Attached is a link to pictures from each of the recent troop events. Hope you enjoy!
Next meeting(11/30) will be held outside Nassau Inn. We will be talking about the upcoming Christmas Sale, which all boys are REQUIRED to volunteer in for at least 2 slots.
Princeton Troop 43’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale is just around the corner!
Our next troop meeting(11/30) will be at the site to discuss about the tree sale.
The sale goes from Sunday Nov 30th through Wednesday Dec 24th with the following hours:
Mon – Wed from 3:30 – 5:30p
Thu – Fri from 3:30 – 7p
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 11a – 5pm
Scouts, click here to access the spreadsheet to sign up for slots in the sale. It is MANDATED that you sign up for at least 2 slots, preferably more in the spreadsheet.
Sale location: 60 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08540
Princeton Boy Scout Troop 43 was formed in 1918, ten years after the first manual on Scouting was published in England in 1908, and eight years after the Boy Scouts of America was chartered in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately, the early history of our Troop is shrouded in mystery, in part because our Council office where early records would have been kept was flooded in the early 1950’s and the files destroyed. However, it seems we began with a Scoutmaster and roster of about twenty Scouts, and that five other Troops existed in Princeton at the time of our formation, most of them probably organized by the YMCA and several churches. National records indicate our Troop was first registered as Troop 4 and chartered by the Witherspoon YMCA, now the Princeton Y. First Presbyterian Church, now Nassau Presbyterian Church and our current sponsoring organization, sponsored a different Troop at that time, Troop 1. In the 1920’s, the George Washington Council came into being, and Princeton Scouting became part of this Council. Since each of the communities had its own Troop 1, a renumbering of troops was necessary to provide an orderly way of referring to the troops. Our Troop 4 thus became Troop 43.
Eagle Scouts Paul Papier, Doug Sensenig, Erne Soffronoff, Jason Harding and Kelvin Sensenig researched this Troop history and found some of their best information in newspapers. By 1918, the newspapers were carrying a column on Scouting, and reports were often written by the boys themselves. From these, we learn of the existence of a basketball league consisting of the six local Scout troops, and that one of our Scoutmasters during the 1920’s, had the boys dismantle an old barn at Griggs Farm, using the beams to build a home on Route 206. Scoutmaster Mather believed that the boys would benefit from knowing how a house was built. In 1931, a Mother’s Auxiliary was formed, and in 1932 a newspaper article reports that Edwin Kimble was Scoutmaster whose Troop’s four patrols — Bats, Eagles, Pine Trees and Tigers – were having a patrol competition. Scouts helped collect food for Christmas baskets distributed by the Lions Club, and at least one meeting that year was devoted to discussing New Jersey natural resources.
A report in 1933 sounds a note familiar to Scouters. The Scoutmaster made an appeal for Scouts to wear their uniforms to meetings, consisting of knee pants and long stockings! During Boy Scout Week, which commemorated the more than five million Scouting members that year, our Troop celebrated with a basketball game against a YMCA team. Under Scoutmaster Kimble, meetings at this time included opening with a salute of the flag and the Scout Oath, uniform inspection, and patrol meetings to collect dues and plan for patrol meetings at times other than Scout meeting nights. Then the troop reassembled and discussed plans and test passing. The meetings closed with the Scout Law and Taps, following which there was time for games. There are reports of day trips and overnight hikes during this time, and the Troop attended camp during the summers as well, at Pahaquarra. In 1936, Scoutmaster Kimble took the boys on a sail across Barnegat Bay and the newspaper mentions the adventure in which a mast stanchion snapped, had to be repaired, and the boys returned home safely although soaked. John Maloney became Scoutmaster in 1937 and a newspaper reports on a Court of Honor in which a number of Scouts achieved various ranks, and the Sea Scouts gave a demonstration of first aid. The Troop treasury was now sufficient to support a subscription to Boys’ Life for each the Scouts. Other Scoutmasters during this era were Charles Erhardt, a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Reverend Niles.
