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Woodwork merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1923
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 119
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2011


Wood is an amazingly versatile, practical, yet beautiful material. A skilled craftsman can use wood to fashion just about anything. As a woodworker or carpenter, you will find no end of useful, valuable, and fun items you can make yourself, from wood.

Woodwork merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    (a) Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in woodwork activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards. Explain what precautions you should take to safely use your tools.
    (b) Show that you know first aid for injuries that could occur while woodworking, including splinters, scratches, cuts, severe bleeding, and shock. Tell what precautions must be taken to help prevent loss of eyesight or hearing, and explain why and when it is necessary to use a dust mask.
    (c) Earn the Totin' Chip recognition.
  2. Do the following:
    (a) Describe how timber is grown, harvested, and milled. Tell how lumber is cured, seasoned, graded, and sized.
    (b) Collect and label blocks of six kinds of wood useful in woodworking. Describe the chief qualities of each. Give the best uses of each.
  3. Do the following:
    (a) Show the proper care, use, and storage of all working tools and equipment that you own or use at home or school.
    (b) Sharpen correctly the cutting edges of two different tools.
  4. Using a saw, plane, hammer, brace, and bit, make something useful of wood. Cut parts from lumber that you have squared and measured from working drawings.
  5. Create your own woodworking project. Begin by making working drawings, list the materials you will need to complete your project, and then build your project. Keep track of the time you spend and the cost of the materials.
  6. Do any TWO of the following:
    (a) Make working drawings of a project needing beveled or rounded edges and build it.
    (b) Make working drawings of a project needing curved or incised cuttings and build it.
    (c) Make working drawings of a project needing miter, dowel, or mortise and tenon joints and build it.
    (d) Make a cabinet, box, or something else with a door or lid fastened with inset hinges.
    (e) Help make and repair wooden toys for underprivileged children OR help carry out a woodworking service project approved by your counselor for a charitable organization.
  7. Talk with a cabinetmaker or carpenter. Find out about the training, apprenticeship, career opportunities, work conditions, work hours, pay rates, and union organization that woodworking experts have in your area.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Woodwork is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the Woodwork requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

Woodwork merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent approval for requirement(s) #6c.
  1. Woodwork is a rare merit badge with only 4,939 earned in 2018!

Requirement resources

1. First Aid: Cuts - Scratches - Splinters - Bleeding - Shock - Eye Injury
3. Totin' Chip
6. The graph paper you need is included in the workbook (PDF Adobe Acrobat PDF or Word Microsoft Word DOC document)  •  How to draw a Scale Plan
2-7: ExpertVillage.com Lesson Videos:
How to Use a Jig Saw  •  How to Use a Belt Sander  •  How to Use a Lathe  •  How to Use a Miter Saw
How to Use an Orbital Sander  •  How to Use a Finishing Sander  •  How to Make Shadow Box  •  How to Build Bookshelves

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See also

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