Wednesday, June 21, 2017

From old to new: sewing kit



June 2017

Time to make: 1 hours
Boys Life "Slide of the Month"
Sept. 1965, page 64
Original design: Bill Poese









So continuing with the old film can slides here is a simple sewing kit than can be very helpful out on the trail for sewing up a button or a tent. The original design contained buttons, thread, needles, a paper ruler, safety pins, straight pins, a thimble, and a small jackknife.

The plastic film container version


My updated design uses an Altoids Smalls tin. I started by painting the outside white and when dry, I applied a water slide decal I had printed on a printer. Next I attached an aluminum loop to the tin using pop rivets


The contents are essentially the same but there are pre-threaded needles. I did leave out the knife because most Scouts have a jackknife with them or you could use (my dentist shutters) your teeth. I also left out the ruler because, well, who measures.


Friday, June 2, 2017

Slide of the Month June - Celtic Knot




May 2017

Time to set up: 5 days

Time to turn: 45 minutes

Finishing: 2 hours

Designs from: Dan Lecocq

Youtube:  Celtic Knot Pen









Inspired by another hobby, I thought turning a 4 ring Celtic Knot would make a great slide. I made the slide from red maple, white maple, and black walnut and turned it on a lathe. While I would suggest watching the youtube video for the setup, I'll try to describe it here.

I cut a piece of red maple 1.5 x 1.5 x 4 inches as the base wood of the slide. Next I cut some thin pieces of white maple (about 1/16 inch thick) and black walnut (about 1/8 inch thick). I glued the thin strips together, white maple- black walnut-white maple, with some wood glue, clamped the whole length of the sandwiched wood and let it dry overnight. The next day I cut the sandwiched wood 1.5 inch strips. Going back to the red maple, I next labeled each side, with a pencil, the first side with a 1, 2 on the opposite side, 3 to the right side of the first side, and 4 to the left side of the first side. Setting up my table saw with a 30 degree tilt and fence at 1 inch from the blade. The height of the blade was set so the was just a 1/4 inch left after the cut. I moved the fence just a bit so the slot was the width of the sandwiched wood. Using some wood glue, I glued the sandwiched wood into the slot, cut off the excess, clamped and left it overnight to dry. The following day I repeated the cut, gluing, and clamping on side 2. The process was repeated for sides 3 and 4. Twenty-four hours after the final glue up, its time to turn the slide.

While it looks very square and nothing like interconnecting rings, rounding the piece brought the rings out in wonderful spender. When I got the piece to the diameter I wanted, I cut a V cut on ether side of the finish length (approximately 2 inches).  Still on the lathe, I sanded the piece down using some very fine sandpaper. Using a finishing method I learned from pen making, I applied several layers of super glue wet sanding between layers.

Removing it from the lathe, I drilled a 3/4 inch hole down the length of the piece and then carefully cut the slide to size using the V cuts as a guide. Finally I coated the inside of the slide with additional super glue.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Slide of the Month May - Project Gemini


May 2017

Time to design: 2 hours
Time to print: 2 hours (your times may vary Finishing: 1 hour
Original design: autocad123
Original designer: unknown
Try it yourself: Gemini capsule slide

 
Another slide you can 3D print and paint! Fascinated by the space race as a kid, I watched every launch I could. Project Gemini was a test platform for testing many of the things and maneuvers, like docking,  that would be needed in our quest to land a man on the moon.  It was nicknamed the "Gusmobile"  by fellow astronauts because of Gus Grissom  deep involvement in its design. The design was so versatile and dependable there was going to be a Gemini-B and Big G versions.  The  Gemini-B version that was going to be used by the Air Force for a planned a Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL). (Great documentary on it called Astrospies on PBS)




The Big G was to be an extended version of the Gemini-B that would carry 9 man missions

I believe I found the original out at autocad123 and I brought it into tinkercad to scale and modify. (Note: The ring is kind of thin and you might want to enlarge the thickness a bit.) When done with my modifications, the project was imported into Cura to convert it into a printable file with the Ultramaker 2 printer at my local library,  Berkshire Athenaeum, to print. When done priniting, I cleaned up the model with a sharp knife and sandpaper. I painted the model with some white and black spray paint and detailed the windows with paint pens. The lettering and flag where done using water slide paper and a printer.

