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(note:  this document is still under construction - feel free to comment!)

general

Projects involve dimensional lumber, either from a sawmill or purchased.   No plywood, waferboard or particle board.    Includes construction, cabinetry and fine woodworking.

Power tools, nails, screws are used, but hopefully less than in most construction.   A little more emphasis on good joinery.

Much less glue than most construction these days.  

No paint. possibly some tung oil or linseed oil - but just a little.  A lot of emphasis on untreated wood.

sand badge

wood-burned sign
crappy bird house
lay 10 sticks for decking

straw badge

basic shelves
   - custom sized for a need
   - 8 to 24 inches deep
   - made with 1x
   - screws with pilot holes
   - at least two shelves high
   - at least six feet wide
   - possibly free standing, possibly attached to an existing wall
simple, open toolbox
two step stool
wood box/crate
bench with a back
small deck
   - at least 50 square feet
picnic table

wood badge

knockdown shelves
   - zero glue
   - zero metal
   - mortise, tennon, and pegs
   - 3 shelves tall
   - 2 to 6 feet wide
cutting board
   - zero glue
   - zero metal
   - 2 dovetail spines and pegs
   - inch and a half thick
   - at least 12 inches by 18 inches
   - walnut oil
adirondack chair
rolly shelf
   - at least 8 feet tall
   - at least 3 feet deep
   - at least 6 feet wide
   - very strong base and very strong connection to wheels
mediocre folding chair
good folding chair
simple bed or bunk bed
wood bucket (almost water tight)
   - at least 3 gallons
   - no glue
   - with handle
chest of drawers
   - at least 3 drawers
   - each drawer is at least 12 inches deep, 18 inches wide, 8 inches tall
clever picnic table
   - featuring some type of transformation

iron badge

build a skiddable lumber storage shed
fine floor
   - at least 200 square feet
padded chair frame (see textiles for the rest of the chair)
couch frame (see textiles for the rest of the couch)
wood bucket (water tight)
storage chest
   - lid hinge is all wood - knuckle joint
   - at least 24 inches wide, 14 inches high and 20 inches deep
   - no metal
   - no glue
blanket chest
   - padded seat
   - at least 36 inches wide, at least 20 inches high and 16 inches deep
   - no metal
   - no glue
japanese nested tool box with a hinged lid
   - hinge is all wood - knuckle joint
   - at least 24 inches wide, 14 inches high and 10 inches deep
   - no metal
   - no glue
japanese tool chest (two drawers and one swinging door)
   - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oQClpIeJKI
skiddable structure (pick one)
   - sauna
         o interior at least 5x10 and 7 feet tall
         o seating for 12
         o rocket heater
   - hammock hut
         o no walls
         o broad, strong roof (to hold up hammocks and hammock chairs)
         o floor to hold chairs
         o interior at least 8x16 and 8 feet tall
   - outdoor kitchen
         o at least 3 walls
         o interior at least 6.5x12 and 7 feet tall
         o work surface plus shelves
         o modular design allows portable rocket oven and rocket cook tops to be moved in and out
build a small, rough porta-cabin on skids
   - insulated
   - interior dimension of at least 6.5x11
   - includes a small porch (for one person to sit)
   - at least two windows (that can be opened)
   - door hinges are wood
   - includes an insulated door
   - includes simple bunk beds (possibly as small as “cot size”)
build a larger, nicer porta-cabin
   - interior dimension of at least 8x16
   - includes a porch that can sit two people
   - at least 3 windows (that can be opened)
   - insulated
   - door hinges are wood
   - includes an insulated door
   - includes simple bunk beds
   - much nicer.  less rough.  
final project (pick one)
   - hot tub hut, complete with a water tight wooden hot tub, on skids
   - a magnificent desk with two hidden compartments
   - a magnificent captain’s bed
         o high bed with oodles of drawers underneath
         o at least two hidden compartments
   - other project requiring pre-approval
         o moving parts
         o hidden compartments
         o especially magnificent
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Some thoughts...
Sand badge:
Cut 10 boards squarely to the exact length needed (within 1/64th or better) using chop saw or within 1/16th inch using hand saw
Cut 10 boards to width within 1/8" over their length

Straw badge:
Plane 10 board edges to be smooth and square to the face of the boards and to the desired width within 1/32nd inch
Plane 10 boards flat and to the right thickness within 1/8" (or maybe better)
Make hide glue so you can glue stuff without getting in trouble with Paul

I guess these could be hidden requirements to complete the projects already listed so take them for what they're worth...

Other stuff:

Make a mallet
Make tool handles and install them
Maybe an outhouse/willow feeder as a later project (unless they're considered round wood buildings)
 
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What about disassembling pallets and using the salvaged wood, for sand or straw badge? Looks like a BB hasn't been made for that yet so maybe I'll take a crack at it. Just completed a second table/shelf from pallets I took apart!
 
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Or just building anything out of pallets! E.g. https://permies.com/t/8617/critters/fence-pallets

Maybe disassembly can be a sand badge bit and various builds with pallets can each be sand or straw badge bits (or even a pallet cabin for an iron badge bit).

I built a compost bin 4x4x4 ft. out of pallets, that was a good educational project when I barely knew any woodworking. Now I'm disassembling pallets and building shelves and tables. Sometimes a puzzle to find the right lumber sizes but I think that just makes it an even better learning experience.
 
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R Spencer wrote:What about disassembling pallets and using the salvaged wood, for sand or straw badge? Looks like a BB hasn't been made for that yet so maybe I'll take a crack at it. Just completed a second table/shelf from pallets I took apart!



I would much rather emphasize projects that use the massive excess of wood that we already have here.  

Pallet wood includes the need for NOT using the stuff that has been treated with toxic gick.  Compounded by the problem that "everybody" knows to look out for that, but they always seem to forget when they are picking up the pallets.  Further, there is a petroleum footprint when fetching the pallets - which could be doubled or tripled if you go and they are currently out of pallets.  Further still, it seems that pallet places are picking up on this interest in pallets and starting to charge!

So pallet stuff is a win, in that it is pulling stuff out of the waste stream, but has some downsides which folks like to not mention.  

But with wildfires and people burning mountains of wood in an effort to minimize wildfires, I would prefer to advocate using that wood for a variety of things instead of burning it.  All coupled with a sustainable forestry program, or even better, a permaculture woodland program.





 
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You might want to consider forking this one.  Construction type skills & projects can be very different than furniture.  A person could still gain the same basic skills, but moving up to straw or wood, if you are building a shed that is very different than a chest of drawers.
 
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That's why we have the other badges, like natural building, woodland care and roundwood.
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