World War II Years:
In 1941, American participation in World War II was drawing near. The war years were hard ones for organizations like Scout troops because many of the young adults most likely to provide leadership were in the Armed Forces. Troop 43 did carry on, however. Paul Graham, another student at the Theological Seminary was the Scoutmaster, assisted by Mr. Erhardt, in 1941. Billy Riggs also served as Scoutmaster for many years in the 1940’s, as did Mr. Dilworth succeeded by Professor Mark Heald. There was even a Princeton District in the George Washington Council. Friends of Troop 43 was formed, and supplanted the original Mother’s Auxiliary, to help in supporting the Troop. During these years, new Scouts paid $1.25 to join the Troop and the registration fee was 50 cents!
Troop activities of note during the 40’s included a ceremony recognizing the birth date of President Grover Cleveland, who is buried in the Princeton Cemetery, day hikes, instruction in first aid, signaling including Morse code, and boxing, as well as Courts of Honor and summer camp preparation. Camporees took place during these years and were called “Camporals”. The Troop assisted in distributing calendars for the Community Chest, a precursor of the United Way, and prepared to cooperate with the Defense Council. In 1945, three Troops including 43, distributed 12,000 circulars for the Red Cross. Interaction with a Belgian Boy Scout troop was established as a result of contacts of a member of the Armed Forces, and letters were exchanged. A special Court of Honor was held at the First Presbyterian Church and included a memorial service for the 6 former Scouts who were killed while in the Services.
We do not have much information about the Troop during the late 40’s and early 50’s but we do know that Scoutmasters included Manfred, Piper, and Bruce Rankin.
The Frank Fornoff years:
In 1957 Frank Fornoff was invited to become the Scoutmaster, and he began his tenure in the Fall of that year, leading the Troop for the next 37 years. During the 50’s the Troop aimed to increase overnight hikes and events to one per month, and had a local campsite on property off of Cherry Valley Road (first owned by a Princeton bank and later by the Allen and Whittaker families). The most impressive outdoor activities of the Troop have included fifty-mile backpacking trips. Mr. Lawder, a member of the Troop Committee and the father of two of our Eagle Scouts, and Mr. Piper, a former Scoutmaster; took Scouts on backpacking trips to Pennsylvania and Virginia in the early 1960’s. In 1969, fifty-milers became a regular part of the summer program of the Troop, and over the years we have done backpacking in all of the Appalachian Trail states.
In the Fall of 1972, Scoutmaster Fornoff proposed that the next fifty-miler, on the Pacific Crest Trail, include ONLY Scouts who had completed the requirements for Eagle, and although the younger boys were disappointed, Troop Committee backed the decision. The boys flew to Portland, Oregon, spent six days backpacking approximately 60 miles, and about five more days sightseeing, including Crater Lake and the Oregon coast of the Pacific Ocean. The Troop treasury was not able to cover the cost of this trip, and the Troop owed the Scoutmaster for several years, a debt which led the troop to explore ways of raising money. Fundraisers have included the well-known Christmas Tree Sale (which originated in the early 1950s) as well as rummage sales, fertilizer sales, and pasta dinners. Although our records indicate that at a 1972 Court of Honor, there were 14 Scouts advancing to Life, but none to Eagle, the Troop had 11 new Eagle Scouts by the end of 1973. Meanwhile, fundraising has remained critical to the support of the Big Fifty summer trips, which in turn are a major feature of Troop 43’s Scouting program. Other fifty-milers that took place during Frank Fornoff’s tenure included trips to Utah, Colorado, Montana, California, Washington state, Georgia, Oregon, the Canadian Rockies, Wyoming, Idaho, and New Mexico, some states visited more than once.
The Bob Forness years:
In 1991, Frank met Bob Forness at the annual Tree Sale, who soon became an Assistant Scoutmaster. An Eagle Scout from upstate New York, Mr. Forness was working for Prudential at the time. He and his wife, Lindsay, assisted the Troop for two years and when Frank Fornoff retired in 1993 after thirty-seven years at the helm of Troop 43, Mr. Forness took over as Scoutmaster. Most of the troop gear and activities were reorganized during his Scoutmasters’ years. Mr. Forness left the Troop in 1995 when his career took him to England.
The Paul Papier Years:
Upon Bob Forness’s departure, Paul Papier became Scoutmaster. Paul had joined Scouts in 1974 and became a second generation Eagle in 1980. In 1981 he became an Assistant Scoutmaster, and 14 years later, Scoutmaster. Under his direction, Troop 43 camped at a variety of sites, both locally and out of state. In 1996 local camping commenced at the scenic Carnegie campsite and the Troop attended many Council camps including Camp Pahaquarra, Yards Creek Scout Reservation, and Camp Buck near Clinton, as well as camping in a number of New Jersey and Pennsylvania state parks such as Allayer, Cheese quake, Stokes, Highpoint, Washington Crossing, French Creek and Blue Rocks. Additionally, Mr. Papier oversaw hikes along historic trails such as Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Washington Crossing, and one ending in Morristown.
