Here, I am hammering a nail into a board, which is one of the practices of carpentry that has to be demonstrated for the badge. Here, I am setting a nail into a board which I had just hammered in a moment ago (photographed at left).
These two photos show me cutting the boards that I will be using to build my project, which will finally consist of a set of hanging and backed shelves for my room.
Here, I am hand-sanding my boards that I just cut, as in Carpentry Merit Badge, things are done as they used to be done, with no electric tools of any kind. Here I am just beginning to hammer nails into my boards to nail them together into their final structure.
Now here, I am completing the hammering of the nails into my boards to complete the structure of my shelves. Now here in this picture is my completed structure (minus a back) of my shelves on 5-16-10.
At the end of the night, I brought my almost- completed shelves into my aunt’s living room to show my mom, when my aunt’s cat came by and got up on my shelves. And here comes his brother! My shelves have now passed the official cat-proofing test.
First, I had to sand my shelf more, just to clean it up a little and do its finishing set of sanding. I cut and nailed the back of the shelf on, which is partly shown here in this picture. (That’s my aunt’s dog in the corner.)
In this picture, I am painting a latex base-coat on the wood to seal it and paint it white. Now, I have painted it orange over the white, purposely leaving it a lighter, single coat so that it appears to have a yellow swirl through the orange due to the white paint hidden underneath. My aunt and I believe that it looks like fire or like the sun shining in from behind the clouds.