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Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge #1: Intro to shop safety & first project

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Boy Scouts from Troop 728 (my son’s Troop) met in the shop today to start working on thier Woodworking Merit Badge. We started off reviewing the requirements and going over shop safety. We then started a sharpening session with chisels, a plane iron and a cabinet scraper. We will continue sharpening on our next session – to bad we didn’t have Wayne & Tom on hand to help with sharpening! The boys learned some basics on using the table saw, miter saw and air stapler. The boys each built a basic cedar bird house. A lot to cover in a few hours! The boys did great. Below are some photos of thier progress. These may be future LumberJocks!

Using the table saw and Kreg miter gauge
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A happy and successful Second Class Boy Scout!
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Reviewing project plans
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Cutting 3/8 inch red oak dowel stock for the bird perch
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The miter saw was used to cut stock to length and the 45° angle for the roof on the front and end pieces
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Glue and the air stapler were used for assmbly – very cool according to the boys!
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Some very proud, accomplished and talented Boy Scouts!
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Hot homemade chocolate chip cookies courtesy of my shop's Chief Financial Advisor – Beth!
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Finis for now – more to come!

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com



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WayneC

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#1 posted 2644 days ago

What a great day. Looks like a bunch of happy woodworkers. Tell Beth the cookies look wonderful.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#2 posted 2644 days ago

Thanks Wayne! We had too much fun. Some great future woodworkers I hope.

The cookies were good. Although you had to be quick with these boys!

I only got one!


-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Diane

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#3 posted 2644 days ago

Way cool, I love what the scouts do for kids. I am most drawn to the scouts because I never was one and to this day wish I had gotten that chance.

By the way you’re son is so handsome, I bet no one has to tell him that though.

The kid with the black shirt looks like he has a ponytail in one picture, I guess I’m in a silly mood. I love that shirt that other kids is wearing that says if you can read this ….. and I love that proud look on that kids face with the green shirt, he looks like he is saying, yup, I actually made this great birdhouse.

What a good day you all had and especial since it ended with those hummy looking cookies.

Diane

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David

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#4 posted 2644 days ago

Diane -

Thanks for the kind comments! I think that ponytail is blonde and it belongs to the cookie maker! The boys had a great time. Yes, Scouting does wonderful things for these youn men.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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mot

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#5 posted 2644 days ago

Sorry, other than those cookies, what was this story about? Just kidding, as you know. David, you are a saint. I’ve told you of my forray into the scouts. Mind you, I did a multi-month model airplane construction and it tested the limits of my patience. The committment to get those kids into your shop, teach them safety, let them get their hands dirty, AND walk away with a project in their hands. Bravo, my friend, bravo!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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David

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#6 posted 2644 days ago

Tom -

Cookies and woodworking! I can’t complain – it was a great day in the shop. I am looking forward to thier next vist as we still have some more work to do to complete the merit badge. I felt it was important to go home with a project in hand.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#7 posted 2644 days ago

Boy Scouts. Now there is a good reason to get a lathe. Pen turning would be a great project.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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David

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#8 posted 2644 days ago

You know, the last requirement can be satisfied by turning something that is duplicated on a lathe. I think that means that the merit badge councelor need to have a lathe. Yes, I am sure that is what is intended in the merit badge book . . .

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2644 days ago

: ^ )

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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surplusdealdude

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#10 posted 2644 days ago

Well, you’re starting them off right, with good tools and good training!

-- surplusdealdude

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Bill

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#11 posted 2644 days ago

Congratulations on the field day David. It looks like it was a success, and they all produced some great bird houses.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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David

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#12 posted 2644 days ago

Surplusdealdude & Bill -

Thanks! It was indeed a great “field day”. I hope we inspired a woodworker or two in the bunch.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Bill

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#13 posted 2643 days ago

I am sure you did David. Are they going to use the birdhouses for fund raisers (like Dick said he did) or simply to take home for their own? Woodworking projects might be something worthwhile for their fund raisers. If nothing else, they could donate them to senior citizens and others so they can share in the bird watching.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Greg3G

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#14 posted 2643 days ago

As a former Scoutmaster, Bravo! I have always enjoyed working with the boys in our troop. I will probably start a WW merit badge this fall. Due to the size of my shop and my equipment, I will only have about 2-3 boys at a time. I think that is a good number run, too many and you can’t keep an eye on them when they are working on the power tools. I am a big supporter of Scouting. It is the only thing a young man can earn before he is 18 and put on a resume for the rest of his life and make a real difference. I have several friends that work in the Gov and many High Power Gov. Contractors and they all look for that on the resumes. Two of them include that in thier first cut along with Veterans.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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David

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#15 posted 2643 days ago

Greg -

Bravo for your comments! I agree 100%. I am sure having Eagle on my resume has helped!

Also, 2-4 boys is max (at least for me!) for safety, as well as, quality engagement.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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