Mr. Papier continued the tradition of Big 50 hikes, which require participants to have achieved a rank of First class or above, to be age 13 or older, and to take responsibility for their physical preparation and conditioning. In addition, Scouts attending a Big 50 must have participated in Troop fundraising activities throughout the year, helping the Troop to subsidize the high costs of these trips. Big 50 destinations during the course of Mr. Paper’s tenure have included California, Colorado, Arizona (Philemon), Wisconsin and Maine. Meanwhile, Troop 43 has been one of the only area troops to schedule two weeks in summer camp. Mr. Papier oversaw the Troop attending camp at Resaca Falls as well as Camp Slouchy in Pennsylvania. Mr. Papier stepped down as Scoutmaster in 2000 in order to devote more time to his photography business.
The Garrett Brown Years to the Present:
Mr. Papier was replaced by Garrett Brown, Jr. (Life Scout, Troop 7, and Explorer, Eagle Rock Council in Upper Montclair, New Jersey), Marshall Freedman (Star, Troop 98 Valley Forge Council, Ardmore, Pennsylvania) and Richard Smaus (second generation Eagle), with Mr. Brown taking the lead until his retirement in 2003, when Mr. Freedman assumed the position until Fall of 2005, and again in June, 2007. Between 2005 and 2007 Mr. Freedman had a short breather, while Tom Zucosky served as Scoutmaster. During these years, the Troop continued to attend summer camp and participate in Big 50 hikes including on the Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to Gettysburg, Pa., and several trips out west to Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks. Troop 43 also attended the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia in both 2001 and 2005. Scoutmaster Freedman, ably assisted by Dennis McRitchie, Brad Brock, Christian Ingerslev and Norberto Perez, has had the honor of inducting a total of 16 Eagle Scouts during his stewardship of Troop 43.
Christmas Tree Sale 2012
Troop 43 is selling christmas trees continuing it’s annual sale. This is the main funding for the troop, so scouts and adults please help out.
Read about Troop 43’s current Eagle Scout candidates and their exciting projects from the menu on the left or in Eagle Projects.
On September 22 we hiked on the Lawrence – Hopewell Trail, with scouts completing 5 mile or 10 mile segments.
Ski Trip 2012
Saturday September 17th scouts came out in force to help on the final day of the Mountain Lakes Bridge project. Congratulations!
Saturday March 12th, Troop 43 head off to Shawnee Mountain for a day of skiing and fun!
|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|
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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|
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.
|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
|Helped with Transportation of the Boxes.|
The purpose of my project is to enhance the pedestrian traffic in Mountain Lakes Preserve (which includes a lake, and roughly 9 miles of trail). Mountain Lakes is located near Coventry Farm, Community Park North, and the John Witherspoon Woods. It is located off of Mountain Avenue, which originates at Route 206 in Princeton Township, New Jersey.
My project is situated on a one-third of a mile trail. This trail is located perpendicular to Coventry Farm and is on the west side of the lake in the Mountain Lakes Preserve. When it rains, a ditch on the trail slightly swells with water and the sides get slippery. During dry periods, the loose rocks on the sides of the trail represent a slipping hazard. To make the trail safer and more accessible to the preserve, I plan to build a 16-foot long by 4 foot wide by 3 and a half-foot tall bridge that spans the 8-foot deep by 10-foot wide ditch (probably used as a drainage ditch by Coventry Farm). Secondly, I will extend the pre-existing trail, so that it leads to the openings of the bridge instead of into the ditch. This extension will cover be a total of 40 feet long (20 feet on each side) and have a width of four feet. To construction the bridge and extend the trail, I first need to remove the invasive honeysuckle. This removal will be done with clippers and Round-Up ©, but no workers under 18 will using the chemicals. This treatment for the honeysuckle has been used on other parts of the Preserve.