Friday, April 14, 2017

From Old to New: Fishing Kit


April 2017

Time to make: 1 hours
Boys Life "Slide of the Month"
Sept. 1951, page 37
Original design: E.F.S
...and now for another new part of the blog "From Old to New" were I will attempt to update older neckerchief designs from "Slide of the Month" to updated versions. First off the a film can fishing kit to my versions. I remember my dad having a few of these aluminum 35 mm film cans around the house but by the time I was taking pictures the metal film cans became plastic film cans. (see below)
The can was painted with model paint made for metal and a fly was glued to the front. The slide piece was a piece of aluminum flashing pop riveted to the can and then bent into a loop.  The inside includes fishing line, hooks, sinkers, flies, and a cork for a bobber. It all fits very nicely into the can.

Here is the plastic film can

Updated version




Time to make: 1 hours
Original design: Bill Macfarlane











When thinking about an updated version of this slide, I had a couple of options that came to mind. The first was the Altoids Smalls tin and the second was a contact lens cleaner (see below). Altoids tins of all sizes have been a favorite with hobbyists for a few years now and these make great slides.
I spray painted the outside of the tin white and, once it was dry, I pop riveted a piece of aluminum flashing loop to the back. The fly on the front was printed on white water slide decal film. The insides were also updated with day glow fishing line, a piece of foam rubber for a bobber , and a plastic lure. It also includes sinkers, hooks and flies. The same pieces also fit into the contact lens container.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Forget me Knot - Royal Carrick Bend




April 2017

Time to tie: days

Finishing: none though I might try Mod Podge

Designs from: Clarke Green
Website: scoutmasterCG.com

Knot Website:Royal Carrick Bend






How did I forget to post this knot with the others? Well my friend Clarke Green posted this neckerchief slide back in the summer of 2014 and it's had me gnashing my teeth for a while. I finally got it one night while staying at a hotel in Springfield, MA. (My apologizes to hotel staff who might have seen me carrying a coil of nylon cord, duct tape, and a utility knife up to my room. Nothing weird going on really.)

The first thing to do is to head over to Clarke's site and find the Royal Carrick Bend infograph. Next cut a good length (five feet is what I used) of nylon or paracord.  Now here is the part that just about drove me crazy, lay out the first weave of the knot. I found it was really hard to follow the pattern because the rope was sliding all over the place as I was trying to tie it. This is where the duct tape came in to play. Using small pieces of the tape, I taped each section down to the table as I worked so it would stay in place but also allowing for me to pass the next level through. Once you have woven the knot twice, pick it up and put the center around something round like a 3/4 inch dowel (or a hotel shampoo bottle) and begin to tighten the knot. Once it is tight it becomes a really intricate looking knot neckerchief.  Cut off the excess cord and fuse it with heat or leave on some tails for frayed ends. On mine, I tied the ends into a carrick bend (not shown) and fused the ends.

 For those of you who have never heard of Clarke Green, his Scoutmaster blog, or the Scoutmaster podcast, you really need to find him on the net! The Scoutmaster's Oracle, the podcast Commissioner and really nice guy, Clarke shares his thoughts, wit, and wisdom weekly to the folks that follow him world-wide. Always happy to answer a question for Scouter, his answers are spot-on relying on his many years of Scouting experience. On his site he shares his wisdom and thoughts on Scoutmastership, gear reviews, highlights some of the best books on Scouting, program ideas, and information on high adventure areas. 

Slide of the month April 2017 - Fusion Knots



April 2017

Time to tie: 3 hours

Finishing: 1 hour

Designs from: Decorative Fusion Knots
Author: J.D. Lenzen

Website:www.fusionknots.com

Available from: Amazon, iTunes, Barnes & Nobel or your favorite book seller




No its not an April Fools day joke, these are all knots I found in JD book and had lots of fun tying each of these miniature marvels.

Using some nylon cord, I tied each of these using the instructions I found in the book. Next I  either sealed the ends, using a lighter, or left them frayed. The mounts are Formica samples and the loops are nylon webbing fastened to the samples with pop rivets. I use a clear epoxy to mount the knots to the background.

Knots from left to right

Jolly Roger Knot

Cloud Knot (I think its upside down)

Pipa Knot

Challenge Knot, Bloody Knuckle Knot, Maedate Knot

Triskelion Knot front and back

Triple Barrel Knot

Monday, March 27, 2017

Slide of the Month March 2017 - Mercury capsule


March 2017

Time to design: 2 hours
Time to print: 2 hours (your times may vary Finishing: 1 hour
Original design: NASA
Original designer: Michael Carbajal. NASA Headquarters
Try it yourself: Mercury capsule slide

Greetings, and welcome to the new Slide of the Month from Channeling Whittlin Jim. This month is for a new generation of neckerchief slides designers, those who want to design and print them on a 3D printer.

