Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 24
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H A N D I C
At least once a year the Troop needs some sort
^ of a handicraft project — not handicraft for
the sake of making something, but making some-
thing that is needed or useful.
Among the many things that may be made as part
of a Troop handicraft project is a pack frame. Even
if a Scout has a knapsack, a frame is still practical.
For a pack frame will carry as much or as little as
may be needed, and once used becomes a favorite
type of pack with many boys.
C. E. Gregg, a former District Commissioner in
Schenectady, N. Y., has developed a variation of the
famous Dimond-O. He uses plywood in a way that
makes a strong and very light frame.
The easiest way to make this frame on a Troop
basis is to buy in quantity, and look for a school
or basement shop where the parts may be pre-
fabricated. For example, one 4' x 8' piece of V\"
plywood will provide the makeup of twenty-four
pack frames. Cut the plywood sheet in half, length-
wise. Then from one of the 2' x 8' pieces cut: three
pieces 2" x 24" long and two pieces Vz" x 24" long
for each frame. One of the 2" x 24" pieces may be
cut up by Scouts into pieces A, B and C in the
illustration. The other two 2" x 24" pieces will be
uprights D, and the Vz" x 24" pieces will be E.
Crosspiece F may be ash, oak, or hard maple and
■must be bought in addition to the plywood.
The most difficult part of the frame is bending
piece F and gluing pieces E to D. The illustration
shows how to bend F around block nailed to a
board and held with clamps. The wood is soaked
or steamed for one-half hour first, and should dry
for three days. Casco or other waterproof glue
should be used to fasten E to D, and string may
be used to hold them together for two days until
the glue hardens.
Webbing for shoulder straps and bands H may
be obtained from mail order houses or furniture
repair store.:; other hardware is obtainable at mail
order, hardware, luggage repair, and boat supply
Crosspiece B may be raised cr lowered as de-
sirable, to adjust for height of Scout and personal
When completed, stain and varnish entire frame
to protect it.
/.JST OF MAT£fi/ALS „0
A-PLYWOOD - 1
F - ASH
G- SHOULDER STRAPS
H-WEB BELT (HEAVY)
I -BRASS STRAPS 26X3
J -D- RINGS
K -COPPER RIVETS'
'AK'/x X24 -2
D R/MG AND
HEAVY WEB BELT
METHOD OF BENDING F' AFTER STEAMING
(ON BOAR.O 7-8"tVI0f X /&"~20"LONG)
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