If you’re like a lot of Scouts, you’ve collected plenty of patches over the years. Unfortunately, many get tossed into plastic bags or shoeboxes where only dust mites see them.
Don’t let that happen to yours. Use a hide rack patch display. Based on Native American “hide racks” that cured fur pelts, this display lets you show off your souvenirs and practice knots and hitches.
WHAT YOU’LL NEED
- Two one-inch-diameter dowels, 42 inches long
- Two one-inch-diameter dowels, 29 inches long
- 1⁄8-inch cotton cord
- 1⁄8-inch bit and drill
- Wood screws and screwdriver
- Piece of brown or tan synthetic suede leather, 24 inches wide by 36 inches long
- 24 inches of self-adhesive Velcro fastening tape, 1⁄2 inch wide
WHAT YOU’LL DO
Step 2: Drill a 1⁄8-inch pilot hole about 11⁄2 inches deep at each corner. Be sure not to drill completely through the horizontal dowels. Secure each corner with a screw and turn the frame over.
Step 3: With the cotton cord, tie a square lashing on each of the four corners.
Step 5: Trim the hide about two inches smaller than the frame. Save the leftover scraps.
Step 6: Cut a row of 1⁄4-inch-long slits along the edges of the hide, spacing the slits about one inch apart and 1⁄2 inch from the edge.
Step 9: Position the hide in the center of the frame and begin looping the laces through the slits—under the hide and over the dowel. Keep an even tension by working in opposite directions. End with a final clove hitch.
Step 11: To mount the Velcro, peel off the plastic strip covering the hook side of a Velcro pad and stick it to the patch. Then peel off the strip covering the fuzzy side and stick it to the hide. (Keeping the hook and fuzzy sides consistent will make it easier to rearrange your patches later.)
Step 12: Tie leather strips to the upper corners of the frame to form hanging loops. Attach the rack to your wall using nails or picture hangers. Besides patches, you can also display hat pins, historic trail medals, ribbons or other mementos. What better way to show off the things you’re proud of!
PHOTOS OF COMPLETED PROJECT
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