Step 7: Scout meeting - what to bring

Materials required per tool box:
  One 1”x 2”x 12” board. This will be the tool box handle.
  Two 1”x 4” x12” boards. These will be the long sides of the tool box.
  One 1”x 4” x12” board. The one marked in the middle to be cut in half. These will be the tall sides.
  One 1”x 4”x 10-1/2” board. This will be the bottom of the box.
  Fourteen 1-3/8” ring shank drywall nails.

Tools required for the scouts:
  Sanding block or sanding sponge (medium grit). One per 2 scouts.
  Coping saw. One per 4 scouts.
  C-clamp (2-1/2” or larger). One per 4 scouts.
  Glue gun. One per 4 scouts.
  Glue stick for glue gun. One stick per tool box.
  Hammer. One per 2 scouts.
<p>To strengthen the handle, we made it shorter so it fits between the uprights, and is held in place with a screw through each end into the handle from each side. Adding screws to the project let the kids learn to use screw drivers in addition to hammering nails. I pre-drilled holes for the screws and nails, and cut half way through the board, so our second graders were able to cut the rest of the way with a hand saw. Since mostly moms show up to the den, this was appreciated. Thanks for publishing this great project here. It was a life saver.</p>
I remember building one of these in Cub Scouts.
Oh, also...have them &quot;break&quot; all the long edges with sandpaper, especially the handle, to help prevent splinters.
As a woodworker myself, I'm concerned about the use of nails into end-grain for the handle. This is a triple whammy. End grain, nails, soft wood. That connection will eventually fail unless this is just left on a shelf. <br> <br> I realize this is a kid project, but a handle that easily separates from the box while the child is trying to carry stuff is going to be discouraging. And depending what's in it, might make for a mess or injury. <br> <br>There's not many easy kid-doable things that can be done to beef up this connection. But even using some glue for the handle will help a little. That joint can use any help available. <br> <br>I think someone else suggested real wood (PVA) glue, that would help this butt joint, even if not clamped. Titebond I and II will give about 5 minutes of &quot;open&quot; time. Titebond III will give 8. Plenty of time to get positioned and nailed. It's not stringy and cleans up with water. And it's even safer than using a hot glue gun.
Nice, simple project and perfectly age-appropriate for younger Cub Scouts. I will be doing this with my Wolves on Tuesday night, I will let you know how it goes. One change I made is that I will be using carpenter's glue instead of hot glue, as some others have suggested. Great idea, simple and low-cost - I was able to get my cost under $3 per box.
nice work, but yes the glue.. <br>u will bwegreat in time
Nice work! Instead of the hot glue melt gun try wood glue or carpenters glue in your next wood projects.
Wood glue would be stronger, but hot glue sets faster.... much easier for kids!
Very nice, you have goo skills.

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