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A peek at BL Workshop projects from decades past


To close out our 100th birthday year, here’s a glimpse of some BL projects from decades past. Want to try them? Download the PDFs to see the original instructions and guidelines.

Make a photo display
July 1989

With a little woodworking skill, you can display your photos in a collage that can be hung on a wall for everyone to enjoy.


How to make a folding camp lantern
March 1951

Here’s a new item you might add to your list of lightweight equipment — a compact folding lantern.


How to make a periscope
January 1972

Did you ever wish you were a foot taller so you could look over a wall or fence, or be able to see more at a parade? With this easy-to-make periscope, you can.


Temporary Snow Shoes
January 1960

You can follow the example of the Indians and trappers of the far north, when they are caught short in a heavy snow storm. They make emergency shoes.


Dream On
September 1997

Troubled by nightmares? Hang a Native-American dreamcatcher by your bed and you’ll be sleeping soundly.


Comments about “A peek at BL Workshop projects from decades past”

  1. Bomber says:

    Please put more of the “Oldies” on here! They are cool projects

  2. neltz says:

    Anybody have the January 1951 issue which featured Ben Hunts article “ORANGE CRATE CANOE” I am 70 years old and was a boy scout in Rutland, Vermont at the time I read the article. I now live in Tucson, Arizona and would like to try and build it. Thank you!

  3. Bevaroni says:

    Ben Hunt’s projects are great. More of these!

  4. chaz says:

    please add more of the “old” projects

  5. mo says:

    I think that the snow shoes are easy to make

  6. BC says:

    Seems the like the projects were cooler back then…so were the articles, todays BL reads like a comic book..

  7. billythecoolguy says:

    i need a simple project to do that can be a decoration for your room.thoughts?ideas?i need some.

  8. weirdlo says:

    I mean cardboard

  9. weirdlo says:

    can you use ardboard for the periscope?

  10. webepack96 says:

    oh wow this is good advice and it’s cool

  11. armyman says:

    These all look complecated.

  12. jake48154 says:

    I think these are all great. These thibgs could really come in handy in the northern part of the U.S.

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