Paul’s PCS Boxes & Benches

Project Overview
My Eagle Scout Service Project consists of the construction of two cedar planter boxes and two cedar benches with small planter boxes on either side. 
 
The main goal of this project is to beautify the entrance of the school as it is very bland and appears to be more of an office building then a school. This will give the school a more positive appearance. It will also provide outdoor seating for students during the day and create a community space for the parents waiting for students after school.
 
My work sessions will be held at Mr. Reed’s workshop on specified weekend dates and times which will be announced at Monday meetings. 
 
Sessions

Session 1 – Purchasing the Wood and Materials
3/10/2012
Description:  We managed to purchase all of the necessary materials by going to both Home Depot and Lowes.  This was not originally planned, as it was hoped that Home Depot would have all necessary materials in stock, but we managed to purchase all of the remaining materials needed at Lowes.  At Lowes, we decided to change the plans for the siding of the boxes because we noticed that they had tongue and groove 1″ x 6″ x 8′ pieces of cedar wood.  This change will improve the appearance of the boxes by giving them a more professional appearance.  Home Depot and Lowes each generously gave a 10% discount on the purchasing of my materials. 
Hours
 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
 Paul D  9:00 am  11:45 am  Purchasing wood and Materials
 Mr. Reed   9:00 am  11:45 am  Purchasing wood and Materials
 Mark R

  9:00 am  11:45 am  Purchasing wood and Materials
 Mrs. DiPippo   9:00 am  11:45 am  Purchasing wood and Materials
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION:  11 Hours
 

Session 2 – Preparing the Wood
3/17/2012
Description:  We managed to cut all pieces of wood to the original specified plans with a couple pieces of wood as extra. There were 4-5 scouts the whole time, excluding myself, and they were productive and kept on task for the whole time they were working.  Before each of the scouts began work on my project, I explained to them the safety precautions that needed to be taken which were to be aware at all times what is going on in the workshop, and that only the adults would be allowed to handle the power tools.  Permission slips were collected when the scouts arrives at the work session.  A change in plans that will occur based on the cutting done today, is that we realized that the tongue and grooved wood would cause the side walls would be slightly shorted and the side rails will have to be cut an additional 3/4″ to accommodate the situation.  The scouts main job was to sand the edges that were cut by the power tool.  I used the EDGE method by explaining to them what parts to specifically sand, demonstrating how to properly sand those edges, and then observed them sanding to make sure that they were sanding properly.  Because the scouts worked efficiently, we were able to get done in about 30 minutes ahead of the planned schedule.
Hours
 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
 Paul D 12:00 pm  3:30 pm Managed Scouts and Oversaw the Process of Cutting 
 Mr. Reed 12:00 pm  3:30 pm Used Power Tools to Cut Wood and Helped with Experience
 Mark R 12:00 pm 3:30 pm Assisted in Sanding and Organization of Wood
 Mrs. DiPippo 12:00 pm   3:30 pm  Took Pictures and Provided Adult Supervision
 Nick B 12:00 pm   3:30 pm  Assisted in Sanding and Organization of Wood
 Suveer B 12:30 pm  1:40 pm   Assisted in Sanding and Organization of Wood
 Jackson G 12:45 pm   3:30 pm  Assisted in Sanding and Organization of Wood
 Philip T 12:45 pm  3:30 pm  Assisted in Sanding and Organization of Wood
Mr. DiPippo 1:15 pm  3:30 pm Provided Adult Supervision
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION:  26 Hours 35 Minutes

Session 3 – Constructing the Walls
3/18/2012

Description:  We managed to exceed the expected goal which was to construct all of the walls.  We completed the construction of all the walls, and, in addition, managed to drill all of the bolt holes in the legs and partially assembled one of the small bench end boxes.  We also shortened and sanded all of the pieces that needed to be cut, due to the shorter length of the tongue and groove siding.  There were 2-4 scouts the whole time, excluding myself, and they were productive and kept on task for the whole time they were working.  Before each of the scouts began work on my project, I collected their permission slips and explained to them the safety precautions that needed to be taken which were to be aware at all times what is going on in the workshop.  When we assembled the smaller box, I realized that the bench slats would need to also be slender because their width is too big for the newly shortened box railing.  I again used the EDGE method to demonstrate the proper technique needed to sand the cut edges and to assemble the siding.

