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08-29-2012 09:38 PM

Next summer I need to run a woodworking station at our cub scout day camp. I’ll have to precut all wood prior or have volunteers help me.

Any ideas on cool projects. Toolboxes and birdhouses have been previous projects and I would like to do something different.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 11:00 PM

I would check in with Steve over at for ideas.

He does a lot of really fun and creative projects that can be done in under a day.

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 11:55 PM

coat racks.

4” pine and dowels

i had the kids add a shelf on top…... ez ….........had the holes drilled and attached the shelf with dowels the kids just glued and pounded in


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#3 posted 08-29-2012 11:59 PM

When Rod and I put on a class for their ww merit badge, they made a bench hook. Another fun project would be an 'X' puzzle.

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#4 posted 08-30-2012 12:01 AM

These are Cub Scouts…........... young…............ gotta keep it real simple and safe

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#5 posted 08-30-2012 12:08 AM

Avoid using stain or paint.

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 12:10 AM

To earn their badges in addition to the wood working they need some other crafts mediums. I had them make some stuff from duct tape, particularly a little wallet. Looks good with different colored tapes…and lots of stuff to make with it.

For woodworking, I had them do a simple butt jointed and stapled wooden picture frame, a stand for their pinewood cars, and a pencil box…I box joined the sides and they just fitted and glued them together.

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#7 posted 08-30-2012 12:11 AM

Nighttripper recommends Wood Working for Mere Mortals. Ever since I saw Steve’s video for a pencil cup with a secret compartment, I have been trying to round up kids to make these with. You can do as much in advance as you want.

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#8 posted 08-30-2012 12:13 AM

The very first thing I ever built out of wood was a rubber-band crossbow. Basically, a roughly gun-shaped base, a small cross piece at the end, and a wooden clothespin for a trigger. Easy, and what boy doesn’t like shooting stuff? Another option is a coffee mug rack, either a free-standing model, or one you hang on a wall. I don’t know if this would work where you live, but instead of bird houses, consider BAT houses- very similar to a bird house except there is no hole in the side and the bottom is left open.

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#9 posted 08-30-2012 12:27 AM

Love the ideas. Remember these kids range from 6-12. Last year when I was a helper, most kids couldn’t hammer a nail. So the coat hooks sound like a great idea. The pencil holder is along the right lines as well.

Cost is another big issue, I may have to beg for materials from local stores.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#10 posted 08-30-2012 02:02 AM

It depends on the age group of the kids. Go to your local Scout Shop and get the manuals for each age- Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos. There are appropriate level wood projects for each age in them. The BSA does their homework on making sure that the boys get age-appropriate tasks. Be sure to note that there are awards to earn, and send that information home with the boys, or better yet, coordinate with their Den/Patrol leaders so they get recognized at their Pack meetings. I volunteered for the BSA for 15 years. Good times!

As for materials, I went by construction sites and places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. People donate all kinds of stuff made of wood that can’t be repaired for sale, like a dresser with one drawer front nailed on, and no drawer inside. They have to crush (and pay the disposal cost for) stuff they can’t sell. They’ll be more than happy to get rid of wood that you can use…FREE.

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

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#11 posted 08-30-2012 02:06 AM

This is for day camp so I’ll have to run about 300 boys through it. So it should be fun.

The boys are great, it is the parents that sometimes have issues.

I’ll try the sites you recommend for materials.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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#12 posted 08-30-2012 04:23 AM

The old time string powered tops are fun and safe for kids. Here’s one from a fellow LJ:

string powered top

A simpler version with plans: (fun tip: paint half of the top’s top with blue, the other half with red so when it spins, it turns purple! There are plenty of variations on color scheme)

plan for string top from Mother Earth News

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#13 posted 08-30-2012 02:01 PM

Get the Cub Scout How To Book there are TONS of things to build in there age apearant.

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#14 posted 08-30-2012 02:41 PM

I miss camping! What makes me drive to go camping is the site. Must be beautiful.

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#15 posted 08-30-2012 02:47 PM

Mike, I’ve looked at the cub scout books and apparently scouts really like birdhouses. Because that is the main thing that is in all of them. build a bird house, look at a bird…..

Basically I’ll need two projects with about 45 minutes of build time for each. Something fun would be great ala the secret compartment pencil holder.

I wonder how hard it would be to make an old fashioned telescope.

-- - Dave ; Austin, TX

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