Sliding Lid Box for Cub Scouts

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Project by bko posted 03-07-2010 01:06 AM 4073 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a box project for my son’s Cub Scout Den. The box is sized to hold CDs or Nintendo games or DVDs—I wanted it to be useful.

Cub Scouts are not allowed to use power tools at all, only hand tools for safety, so I used the planer to mill some 3/4 white pine down to 1/2 thick and cut out all the pieces for each boy to have a set. I then milled 3/8 grooves in the top and bottom of the sides to insert the top and bottom panels and I cut 1/2 rabbets for the corner joints on the router table.

The Scout’s job was to raise the panels using hand planes! I had a collection of planes for them to try so they got to see how different planes are suited for different jobs. We marked the 3/8 depth with a marking gauge and used a temporary pencil gauge I made to mark where the angle should start for the raised panels.

The Scouts planed the end grain first and then the long grain, starting with the bottom so they could practice a bit before doing the top which shows. I kept a sharp spokeshave in my pocket to help them out quickly if they got stuck. Once all the boys had raised the bottom on all four sides and the top on three sides, we assembled the boxes with glue and small brads.

The Scouts took about an hour and half to get all that done, but some needed more help than others. One of the other dads that was helping out really liked by L-N 140 skew block plane, so I may have made a hand-tool convert.

All in all a great project for older Webelos Scouts with just the right level of difficulty and a useful item when completed! In previous project we have made nailed together six-board pine boxes with hinged lids and hasps for locks, tool totes from the Scout book, etc, but this was our most difficult project. Kids love boxes to keep their treasures in!

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#1 posted 03-07-2010 01:41 AM

Very nice. I think I will use it. Thanks

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#2 posted 03-07-2010 01:41 AM

nice work!

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#3 posted 03-07-2010 01:44 AM

GREAT! they’ll love it

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#4 posted 03-07-2010 02:21 AM

That’s neat. They are a lucky group of kids, things like that will stay in their memory for life. Well done sir!

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#5 posted 03-07-2010 02:46 AM

Good job for a great bunch.
Nice going !

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#6 posted 03-07-2010 06:55 PM

I love volunteering and donating to small clubs such as boyscouts, fire dept., ect.
Great project for the kids, I bet they had a lot of fun building them. Projects like these give kids confidence in themselves as far as carpentry goes. Some will take it to the next level and become Lumberjocks! Others will love to show off what they did. An addition to this you can also introduce them into knots, Use knot work as handles for the sides, and a carrying handle across top. Depending on their level you may also do boxes with knot work hinges and hasp.

I think the term is rabbits, not dado’s A rabit is a one walled grove. A dado is a grove with two walls.
(ex. Dado’s are good for shelves, when rabbits are good for joints. )

Great work helping the kids stay out of trouble. Thats what I like.

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 05:40 AM

Excellent project to get their interest peaked : )
I might have to make one or two myself !!
It was a pleasure talking to you at the show today and the Scouts are very lucky to have you as their leader !
How old is that ruler in the pictures here ?
I’ve got an old Lufkin folding ruler that I bought way back in the early ‘70’s , but I think you’ve got me beat with this one : )

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