Being a kid during the space race, I always dreamed of being an Astronaut and one of my hero's was John Glenn. This slide is a design of Freedom 7 I found on NASA's 3D model resource page. The file was a 3ds file and what I needed was an stl file so I converted it using a free program called Spin 3D Mesh Converter. Next I loaded the converted file into Tinker Cad, a great free design program from Autodesk, and came up with the following model.


Now I could add the neckerchief ring to the model. Once I created the ring, it was a simple process to join the ring to the model


I then use the group function to make sure both parts became one model. Next I downloaded a stl file to import into another free program called Cura  which is what is used by the 3d printer I use called Ultimaker 2.

Once loaded into Cura the model can be converted into gcode that the printer can print from. In my case this file was copied to a SD card so I could bring it to the printer location. I also added supports to help stabilize the model while printing. One the printing was done the model looked like this and the supports were easily removed.

I  sanded where the supports connected to the model (around the heat shield and loop) and decided I liked the somewhat grayish look of the heat shield. Next was to paint the ring at the top and retro rockets silver with some model paint. I also painted the window to give it a operation glow with some paint pens. I also used a red model paint marker to paint the red ring between the heat shield and capsule. The final step was the marking on the capsule. For this I used white decal or water slide paper from Blinggasm.com and Microsoft paint to create a set of decals on my inkjet printer.

 
Once the decals had been treated with an acrylic clear spray paint, I could cut them out and water slide them on to the capsule to finish the slide.


A quick disclaimer here, I do not own a 3D printer (though any company who wants to give me one will be gladly accepted) but what I do have is a great local public library. The Berkshire Athenaeum
has 3D printers and classes to teach patrons how to use the printers. My thanks to Andrea Puglisi and everyone in the reference department for the patience and knowledge in helping me take a random thought and turn it into reality. Perhaps there is a local public library near you with the same kind or resources. For those who want to printing this design it is available on Tinkercad if you do a search of Mercury capsule slide

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bones and Horns (Horn - something special)






March 3/26/2017

Time to make: 2 hours
Finishing: .5 hour










...and now the final slide in this long journey.

When thinking about the last slide, I thought this would be a good time to both finish the Whittlin Jim slides and transition into other Slide of the Month projects along with my own versions.

This slide features a ram's horn I got from Petco that just fascinated me in the beauty of the contours of shape and color. I have also recently been experimenting with some decal paper so I thought of the idea of combining them both. I cut the horn to shape, using a bandsaw, being very careful not to cut all the way through on the sides. The shape of the horn lends itself as a natural neckerchief loop. I then sanded a smooth spot in the center for the decal and sanded the edges. I have my Troop's logo and printed it to some white Blinggasm decal paper using my inkjet printer. I then covered the decal with three coats of clear acrylic spray paint. A hint here, the paper is about a dollar a sheet so plan ahead and print several decals at once or cut the page into photo sized pieces (if your printer will take it) to minimize waste. After the coating dried overnight, I cut out the decal and placed into water into for a couple of seconds until the plastic decal loosened from the paper backer. I slid the decal onto the horn and made sure there were no air bubbles under the decal. A sweet slide if I do say so myself!

One addition note, when working with bones or horns, try to do it outside as cutting or sanding these items stinks to high heaven.




Bones and Horns (Bone Eight)






March 2017

Time to carve: 1.5 hours
Finishing: .5 hour










Another piece of bone given by a friend which the bone was quite thick and this is a one piece slide. I sketched out the 8 on the bone similar to the 7 Ben used, rough cut it on the band saw, and drilled the holes for the 8. I then used the dremel tool to cut, using a diamond bit, and sand the slide. Some wax polish for a finish.