Location of Eagle Project
|Day||Workers Needed||Time (Hours)||Total Hours|
|1-4||4 scouts, 4 adults with a certain level of woodworking skill each day||4 hours each day||128|
|5||5 scouts, 2 adults||4 hours||28|
|6||5 scout, 2 adults||4 hours||28|
|7||5 scout, 2 adults||4 hours||28|
|8-9||5 scout, 2 adults||4 hours each day||56|
|Total Hours||296 hours|
Plan for Day-by-Day Work
|Day 1-4||11:00-3:00||Set-up 4 work stations: 1) Layout and marking of girders, 2) Cutting, 3) Drilling, 4) Putting in bolts|
|Layout and Marking Station: Translating the drawing and marking the lumber where we need to cut and drill. We will also tag the lumber with a number so that we can later assemble it at site.||Carpenter’s pencils, steel square, triangles, measuring tapes, copies of drawings, calculators|
|Cutting Station: Using the marks from station #1, cut the lumber into sizes necessary for assembly at the site||Portable circular saw with telescopic arm, measuring tapes, carpenter’s pencils, clamps, wood jig material (optional)|
|Drilling Station: Using the marks from station #1, drill the lumber for the holes necessary for the bolts in station #4||Portable 16V drills, drill press, 1/2″ dia. drill bits|
|Hardware Station: Using the holes created in station #3, put bolts, nuts, and washers in prefabricated components so that they are in the located necessary during on-site assembly||1/2″ and 5/16″ dia. lag bolts (various sizes), washers, lag bolt nuts|
|Day 5||11:00-3:00||Chopping down invasive honeysuckle. Removal of roots and rocks on the rail and the embankments for the bridge abutments. Adult would squirt Round-Up on the roots of the honeysuckle at the end of the day when no more work will occur||Round-Up, sapling cutters, shovels, pick-axe, and rakes|
|Day 6||11:00-3:00||Building abutments by cutting timber on location and placing the cut timbers into the embankments. Put gravel and woodchips on top of abutments.||Chainsaw to cut timbers, shovels, wheelbarrows, timber spikes, sledge hammers, earth tampers, and pick-axes|
|Day 7||11:00-3:00||Bring prefabricated bridge girders, bridging, and decking material. Build bridge primary structure and platform.||Cordless drill, cordless circular saw, socket and crescent wrenches, deck screws, string line, wheelbarrows, bags of gravel, and levels.|
|Day 8-9||11:00-3:00||Bring prefabricated railings and attach to bridge deck and structure.||Cordless drill, socket and crescent wrenches, and cordless circular saw|
List of Planned Work Days
Please see attached schedule for the planned work days and times for this Eagle Project. Feel free to contact me if you have an scheduling concerns. I will also send out reminder emails before each session.
Progress of Project
Session 1: Purchases
The first day of many work sessions to come, this session consisted of a drive to Niece Lumber in Lambertville, where we acquired the lumber needed to work on the project. The date was 7/12/14. The lumber purchased were cedar boards for the trim and a wood-like plastic material called Wolf White. The material will last longer than normal wood and will not rot.
Driving to Lambertville with Dave and Ford. Jackson is the cameraman here.
This is all lumber purchased in Lambertville. Approximately $1,000 of 8 Wolf White panels and 2 cedar planks
Session 2: First Day of Panel Construction:
The second session took place on 7/27/14, between 11:00 A.M. and 3:00 P.M. During this work session, we cut the Wolf White paneling into the appropriate shapes and began drilling pilot holes. While there was still work to do, almost half the paneling was sized and cut appropriately
The group (Ford, Jackson, Nick, Zak, Nicholas, Sid, Uttam, Philip, and Jack), watching Dave demonstrate safe usage of the power saw
The same group from a different angle.
Session 3: Final Cuts and Paneling:
The Group, finishing this particular panel.
Last panel of the session! Cutting is complete!
Session 4: Demolition Day 1
The first day of construction of the Kiosk itself was 8/30/14, from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Our first priority was demolition of the existing panels. To begin, we started by removing staples from the trim and irreplaceable parts of the woodwork. We also began working to uncover the screws holding the current paneling in place, which came out with some difficulty. The result was this:
As it turned out, much of the surface paneling was mounted over even-older paneling dating back to the Kiosk’s original construction. It contained thirty-year-old staples, graffiti, and evidence of multiple paint jobs in the last 30 years. The lower trim was also damaged from rot, necessitating repair with wood putty.
