Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Boys Life Binders
Re: Boys Life Binders
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 03:00:06 -0600
>gdtester <gdtester@EROLS.COM> wrote and asked:
>>Years ago I saw an add for binders to keep Boys Life and Scout
>>Mag. in. There also was a craft project to make your own. Does
>>anyone remember either?
>Yep. The binders for BL and _Scouting_ are STILL available from
>the Editorial Division of the BSA; just write to them and they'll
>send you information on how to get them. They run somewhere
>between for and seven dollars a piece.
>The older _Boys_Life_ had a craft project to make your own using
>clothes hangers, two hinges, wood screws and strips of wood.
>have a pattern, but given some time, I could probably find the
>article or at least someone that remembers it.
I couldn't find the BL article in the stuff I have here, but I do
remember making one using the cheaper clothes hangers, two metal
hinges, wood screws and three strips of wood. I've thought about
making some myself....
Use a pattern from a large (I would use a 2 or 3 inch) binder to
cut the pieces of scrap wood. I remember my original project
(which my mom tossed with other Scouting and childhood things when
I went off to college), was done in pine (soft, easy to sand down
and easy to stain) scraps from Shop class.
First, take the middle section (the spine) and attach a piece of
masking tape to the top and then drill eight holes in the center
part of the tape. After drilling the holes, remove the tape and
reattach it to the bottom of the spine; you should have evened
holes to match the top. Drill those holes using the "pattern".
Next, screw the wood screws into the wood but NOT ALL THE WAY.
Leave about an eighth to a quarter of an inch out.
Next, cut the wire hangers so that the bottom end and about one
half of an inch of the two sides are left. Attach the wire hanger
to the wood screws and tighten the screws around the wire tightly
all the way downward. Do the same for the other seven sets of
Stain and sand the wood pieces down to taste. Once dried, attach
the two sets of hinges to the sides of the "spine" and to the
insides of the "book" with wood screws.
Once dried, you're ready to attach the BLs or other publications to
the wire: open the publication up to the center, and then slide one
half of the publication into and through the wire so that the wire
becomes the "center point" of that publication.
It holds eight issues or publications.
Those are the best explainations of how I did it; I can't find the
BL which has a better explaination (and illustrations!!) of how to
do it, but it could be a great project for Cubs (where I learned to
do it) or Scouts (maybe as part of the Woodworking or Metalwork
merit badges (or both!) ).
It's times like this that makes me miss Middle School Shop class,
and the craft shops on military bases..where you can go in, buy the
wood, and use their tools to make some GREAT stuff for your home!
What bookcases would I make!! *smiling*
I hope this helps you and others wanting to know....
(c) 1999 Mike Walton ("no such thing as strong coffee,...") firstname.lastname@example.org
http://www.mninter.net/~blkeagle Burnsville, MN 55306-7130 (612) 435-3068
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