|Project by bko||posted 03-07-2010 01:06 AM||4487 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
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!