Bones and Horns (Bone Arrowhead)






March 2017

Time to make: 1 hours
Finishing: 1 hour










So a good friend gave me some bones one day all cut up in neckerchief sized pieces and this is a slide made from one of the bones. I really have to ask him what animal it came from but I think it may have been a beef cow. I used a band saw to get the basic shape and then sanded it with a dremel tool to refine the arrowhead. A bit of wax to shine it up and its ready for wearing

Bones and horns (Bones Chris cross)





March 2017

Time to carve: .5 hours
Finishing: hour











Through out this odyssey one page of slides always eluded me, the June 1950 issue of Boy's Life was missing for years on both the wayback machine and on Goggle books. But as I was finishing the blogging last week, I decided to give it one more search and lo and behold there was the missing page. So I present to you the last Whittlin Jim slides.

While not technically a Whittlin Jim "Slide of the Month" the Bone and Horn was published in "Hobby Corner" by Ben Hunt.  So earlier I blogged about the Imbedded Arrowhead being made from a spiral cut ham bone. Well I still had a part of the bone left that still showed the cut marks of the spiral cut blade so I carved additional lines in the opposite directions. The coloring, and shine, comes from some show polish.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Armadillo






February  2017

Time to make: 3.5 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










One of the hardest slides to make because the Eastern Snow Armadillo is one of the hardest creatures to find as they only come out in the winter hibernating the rest of the year. Like their southern cousins, they also hate automobiles but unlike the Southern Armadillos they don't become speed bumps. Instead they are known for creating pot holes in the northeast but are gone by the first of April.

Cow Horn Indian Chief





January 2017

Time to carve: 3.5 hours
Finishing: 2 hour











A very tough slide to make as carving cow horn is very hard. First step was to cut the bonnet and expand the horn. The original article called for the horn to be boiled until the it was pliable. I found it really didn't work well and then found a different method. I soaked the cow horn in ammonia for a week. After shaping the horn it was on to the carving with a linoleum blade. Then I rubbed black shoe polish into the crevices then finished it off with a polishing rag.

Scout Hang-on (Chief Hang-on)






Summer 2016

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










Same basic design as Chief Hang-on but this is a timid Scout climber. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. Sealed with poly and the rope is 550 cord hanging his climbing belt.

Too Cold (Squaw Hang-on)






Summer 2016

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










Same basic design as the Squaw Hang-on (from Tribe of Sides) but as a first year Scout on a winter campout.  Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Sealed with poly this poor sap is so cold, he is wrapped in this sleeping bag. (Maybe he shouldn't have worn his sneakers.)



Overzealous First Aid (Footsie)






Summer 2016

Time to carve: 2.5 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










Same basic design as Footsie (In the Tribe of Slides) but with first aid spin. Carved from maple and painted with craft paint. This poor sap is wrapped head to toe with cloth bandages and tied to a backboard.

Snag-Tooth Clown (Snag-Tooth Charlie)






Fall 2016

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










The same basic design as Snag-Tooth Charlie but as a clown. Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Sealed with poly and when dry, the fake fur hair glued on.


The Great Pie Fight (Cannibal)






Fall 2016

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










The same basic design as the Cannibal but I made it a clown instead. The head, arm and feet are carved from maple. The shield is a hobby plywood round and the pie tins are formed using a doming block and aluminum flashing. The whip cream, in the pie tins, is white silicon. the wooden parts were painted with craft paint and when dried the parts were glued together. I sealed it with a couple coats of poly then glued on the hair. The pies are glued to the shield using the silicon and the other is glued to the hand.

So I can sleep at night

I ran into a few slides that for the time they were published, they were socially acceptable. I could not make them in good consciousness so the following have my own spin on them.

Cannibal
Tribe of slides
Snag-Tooth Charlie
Chief Hangon

Chinese Figurine






Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 3 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










Carved from walnut and I struggled as walnut is very hard. The slide has a couple of coats of poly and the symbols were written on with a modeling paint pen.

Whittlin Jim said this was the "God of Happiness"

Key Key Bird






Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 3 hours
Finishing: 2 hour










This is a lot of fun to wear! So when people look at it you reach to the wire and all of a sudden the key-key bird moves. The "tree" was cut from a downed tree branch and hardest part is drilling out the hole in the trunk. If you look closely, the hole is drilled down a branch into the center hole for the neckerchief. I gave the "tree" a few coats of poly to get a good seal on the bark. The bird is carved from a scrap piece of maple and painted with craft paint. Small bits of feather were glued into a hole in the head and the wire was glued into a hole in the back the bird. The wire is run through the hole, out through the bottom of the slide, and then down your shirt and out the bottom just above your belt

Texas Longhorn




Summer 2016

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 2 hour





So one thing I discovered, there were a lot  of steer head neckerchief slides that were published by Whittlin Jim and by this time I'm a bit steered out. This slide is made from a pine sapling and the horns are the branches. I cut the wood sometime in 2015 and let it dry for a year. The carving was straight forward and I painted with craft paint. It's sealed with a couple of coats of poly.




