November 2001 Cub Scout
Volume 8, Issue 4|
Works of Art
Webelos Craftsman & Scientist
Tiger Cub Big Idea 5
San Francisco Bay
Working With Tin And Metal
Cub Scout metal projects can be divided into three
1. Those with cans and aluminum plates
2. Those with lids and sheet metal
3. Those with wire.
Projects with cans generally require such tools as can
opening, "church keys", pliers, punch and maybe a hammer.
These projects include bird feeders, planters and hobo stoves.
Advanced projects would include cutting the can with snips to make candle
holders, drinking cups and biscuit or donut cutters.
Projects with frozen orange juice lids or "kerr"
lids usually require only a hammer and punch or nail. Here a design is made by denting the metal.
These projects include Christmas tree ornaments, tie slides, necklace or
Projects with wire or coat hangers usually require pliers,
a bending board and a pair of hands. These
projects include wiener forks, hanging planters, mobiles and sculpture.
It would be a good idea to have any cutting with snips done
and any sharp places removed with a file before the boys arrive.
Most boys are not strong enough to cut metal thicker than a postcard.
They will probably cut themselves on the sharp edges while they struggle.
Even metal from TV dinner plates and pop cans is very sharp and would be
better cut by an adult.
You need to plan and prepare for a good project. You will
probably have to do part of the work before the meetings.
This is done to insure the boys can finish during the meeting and to
avoid tasks too difficult for the boys.
You will need enough tools for each boy or risk one
becoming a trouble maker. If you are short on the number of tools, have
something else for the others to do, or have some use the pliers while others
use the hammers.
No matter what craft you are doing, always have an example
of the finished project.
Heart of America
Craftsman Activity Badge requires the use of hand tools.
Since the requirements take much more time than
be allocated to den meetings learning the proper use of tools is important.
A dad who is a wood working hobbyist can demonstrate the
use of tools. Have a variety of
tools and materials on hand so the Webelos can practice using them.
(Extra dads can be a big help at this meeting.)
or hand drill
the Webelos aware of the hazards in working
with tools and use the
proper safeguards, gloves or eye protection when appropriate.
A simple project such as a birdhouse or bookends using precut parts is a good
starter. Have the Webelos assemble them
in a step by step-by-step procedure as they follow you or a den dad.
for projects are given in the Webelos Scout Book, Crafts for Cub Scouts No.
3843, Cub Scout Fun Book No. 3215, Skits and Puppets No. 3842, Webelos Den
Activities No. 3853 and Boys’ Life. Your den may want to start a plans file so
over the years a greater variety of projects
can be available for succeeding dens. Projects
in the craftsman can also help in other activity badges.
catapult is an example or the Webelos may make an electric motor or steam
turbine by using tin. The painting
or decorating of a wooden toy or game encompasses some of the requirements of
the Artist or the building of a puppet stage for Showman.
Small pieces of good wood can usually be
available from cabinet shops
or millworks for the asking.
always in Cub Scouting, if someone helps the den or pack, present them
with an appreciation certificate.
cans be substituted for tin and is much easier to work
(the edges not as sharp as tin). Most
“do it yourself’ stores have the lighter gauge sheets that are
satisfactory for most uses. Model railroad
supply houses have some sheet metal (brass and aluminum) tubing and extrusions
that are rather expensive
but may be just what is needed for a special project.
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