Hours

 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
Paul D 11:20 am  3:45 pm Managed Scouts and Oversaw the Wall Assembly Process
Mr. Reed 11:20 am 3:45 pm Used Power Tools to Drill Holes into Legs and  Helped with Experience
Mark R 11:50 am 3:30 pm Assisted in Drilling of Holes and Wall Assembly
Mrs. Reed 11:20 am 1:00 pm  Provided Adult Supervision
Austin B 11:50 am 3:30 pm Assisted in Wall Assembly and Additional Sanding of Wood
Suveer B 11:50 am 1:00 pm  Assisted in Wall Assembly and Additional Sanding of Wood
Yasin 11:45 am 1:50 pm Assisted in Wall Assembly and Additional Sanding of Wood
Mr. DiPippo 1:00 pm 3:45 pm Provided Adult Supervision and Took Pictures
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION:  23 Hours 50 Minutes
 
 

Session 4 – Assembling the Smaller Boxes
3/24/2012

Description:  As usual, the session began with me collecting permissions slips from the participating scouts and reviewing safety conditions.  There were 2-4 scouts the whole time, excluding myself.  The original goal for the day was to assemble all six of the boxes, however, halfway through the session, we realized this goal was overambitious and instead, we were only able to complete the four smaller boxes.  This was still a very productive workday because we managed to outline how vary efficient ways to speed up the construction of the boxes which is shown by the first two boxes taking a total of two and a half hours to complete while last two only took one hour.  One way we made the process more efficient was that instead of having the scouts hold the boxes steady while Mr. Reed was drilling pilot holes, we used clamps to hold the box together, which made it much more accurate and take much less time.  Assembling the last two boxes at the next work session, because we have already attached the trim pieces to the walls in today’s work session.

Hours

 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
Paul D 12:00 pm  4:00 pm Managed Scouts and Oversaw the Box Assembly Process
Mr. Reed 12:00 pm 4:00 pm Used Power Tools to Drill Holes into Legs and  Helped with Experience
Mark R 12:00 pm 4:00 pm Assisted in Drilling of Holes and Box Assembly
Nick B 12:00 pm 4:00 pm Assisted in Box Assembly
Jackson G 12:00 pm 3:00 pm  Assisted in Box Assembly
Yasin 12:15 pm 2:45 pm Assisted in Box Assembly
Mrs. DiPippo 12:00 pm 4:00 pm Provided Adult Supervision and Took Pictures
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION:  25 Hours 30 Minutes
 
Session 5 – Assembling the Larger Boxes and Bench Frames
3/25/2012

Description:  Today our goal was to finish all construction that is not going to be done at the Charter School.  We managed to achieve this goal and plan on how we will construct the remaining pieces on site.  The construction that was done today included assembling the two larger planter boxes and constructing the two bench frames.  Constructing the larger planter boxes took about one hour because we already knew how to construct it efficiently based on the experience with the smaller planter boxes.  Assembling the bench frames took a little longer than expected because we had to first make sure they fit the sides, which required about an 1/8 of an inch cut on the bench support ends.  We decided to, instead of fully attaching the bench frame on site, we instead attached the bench frames to the boxes but will unscrew the screws attaching the frames to the box, before transportation.  This will simplify things on site, because we will already have the pilot holes drilled and have the locations for the screws set up.  The next step is to sand and waterproof the boxes, but after that session, all that should remain is the final transportation and assembly of the boxes.

Hours

 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
Paul D 12:40 pm  4:00 pm Managed Scouts and Others Oversaw the Box Assembly Process
Mr. Reed 12:40 pm 4:00 pm Used Power Tools to Drill Holes into Legs and Frame.  Helped with Experience
Mark R 12:40 pm 4:00 pm Assisted in Drilling of Holes and Frame Assembly
Jesie S 12:40 pm 3:35pm Assisted in Box and Frame Assembly
Mrs. DiPippo 12:40 pm 4:00 pm Provided Adult Supervision and Took Pictures
 Mr. DiPippo      3:30 pm  4:00 pm Provided Adult Supervision and helped hold bench frame
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION: 16  Hours 45  Minutes
 
