Helping a future Eagle Scout

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Project by Tooch posted 03-01-2014 08:05 PM 1345 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some neighbors from up at camp have a son who is trying to be an eagle scout. For his big project, he wanted to make a trail through the woods around his church and hang up plaques for the ”Stations of the Eucharist.” Now I grew up Roman Catholic, but I never heard of the Stations of the Eucharist… I guess its a thing?

Anyhow, the family is more of a “white collar” family, and they don’t own or have access to a lot of tools, so when the boy asked for help on this project this passed deer season I couldn’t say no. I designed these cases and cut out all of the pieces from 5/4” PT decking. Being that he needed 14 of these cases, I made sure to maximize the materials and designed them so we could build 2 out of one 8’ piece of lumber.

I ripped down the boards and cut all the dados at work, and he came up (from out of town) this weekend and we assembled them together. I got to show him how to use a nail gun, and could tell he had a sense of accomplishment when we we done.

The pictures are as follows:
1. All of the stations (14 total) lined up.
2. The “kits” that I made at school ready to be assembled
3. Keegan putting glue in the dados
4. Assembling the kit (with help from his dad)
5. nailing it together (note: pic was taken after the fact, safety glasses were being worn at the time)
6. all lined up again!

Now that my part is done, I can relax. On the other hand, Keegan has to dig out 14 holes for the posts that these are going to be attached too!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 03-01-2014 09:19 PM

Those sure came out nice…
As someone who, many years ago, made some similar “Stations of the Cross”,
I just wanted to remind you to put a good outdoors finish on these if they’re going to be outside.
Living in Colorado, it only took a few years before ours needed a complete refinishing.
The weather likes to take its toll.
Anyways, congrats on a job well done!

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#2 posted 03-01-2014 09:27 PM

I’m not Catholic, but, as a longtime Scouter and father of an Eagle (he’s 25 now, but once an Eagle, always an Eagle), I want to thank you for helping on this project.

-- Dave K.

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#3 posted 03-01-2014 09:54 PM

Well done Tooch! It’s a good feeling when you can help the young ones. Lots of work well worth the effort!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 03-02-2014 10:43 AM

That is really cool. Love the design that you came up with. That is awesome that you helped the young man, and Im sure he will always remember it, and def be very proud of yalls project. Congrats to you and the young man.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#5 posted 03-02-2014 11:23 AM

It’s always good to get the younger folks interested in this stuff. Just get some safety glasses on him.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#6 posted 03-02-2014 03:24 PM

Outstanding frames!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 03-02-2014 03:33 PM

There you go… Paying It Forward in it’s finest hour!

A big salute to you Sir!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#8 posted 03-04-2014 02:20 PM

Awesome, thanks for sharing.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#9 posted 03-04-2014 03:52 PM

Very cool and thanks for helping a young kid out. That is truly how the hobby is passed on to the next generation. He will always remember it.

-- Pat-Indianapolis

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#10 posted 03-04-2014 09:21 PM

A great project nice design and a wonderful thing to do for a young boy his project. I am sure he will always remember what you have done for him by agreeing to help with his project….well done.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#11 posted 03-05-2014 12:44 PM

Great job! (and the frames look good too!)

-- ~ T.J. Hudson Valley, NY. It's all fun & games until somebody loses an eye!

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#12 posted 03-15-2014 04:31 AM

excellent work on these…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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