Arrow of Light awards for Pack 29

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Project by DrDirt posted 03-30-2014 04:12 AM 3463 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Seems it is that time of year – also bitter sweet as now my youngest has finished cub scouts and crossed over to boy scouts.
Got to make the 3 plaques for the boys in Pack 29

Looking forward for him to do activities with his older brother, who is a life scout, working on the last few eagle required badges before “THE FUMES” change his focus

The Fumes -
Car-Fumes and Perfumes….shift the teenagers interest away from camping with the guys.

Very simple project – just made 5/8 thick cherry plaques with an Ogee profile.

Finished with 3 coats of Deft Brushing lacquer, sprayed with my cheapo Harbor freight gravity feed 20oz Gravity feed gun

The arrows are held with brass cup hooks, crimped to keep the arrow from falling out.

The boards are 26X8.

I wanted the board to be as long as the arrow, when we did my oldest’s plaque, it was narrower, and I decided that don’t like the arrow hanging off the end. (last photos with arched top)
They were also done in Oak. I made those back in 2010 – for the den, 5 boys

A note that if you want any detail from laser engraving, avoid a heavy grained wood like oak. We had the individual badges (Bobcat, Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelo) laser engraved, and they don’t come out so well (last image). Cherry, maple, other more uniform woods work much better.

Last shot is my oldest welcoming in my youngest to Troop2 at crossover – with a new neckerchief

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 04:36 AM

FANTASTIC! Next you’ll be doing “Order of the Arrow” after they get 20 nights of camping and selected by their peers.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 04:50 AM

Indeed Handtooler – - My oldest was tapped out for OA in 2012, and tribe of golden eagle at Camp Hansen last summer, so my youngest will have someone looking out for him/pushing him this June at his first week long summer camp as boy scout.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 11:33 AM

Very good. Those boys, young men are our future. Teach them well.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 01:12 PM

The engraved lettering is great! Very nice plaques. My son finished his Eagle in ‘09. Hard to believe it was 5 yrs ago! Enjoy this time with them…

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#5 posted 03-30-2014 01:57 PM

“The Fumes”...ain’t it the truth.
Mine grew up lightening fast.
Great plaques.
They came out really nice.
Something to cherish.
The last picture is worth more then a 1000 words.
Good job dad.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#6 posted 03-30-2014 04:46 PM

Thanks for the kind thoughts guys… It is like a grateful dead song ‘truckin’

What a long strange trip it’s been

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 01:15 AM

Congratulations !!! Wonderful memories.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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