Session 6 – Sanding and Staining the Constructed Boxes and Bench Frames
4/3/2012

Description: Today was the final work session that would include scouts outside of me, my family, and the Reeds.  Our goal, which was easily achieved in the time given, was to sand all edges, as a safety measure to prevent cuts and splinters, and to weatherproof all of the boxes and bench frames.   As usual, the session began with the collection of permission slips and review of safety issues that would need to taken in the situation of sanding and weatherproofing.  At this session I had younger scouts, including a scout just starting out and a second year scout.  This allowed me to demonstrate more leadership toward these younger scouts, instead of teaching older scouts who already have experience doing similar tasks at previous Eagle projects.  I managed to use the EDGE method, allowing them to learn how to correctly sand and weatherproof.  While I had the scouts working on the weatherproofing of the boxes, I had Mr. Reed and Mark cut the cloth lining to the correct sizes so that we would be prepared to attach them at the next work session.  I had originally planned on having more workers than actually showed up, but the workers that attended worked efficiently with no idle time wasted, allowing us to complete the tasks 30 minutes ahead of schedule.  All that remains to complete my Eagle project is to transport the boxes and frames to the Charter School where the benches will be attached to the box ends and where the cloth lining will be stapled into the boxes. 

Hours:

 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
Paul D 12:00 pm 3:30 pm Managed Scouts and Others Oversaw the Sanding and Weatherproofing Process
Mr. Reed 12:00 pm 3:15 pm Measured and Cut Cloth Lining Pieces.  Helped with Experience and Provided Adult Supervision
Mark R 12:00 pm 3:15 pm Helped with Sanding and Weatherproofing
Kathryn D 12:00 pm     1:45 pm  Helped with Sanding and Weatherproofing
Mrs. DiPippo 12:00 pm 1:45 pm Helped with Sanding and Took Pictures 
Nathan S 12:00 pm 3:15 pm Helped with Sanding and Weatherproofing
Robert S 12:10 pm 3:15 pm Helped with Sanding and Weatherproofing
Akil S 12:20 pm 3:00 pm Helped with Sanding and Weatherproofing
Mr. DiPippo 1:00 pm 3:30 pm Helped with Weatherproofing and Provided Adult Supervision
Naveen B 2:35 pm  3:15 pm Helped with Weatherproofing
 
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION: 25  Hours 40  Minutes

 

Session 7 – Final Project Work Session – Attachment of Cloth Lining and Transportation of Boxes
4/14/2012

Description: Today I completed the final session of my Eagle Service Project.  The session began by attaching the already precut landscape cloth lining to the stained boxes.  This part of the session did not take too long, about 45 minutes, because we had all of the cloth lining cut at the previous work session and already knew how we how we were going to attach it to the boxes.  The way we attached it was we cut the cloth into large rectangular strips which would be able to go from the trim on one side to the inner edges of the box and back to the trim on the opposite side of the box.  There were two rectangular pieces for each box and they would overlap in the bottom of the box.  Once these were completed, we transported the boxes to Princeton Charter School.  We placed the two larger boxes, the two bench frames, and two of the smaller boxes in Mr. Reed’s truck and placed the remaining two smaller boxes in Mr. DiPippo’s van.  When we got to the school, all that was left to do was to place the boxes in the correct position, against the 5-8 building as was in my original proposal, attach the bench frames to the smaller boxes and attach the brass plates to the bench frames.

Hours:

 Name          Sign In  Sign Out  Job
Paul D 12:00 pm 2:15pm Managed and Assisted in Attaching Cloth Lining, Final Assembly, and Transportation of Boxes
Mr. Reed 12:00 pm 2:15 pm Helped with Experience, Provided Adult Supervision, and Assisted in Attaching Cloth Lining and Box Assembly
Mark R 12:00 pm 2:15 pm Assisted in Attaching Cloth Lining, Final Assembly, and Transportation of Boxes
Mrs. DiPippo 12:00 pm 2:15pm Provided Adult Supervision and Took Pictures 
Mr. DiPippo 12:00 pm

1:15 pm

12:45pm

2:15 pm

Helped with Transportation of the Boxes.
 
 TOTAL HOURS AT WORK SESSION: 10 Hours 0 Minutes

Thank You
I would to thank all members of Troop 43 for supporting me throughout my scouting years and especially those who worked on my project.  
 Planting Day:  Princeton Charter School, April 25, 2012

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