Andrew's Eagle Project

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Project by wood2dust posted 09-24-2008 11:34 PM 2812 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Andrew (my son) is an active member in the local 4-H, BSA Troop and Venturing Crew and it was time to start his Eagle project. He decided on replacing the 4-H cabinet in the local Grange with a modern one that would show off the awards the kids get at the local Fairs. Well here it is finished, installed and he is now an Eagle (9/16/08). These few pictures don’t tell all the hard work that went into the project, nor the amount of support he received from his fellow Scouts and 4-Her’s. This is only a small part of the pictures he has.

It is built using mahogany, the carcass is 3/4” plywood with solid wooden face frames and door frames. The inside of the lower cabinet is painted with epoxy paint and the upper cabinet is stained with cork on the back to hang awards etc. The upper cabinet has glass door insets and glass shelves. The carcasses are assembled using dado’s and the face frames are assembled using kreg face frame system. Door frames are mortise and tenon. The sides of the cabinet are finished so if the cabinet is ever moved and the sides are are no longer hidden it is ready to be used. The cabinet is stained in Minwax Gelstain Mahogany (it needed to match the current interior of the Grange) and finished in 4 coats of Minwax Wipe-on Poly in satin. should be very durable for the next 100 years which was a requirement from the Leadership at the Grange. Each upper cabinet has three low voltage xeon lights to show off the awards and is controlled by a touch pad on the front which shows all who enter the hall that this cabinet was built by an Eagle Scout.

More pictures can be found at .

6/30/2010: Finally finished the top of the cabinet with a friend of mine who did the carving. The flash from the camera doesn’t do the picture any favors. THe Grange and 4H love it.

-- Loren & Andrew - Central Coast California -

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#1 posted 09-24-2008 11:38 PM

Outstanding work and Congrats! I’m sure you are quite proud of him…. :)

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#2 posted 09-24-2008 11:44 PM

Very impressive…strong work! Congratulations!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#3 posted 09-25-2008 01:58 AM

Very nice display cabinet and I do believe he met the requirements of the Grange leadership – it will be around for a long time. Congrats to Andrew and to you: as an Eagle Scout myself, I know that you probably had a big influence in Andrew’s project and time in Scouting. My dad played a big part in mine.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#4 posted 09-25-2008 02:11 AM

Very nice project. It is wonderful to see the spirit of service in a young man. As a scoutmaster for 14 years and an Eagle myself, I well over with pride when I see another young man reach this accomplishment. Thank you for your example to him. He should be as proud of his project as I’m sure you are of him.

Eagle, 1968

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#5 posted 09-25-2008 02:32 AM

Great looking cabinets and eautiful job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 09-25-2008 03:06 AM

Now that is a nice Eagle Scout Project.
Congratulations to Andrew on reaching his Eagle Scout.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#7 posted 09-25-2008 05:32 AM

Your son is an Eagle Scout, following in your woodworking footsteps, what could be better? Beautiful job, to you both.

-- Berta in NC

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#8 posted 09-25-2008 06:42 AM

Very nice job

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#9 posted 09-25-2008 08:11 AM

As an Eagle scout myself, I appreciate the journey as well as the project. Congratulations on both.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 09-25-2008 03:04 PM

The cabinets look great! There are a lot of different construction forms that were brought together very well. You can think of it this way… Eagle projects like this only come around once every hundred years. Congratulation to Eagle… and Eagle-dad! I know how proud I was/am of my sons when they reached Eagle.

-- The name is "Splinter"... I'm the son-of-a-son-of-a-carpenter

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#11 posted 09-25-2008 03:09 PM

Great job. Congratulations!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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