O A Slide 3




Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: 1.5 hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour



This one hold some nostalgia for me as I had a neckerchief slide just like this when I finished my ordeal. I had bought it at the camp store and brought it home to paint. I think it was made of plaster and with many moves, somewhere it got lost. Well this one is made out of maple and I used a coping saw to cut it out. The arrow is made from a dowel and the arrowhead and fletching is made from some reflective plastic tape.


For Specal Award








Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: 1 hour
Finishing: 1.5 hour






It seems to me this use to be called the one match fire for the Scout who started a fire using only one match. A really easy slide to make requiring only a spare piece of wood, some wood putty to form the head, sand paper to sand the wood putty smooth, and craft paint.

Reflector Oven







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: .5 hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour






Does anyone remember these? It seem like when I was a Scout (and suddenly Scouts stopped paying attention) we used reflector ovens quite often. Made from some aluminum flashing, wire a couple of dowels and a couple of scrap pieces of wood. Painted with craft paints and sealed with poly.

But how do you cook with it? Here's how

The Tenderfoot Camper







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 2.5 hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour







This poor sap is either to tall for the tent or too big for the sleeping bag. At least he changed out of his wet socks. The Tenderfoot Camper is one of those fun slides that generate so many questions and comments from Scouts. Carved in maple and painted with craft paints. A couple of coats of poly to seal it off.

With apologizes to E.M. Snickering

The tall Scout
There was a tall Scout in the Troop
Whose length exceeded his tent.
“My body fits in it
But my feet won't have it
and no telling where my buddy went!”

You name it







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour







Well Whittlin Jim  was right when he called this one "you name it" because I couldn't for the life of me remember what it was called. Carved from maple and painted with craft paints. Its got a couple of coats of poly and glued on fake fur for hair.

Clip Board







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: .5 hours
Finishing: none







Sometimes slide take time to gather the right materials and so was the case with this slide. I had the counter top sample and the waterproof paper but where do you find a clip like this today. Well in my case it came as we were cleaning out an office. I have no idea how old it is but it was heading for the trash when I claimed it.  It's really good with the waterproof paper and a pencil on those rainy days camping when you need to jot down a note.

Memory Slides







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: several hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour







"Don't you often wish you had somethin' to recall that trip you took a couple o' years ago?" wrote Wittlin' Jim. Heck I wish I could remember how to tie these.

The wood is maple finished with a couple of coats of poly while the knots to a while to research then tie. The materials I used to tie with range include paracord, thread, mason's cord, leather and a boot lace.

Emergency Slides







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to make: 2 to 5 minutes
Finishing: got a match? Nevermind, I'll fray the ends.





So your at a court of honor and you forgot your neckerchief slide but you have some paracord or light rope? These literally take just a couple of minutes to tie and you will spend more time trying to figure out how to wear them.

Guitar







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 2.5 hours
Finishing: 2.5 hour







So a lot of parts to this one and some assembly required. The body is white maple and the hole was painted with black craft paint. The sides and back have a one step stain/poly coating. The rest is a cut down screw filed flat in the back and glued to the body. The neck is red maple and the frets are small pieces of wire glued to the neck. Once the neck and body were glued together, I gave it a couple of coats of poly. Once that was dry I "strung" the guitar using thread and super glue to keep the strings taught.

One of my favorite songs on the guitar

Hoop Dancer







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve/make: 3 hours
Finishing: 2 hour







This is a great slide both for the challenge of making it and the simple enjoyment of wearing it. It's carved from  maple and painted with craft paints. The hoops are brass and connected together with solder.

Hoop dancer

The Black Kight







Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 2 hours
Finishing: 1.5 hour







Carved from maple and painted with a semi-gloss black paint. Gold modeler's paint was used for the highlights. Finally, the end of a red feather is glued into a hole in the helmet.

Tis merely a scratch

Jackknife



Sometime between 2012 and 2015

Time to carve: 2.5 hours
Finishing: 2 hour




Boy this one is fun to wear! So many people think it's real. Carved from maple the rivets are made using a nail punch a light tap of a hammer. It's painted with craft paint and finished with poly. There is also a piece of scrap brass inset into the handle.