The view a passerby would have of the work site. Philip is examining the DO NOT TOUCH signs
A hard day’s work. The discarded paneling is on the left-hand side of the photo, along the street.
Session 5: Demolition Day 2
The following Sunday of 8/31/14 saw our work session extend from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.. Like the previous day, we spent much of our time removing staples and applying wood putty. While normally this would seem like a trivial task, the sheer number of staples and their rusted condition meant getting them out was a time-consuming job, not to mention the sweltering heat. We used needle-nosed pliers, staple-removers, chisels, and flathead screwdrivers to pluck, snap, pull, and work out stapling from the interior panels.
Nick and Aaron, removing staples with a pair of needlenose pliers in 95+degree heat
Uttam (Team Ireland), demonstrating the practicalities of needlenose pliers in removing staples over Jackson’s wire-strippers
Session Day 6: Demolition Day 3/Construction Day 1
This session on 9/1/14 ran from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The day was once again spent removing stapling from the kiosk’s interior paneling, as well as applying wood putty to the rotting portions of the trim. However, the final hours saw us completing the cleanup well enough to attach the new paneling. Due to a clerical snafu, we did have to recut new panels for the doors and one of the alcoves, but it worked out fine. The construction phase was almost entirely completed that day, save the painting.
Aaron and Nick, back on the job. The discarded panels can be seen on the bottom right.
Session 7: Construction Day 3
This session took place on 9/6/14, from 11:00 to 2:00. This was the first of the painting sessions, where we disassembled the kiosk to apply a new paint scheme. Originally, plans were made to simply paint the entire kiosk to its original color. As we uncovered the interior panels, however, we found that the kiosk had several “original colors”, ranging from a matte grey to an off-yellow. It was eventually decided that the kiosk needed a bit more visual flair than the battleship grey we had originally imagined. We settled on a paint aesthetic similar to the Hamilton Jewelers building across Witherspoon Street: black trim with white paneling. We also elected to add an orange stripe and ceiling just for a splash of color and an homage to both the Town and University that the Kiosk sits in immediate proximity to. First, however, we needed to sand some of the sharper edges of the new paneling, as well as the coarse wood putty. After this sanding, we removed the paneling for better access to the trim in and around the site of each panel. The bottom trim was first painted with an oil-based primer stain to prevent rot. The upper levels and trim then received a coat of their respective colors. We planned on applying more coats the following day.
First coats of black and orange paint on the kiosk. The white paint has not yet been applied in this picture, evidenced by the grey/faded portions on the top strip
Aaron with the black paint, Nick with the orange
Charles, unamused with the black paint
Ashwin, arriving on-site
Jackson, ensuring a clean seal on the orange paint
Session 8: Construction Day 4:
9/7/14 was the final day of work on the kiosk, again from 11:00 to 2:00. We continued applying coats of paint to all pieces of the trim, as well as fixing whatever smears and splashes we had left from the day before. We also left a few graffiti scribbles on the interior paneling for posterity. As these boards would be covered up by the new Wolf White paneling, we wanted to leave behind a memento for any group in the future who would work on the kiosk. These scribbles boiled down to names and dates where we worked. By the end of the day, the kiosk was painted and dry, thanks to the sweltering heat. We reattached the panels, erased any pencil marks left over from cutting the boards, and walked away. Excluding light bulbs and a new doorknob, the kiosk was entirely complete.
Jackson and Nick on paint duty, Phil helping Akil sign in, and Ford explaining the details to a passerby
Charles and Nick, applying white coats to the stained base.
Same angle from later in the day. The white coat on top is being completed
The panels, reattached. Nick, Jackson (behind the kiosk), Sid (behind the kiosk) and Phil installing the door panel.
The practically-complete kiosk from the view of a passing local
The completed kiosk, with a group picture. From the left: Aidan, Philip, Jackson (Group Leader), Charles (ladder), Aaron, Sid, Dante (ladder), Nick, and Ford
In support of Sustainable Princeton’s initiative to make Princeton greener, I will be working on spreading information on composting as well as helping to recycle shipping pallets into compost bins. Based on a design by a Sustainable Princeton member and architect, Heidi Fichtenbaum, they will help to reduce the amount of trash and leaves that Princeton collects as well as create usable compost for gardening.