Bill's Unofficial Cub Scout Roundtable
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The activities included in the Craftsman section of the Webelos book help the boys grasp a basic understanding of using hand tools while building something from scratch. As a Webelos den leader this leaves you with a lot of flexibility in helping the kids come up with ideas for FUN projects to build.
The key word here is FUN.
If the project is not fun the kids will not participate and you will likely never finish. and remember these kids are 4th and 5th graders and do not yet have the skill level or attention span necessary to build a work of art.
They will require a lot of one on one attention during these activities. The best advise for you is to BE PREPARED for each den meeting and have a lot of help. If you decide to build these projects during the den meeting I suggest that you have everything set up and ready before the boys show up. Most project will take a minimum of 1 hour to complete.
The Webelos Scout Helps set a side both November and December for the Craftsman activity badge. Your best friends during this time are the boys parents. Who can resist a trip down to the local hardware store to get just the right tool for the job. Remember also that these projects are just in time for Christmas.
There are a lot of suggestions in the Webelos book for easy to medium hard projects. Experience has shown that boys this age are very eager to start cutting, hammering and gluing but don't know how to use the tools properly. Most of these young men have never used a coping saw or hammer before. Begin by explaining how to safely use the tools that you will need to do the project. Next demonstrate on a scrap piece of wood or plastic how to properly use each one. You will be very surprised to see how hard it really is to use a coping saw, if not properly done. This demonstration will save you a lot of time later on when the boys begin cutting on their projects. Let each boy try it on the scrap wood.
Circle 10 Council
"I hold in my hand a pocket knife. This is a valuable tool
because it can be used for many useful things. It is a
dependable tool as long as the blade is kept sharp and free
from rust, and the working parts are in good condition. If
it is neglected and becomes dull and rusty, it will become
Two boys are taking nails out of a box.
One keeps throwing nails away.
"Why are you throwing all those nails away? They're perfectly good."
"The heads are on the wrong end!"
"Silly, those nails are for the other side of the house!"
Cut bottom from 3/4 inch pine and six sides from 1/4-inch scrap. Drill holes in side pieces as shown.
Thread 30 inch shoelace around the top as shown. Then pound nails in securely. Shellac or paint.
Cut 2 inch wide strips from a tin can. Smooth sharp edges with file and emery paper. i
Use grid method to enlarge Pedro pattern to about 7-by-6 inches.
POT HOLDER BOARD
Use scrap wood about 1-by-4-by-12 inches, L-shaped cup hooks, and picture hooks.
A simple project for the Craftsman activity badge. Fasten jar lids with screws to the underside of a workbench shelf. Screw jars into lids. Can be used to hold nails, screws, washers, bolts, etc.
1 dowel, 4' long, 1" diameter,
Cut the dowel into slices about 1 1/2" thick, using the table saw. Sand any rough edges.
Lay a piece of waxed paper on the working surface. It can be easily removed from the trivet after the glue has dried. Begin gluing the slices together as shown in the picture. When glue has dried, pull away waxed paper and cut the felt piece to fit the back of the trivet. Glue in place.
Leather crafting is a hobby that many boys may carry into adulthood. It is best to start with simple projects like key chains and coasters and let the boys work their way up to more difficult items such as wallets or belts.
Look in the yellow pages for leather crafting supply stores near you. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Dampen leather with a sponge for ease of tooling, but don't have it dripping wet.
Have the boys draw a design on paper before starting. They can trace the design onto their piece of leather with an awl.
Let the boys practice with their tools on scrap leather first.
Leather stains or acrylic paints will give projects added dimension.
Put a wood board under each boy's leather piece while he is working
Greater St. Louis Area Council