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Baloo's Bugle

October Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 3

Hometown Heroes
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
 Tiger Cub Big Ideas 3 & 4




Greater St. Louis Area Council
(Couldn’t find a pattern for this, so if you are good at free hand drawing, good luck!!)


Musical Bear


One round touch-tone music box, router, 1/2 yard 1/8 inch wide satin ribbon, craft glue, Medium flesh acrylic paint, soft cloth, 15 inches of 1"X10" pine, band saw, Four #3 finishing nails, 2" diameter pom-pom, black acrylic paint, White acrylic paint, tack cloth, sandpaper, walnut stain, paint brushes, Satin spray sealer, sponge brushes, graphite paper, pencil or stylus


 Bear sits about 8 1/2" high.  Transfer patterns to wood with graphite paper and pencil or stylus.  Cut out pieces with band saw, cutting in at neck where indicated on pattern.  Route a hole half-way through bear body where indicated on pattern.  Sand all edges smooth.   Remove sanding dust with tack cloth.  Nail feet in position.

Using sponge brush, stain entire bear with walnut stain.  Wipe off with clean rag to achieve desire color.  When dry, paint muzzle, inside of ears and pads on feet with Medium Flesh.  Two coats may be necessary.


Using detail brush and Black, paint eyes, nose, mouth, and detail lines.  To highlight, add small white dot in each eye and a tiny comma on the nose with White.


When dry, spray with satin sealer.  Glue music box into routed space and glue pom-pom on top of box.  Tie ribbon around bear's neck.


Pocketknife Holder
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Materials: Craft strip lacing, leather punch, vinyl or leather, rubber cement


 Cut two pieces of vinyl or leather - the first the full size of the pattern shown, and the second just bottom half, up to the dotted line.


Cut two slits on bottom half, as illustrated.  You may wish to create your own pattern to tool into the leather or put your initials on it.

If you wish to carry the holder on your belt, cut two slits marked by the dotted lines. 

Lightly glue the bottom halves together (around sides and bottom), using rubber cement.

Punch holes an equal distance apart all around the sides and bottom.

Lace through the holes, starting at the top of one side and ending on the opposite side.

Your knife fits into the pocket and the top fits into the two slits to keep the holder closed.


Desk Organizers
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Can't find a pencil when you need one?  Need an envelope, fast?  Sounds like this is just what you need to help organize yourself.  They're quick and easy to make and can be as small or as large as you want, depending on your needs and the size of your desk


A single piece of hand rail makes a super simple organizer.  Drill as many holes as you need, with the size depending on what kind of pens and pencils you use.  The width of the envelope slots will depend on whether you stick a single envelope in it or a group of them.  One wider slot for your address book might be a good idea, too.  Cut the depth of the slots about 3/4" of the way through the hand rail.


This handy little organizer is just a group of uprights sitting on a piece of lumber.  The uprights are made from either casing or base molding.  How many to use and how far apart to put them again depends on your needs.



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