Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge #2: Archery Stands & Festool Domino

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Blog entry by David posted 08-05-2007 06:54 AM 5327 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Intro to shop safety & first project Part 2 of Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge series Part 3: Wood Burning & Finish »

What a pleasure to have these Troop 728 Scouts in the shop working on their Woodworking Merit Badge. The boys are getting very close to completing the requirements. Having just returned from summer camp at Camp Pioneer in the Cascades, we identified a large service project to improve the archery range. We constructed 8 archery stands from cedar and plastic drainpipe. The boys used a combination of pocket screws and floating tenons to construct the stands. They each got some great hands on experience with the Kreg Pocket Screw Jig and the Festool Domino. I was impressed with how fast the boys became fascicle with these tools.

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Cutting mortise slots with the Domino

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The boys quickly became comfortable with the Domino

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Lots of good leadership and teaching from the boys

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Using a Rockler router table to ease all edges

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Gluing the support blocks with TiteBond III

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Weather resistant pocket screws were used to secure the support blocks

Watch a short video clip of the boys using the Festool Domino


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#1 posted 08-05-2007 07:16 AM

great job David. It looks all had a great time

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 08-05-2007 07:25 AM

Nice looking bunch of kids!

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 08-05-2007 08:02 AM

Hi David;

Great cause David!

Time well spent.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-05-2007 09:28 AM

David, there’s is only one greater investment one can make in the life of these boys than building skills and that is modeling trust and friendship. I dare say long after they forget the details of the project they made under your guidance, they will remember that great time of fellowship they had with each other and with a man who showed he cared for them.

As we say in Oz, ”Goodonya, Mate!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#5 posted 08-05-2007 12:15 PM

aaaaaaaw you are great!!!

looks like the boys had a great time, learned lots, and are becoming addicted to woodworking.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-05-2007 02:25 PM

Great job David!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 08-05-2007 02:42 PM

Well done.

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

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#8 posted 08-05-2007 03:10 PM

Very well done David. You may have started a new woodworker down the slope.

-- Brent - Shreveport, Louisiana

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#9 posted 08-05-2007 03:13 PM

We never quite understand the impact we have on young people. Great project David. Keep up the good work.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 08-05-2007 03:59 PM

Nicely done David…........I’m a BIG proponent of “Role Modeling”........few will do it better than yourself. Kids look good and intense about their project.

Your a GOOD man…..........Neil

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#11 posted 08-05-2007 08:49 PM

Hi David,

What a great opportunity for everyone involved. Continued success to you and the troop.

Have a great day,


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#12 posted 08-05-2007 11:40 PM

Good job David. Not only do they get something built for the archery range, but they also learn the skills for later in life too. A great thing you are doing there.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#13 posted 08-06-2007 01:26 AM

Nice work David. Can my son and I join the troop so we could use the Domino?

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#14 posted 08-07-2007 06:22 PM

LB. I was just going to ask if the boys new now envious other woodworkers might be—- because of the opportunity to use the Domino.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 08-14-2007 04:44 PM

Boy! I wish I had the the chance for the experience you’ve given them boys’ when I was a kid.

Keep up the good work, David.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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