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Project by yambo1 posted 157 days ago 1237 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son asked me to build a bridge for their Cub Scout Pack to use for their crossover ceremony. This is the end result. The Emerald Ash Bore had killed all of the ash trees on my sisters property so I found a sawyer with a portable mill to come to the location and cut some wood for me. This is my first major project using the wood. Each plank has one of the Boy Scout Laws routed into the surface which I then painted black. During the crossover ceremony the older Boy Scouts “build” the bridge by describing each law then laying the plank onto the arched platform. The Cub Scouts are then invited to cross the bridge by the Soutmaster. My son wanted the bridge to be easily assembled and disassembled so I turned some large wooden bolts (close up in photo 5) to lock in the railing supports and also hold the railing onto the uprights.
The woods in the background are where the ash trees originally stood. I also made the easel to hold the planks prior to the building of the bridge.

-- Yale





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Scott R. Turner

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#1 posted 157 days ago

Wonderful idea and great execution. That’s a lucky Cub Scout troop!

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stefang

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#2 posted 157 days ago

Very nicely done project and a great ceremony for the boys. I’m sure they will never forget it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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BPatterson

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#3 posted 157 days ago

Very nice project!! Its interesting to see how different troops do the crossover ceremony. My troop used to build an A-frame rope bridge that the boys would walk accross. This looks like it would take much less set up before the ceremony and is definitely a lot safer. =)

-- Brandon ~ Aim Small, Miss Small

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helluvawreck

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#4 posted 157 days ago

That’s a wonderful project for a great organization. Well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DrDirt

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#5 posted 157 days ago

Nice Project, I built a similar bridge some years ago for our pack, but without the writing on the bridge treads.

-- "If we did all the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astonish ourselves." Edison

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