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To earn this badge the boys must complete 10 craft projects. There is no way these can all be completed at den meeting, so here is a chance to involve the parents. Have the boys get help from their fathers at home. You can also enlist the help of the fathers in furnishing tools to be used during den meeting.

Ideas for Den Meetings

- List tools needed to complete badge

-Visit cabinet shop, unfinshed furniture shop, or lumber yard

-Make a tool chest or bench hook for sawing

-Have a birdhouse building project

-Invite someone to give a demonstration on the safe use of tools

For Materials

-Ask your lumber yard for scrap lumber they are going to throw away

Ask carpet companies for carpet scraps which are to be discarded

-Auto upholstery companies will sometimes give you plastic scraps left over from seat covers.

-Check with cabinet shops for scrap pieces of lumber, molding, etc.

Mineral Collection BookEnds

The Great Whidgit Whatchamacallit and Thingamajig Idea Book By Sue Thomas and Betsy Warren, Greater St. Louis Area Council

Your rocks and minerals collection will probably have some beautiful pieces which you can put to use in a pair of book ends. Try to have pieces as identical possible to match up each bookend.

The right-angle wood base is made of 3/4"wood, the base measuring 4 3/4' square, the upright piece 4 3/4"x5 1/4". These are simply nailed together to become your form.

The plaster is made by stirring 1 1/4 cups of plaster of Paris into a cupful of water in an old pan. When the mixture starts to thicken it is spooned immediately on the plaster form, building it up the back. Then a second batch of plaster is mixed in the same proportions and the form is built up further.

Press you specimens, foliage, figurines, etc., into this second layer before it hardens completely. You will have to work pretty fast. After a few hours you can slide the bookend off the wood base, peel back the foil and lift the bookend off. At this point, break off any thin irregular projections of the plaster for these will only crumble off later. After allowing a week for thorough drying, glue felt to bottom by applying glue on plaster first, then when that dries, add a second layer and a layer of glue on the left.

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