 posted 06-19-2011 05:31 PM

When I was a Den Leader we made tool boxes. Other simple projects the boys migt find more useful are a hat rack (simple pre-drilled flat board with a few dowels glued in) or a box to hold their Derby cars (which I’m assuming they’ll accumulate when they get to Scouts).

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 12:29 AM

I’d have to dig around here a little, but one of the projects we made in our Webelos Patrol was a desk organizer. Just some nice pine and Baltic Birch with brass brads to hold it all together. I bought clear shellac and foam brushes. We did the whole operation in one meeting, and the boys could take them home that day due to the drying speed of shellac. I have three sons, so was in Scouting for about 15 years. Great fun!

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#14 posted 06-20-2011 02:04 AM

My son and I made a step stool. We’re talking 5 pieces of wood here. 2 pieces of 2×8 about 8” high with a “V” cut in them to form the legs, a 1×12x14 top and two 1×3x13 side braces on the sides. Nail together. Shelac sand, spray Krylon color, done. Shelac & Krylon dry really fast. Dimensions are varable. BTW my son is now 38 , a dad, and I still use the stool.

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#15 posted 06-20-2011 04:39 AM

The Scout manual has a tool tote or tool boxe shown in it. I have uised that, a bird house and a bird feeder for the Scouts. You usually end up making kits and they assemble them with some help. I made parts and predrilled holes. Nails are hard to drive in plywood for the bird houses and we used screws in the tool totes.

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