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Post by Mark Jones on November 9th 2014, 8:51 am

Earlier in the year we went to the woods and cut down some cedars then resawed that into lumber. It's been drying for 8 months or so and we are ready to put it to use.

The boys will get the advanced Woodworking merit after completing 2 projects. This is project number 1.

Unibox. Pretty sweet project perfect for Adventure Rangers and up.
Here is the scoup on 2012. We will do just about the same on this one. It's easy because there is no measuring. Just stick it on the board and cut it out.
http://readyrangers.tzo.com/2012unibox/Unibox2012.htm

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Post by strods on November 9th 2014, 9:02 am

Earlier this year we had boys recycle pallets into FCF trunks. It worked out pretty well. They used them at both Rendezvous and our Trace, and I do think they are used to store all their Ranger "stuff" at home

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Post by Mark Jones on November 11th 2014, 2:33 pm

That is a good thing to do. Some of our pallets are made of cheap wood others are made out of oak. I am wanting to make boxes with wooden hinges out of ALL oak. One of these days we will get to it.

The boys had fun running the rough sawn cedar boards through the thickness planer last sunday.

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Post by Mark Jones on November 12th 2014, 4:14 pm

I got a chance to look those boards over today. They came out very pretty. As with cedar it takes about 3 boards to come up with 8" of width. So we will joint them and glue them up next meeting.

The jointer is a little tricky so I generally will do the jointing for them. The rest of the tools they will use.

I would like to find a good puzzle box with a hidden latch assembly in it to build. I had one of those growing up and thought it was the coolest thing. Slide a hidden door and push a wooden square button and the box would open.

I have looked at them on the web but most of them are beyond the boys skills. So it maybe a retirement project one day.

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Post by Mark Jones on November 24th 2014, 7:24 am

Well we canceled last week due to snow and this week the boys and I was under the impression we didn't meet last night.

Some times the Church cancels evening services before a major holiday and sometimes they don't.

So I got a call and said hey were having church tonight. So I went in.

NO boys showed up in my age group. We had 4 leaders and 4 boys that are all ER age.

So we jointed those board edges on one side and clamped up about 10 boards for projects and planed some more boards. It was nice having the time to talk with my fellow Commander and give some good council on family.

I guess I will need to get on the horn and call these boys and get them on board again. This hit and miss schedule we have is not condusive to growth that is for sure.

Yet it was a nice break! Woo whoo Rangers!
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Post by Mark Jones on December 1st 2014, 8:57 am

Well. Last night we had 5 leaders and 1 boy. GRIN! In our ER and AR groups. Sr. Commander canceled the meeting for the boys and didn't tell us commanders. (He is in trouble...some of us drove 30 minutes to come in)

The ER young man made a whistle and was quite pleased with himself. He made one out of oak in school a few days ago took him 3 days. This one he made in less than a hour and 15 minutes. I told him to take it to school and show his teacher. It would make him happy that the young man remembered what he was taught and was able to make one on his own. Good job.

I took the opportunity to tape up all the dust collection fittings and make it work well. Also added the dust collection to the table saw. A few more things to tweak. Most of the machines have gates on them now. One of these days will do a video on the system. It works pretty well.

I doubt we will get these unaboxes made by Christmas. I had 5 weeks originally now we are down to 3. We could do it if they get busy.

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Post by Mark Jones on December 8th 2014, 8:23 am

Burger and Babes shot us down again last night. Youth has been having some great draws for sure. We need to get some of these girls over into rangers so we can at least compete. GRIN!

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Post by Phillip Gross on December 8th 2014, 11:33 pm

So are you in the GIR camp?
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Post by Mark Jones on December 9th 2014, 6:59 am

Yes at least for the youth age. Burgers and Babes. is a combination I can't even come close to the aspects of DRAW!

Now if they allow girls in to Rangers I can give the youth a lot of options rather than just hanging out and being cool.

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