Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge #3: Wood Burning & Finish

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Blog entry by David posted 08-05-2007 11:26 PM 8883 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Archery Stands & Festool Domino Part 3 of Boy Scout Woodworking Merit Badge series Part 4: Last Episode - Rockler Store Visit »

Our Woodworking Merit Badge class met a couple of days ago to complete the archery stands for Camp Pioneer. The boys decided to wood burn Troop 728 and Camp Pioneer – Jewel of the Cascades on two of the stands to commemorate their hard work. After wood burning the boys applied a clear wood preservative. The stands were delivered a few days ago and the camp staff was very appreciative.

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Our working drawing

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Kory wood burning Troop 728 on an archery stand

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Jay supervising!

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My son Matthew – a very cool First Class Scout!

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Applying finish

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The final product
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We are having one last meeting to visit the local Rockler store to interview a professional woodworker. The boys will have a chance to explore potential career opportunities in woodworking. This means an authorized Rockler trip for me!


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#1 posted 08-05-2007 11:42 PM

Way to go David. Try not to drool all over the tools while the boys are in their class.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 08-05-2007 11:56 PM

awesome… loved getting my woodworking badge… 20 years ago…


-- Drew, Pleasant Grove, Utah

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#3 posted 08-06-2007 12:10 AM

Nice work and day for you all.


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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 08-06-2007 01:46 AM

How come I didn’t get no stinking badge?

Great job David. I admire your envolvement!


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 08-06-2007 02:47 AM

yah.. pretty darned special!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 08-06-2007 03:12 AM

Too bad there wasn’t a way to route the letters out prior to the burning process. This would have given a smoother and neater looking job to the project. At the least, a hand plane or sander used to smooth the wood first would have gotten rid of the bumpy look of the burnings. May be a future training session?

Great looking boy you got there.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#7 posted 08-06-2007 03:23 AM

Great Job Troop 782! and God Bless the Scoutmasters. Having been a scoutmaster myself. I can honestly say there is no more rewarding things in life than teaching young boys to be men. It takes a lot of patience, love and the ablily to look at life from their perspective and guide them down the right paths. The latter is sometimes the hardest part of all. I would recommend the job to everyone, yes, there are women scoutmasters. If you have kids that age, get involved, its time well spent. Besides, you will learn just ast much as they will.

If you ever need any help or advice please let me know….I will do my best to help.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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#8 posted 08-06-2007 03:57 AM

Outstanding. Looks like a lot was learned and fun was had by all.

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

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dennis mitchell

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#9 posted 08-06-2007 03:59 AM

lucky kids

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#10 posted 08-06-2007 04:22 AM

Thanks evryone for the kind and supportive comments. It is exciting to work with these boys and hopefully kindle a small spark of appreciation for woodworking and the pleasure from working with your hands.

Mark – The cedar was planed from rough stock to 3 1/2 inches square. The boys had a very smooth surface to work woth. The problem that they discovered was the altenating hard and soft wood in the grain which resulted in bumpy lettering. The hardest thing for me to learn is to stand back and let them work and resist the urge to do it myself. This is their work and their process. Tough lesson for me to learn. Ultimately I relized that I was learning important lessons just like the boys!


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#11 posted 08-06-2007 05:55 AM

Some of the most important things I learned in life I learned through Scouting. Great support of the kiddos! They did a great job too!!!!

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#12 posted 08-06-2007 06:03 AM

Great job David, and great job Scouts.

-- 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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#13 posted 08-06-2007 06:05 PM

Great job everyone. Keep up the good work and have fun.

Have a great day,


-- Bob Lance, DE

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#14 posted 08-12-2007 05:35 AM

Good to see some fellow Scouters at LJ’s. I’ve been a a Scoutmaster for my Church’s Troop in South Carolina for about 2 years. We have about 12 active scouts and its been a pretty rewarding “job”. Naturally, I really wanted to push the Woodworking and Carving badges, but it didn’t entice the scouts. I finally got them to my shop and they loved it. There former experience has been with mainly handtools so they liked using tools they haven’t used in the past. One scary moment was when my wife let some Scouts start before I got home from work. We’ll just say a board was launched about a 100’ across the street (between two vehicles) when they tried to rip a warped board against the fence. I “nicely” informed my wife of the shop rules and kept that story away from the local scout office. Keep it up.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 08-14-2007 04:51 PM

I may have gone a little further in scouting if I had a leader like you.

The next thing you’ll have to teach them is incised letter carving. I think they’d enjoy that.

You may have to try it yourself first though! :)

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

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