One of the most basic woodworking projects is building a modelteepee. This project is highly simple and can be done by even the most novice of wood workers. Most of the materials you probably have on hand already.
We will start by gathering the supply list:
- one two foot square piece of wood (regular particle board is ok)
- Green felt or artificial grass two feet square.
- dirt (common easy fill dirt)
- Several Rocks (one to two inches)
- seven sticks(¼ inches to 1/3 inches in diameter and about 12 inches long)
- regular string or twine about 24-36 inches
- Elmer’s glue
- Woodworking glue
- brown paper bag
- crayons or markers
Begin by cutting your wood to size. Use a good bandsaw from http://www.sawinery.net/best-band-saw/ for good results.
Second step is to trace a 12″ circle in the middle of the board. Now Like the numbers on a clock u need to mark the location for seven holes. The places will be in the 12, 3, 9, 5, 7, 1, 11.
Now that you have the locations the holes have to be drilled just smaller thnn the diameter of the stick you are using. The hole has to be drilled on an angle.
This you will have to judge by eye aiming all the sticks to meet in roughly the center of the circle.
Use some wood glue to fill the hole and insert the sticks accordingly. Once glued in place use a small portion of the string to find the tops together. Then set the whole structure aside to dry.
Now cut open the paper bag and lay it flat. You now need to trace the measurements: start with a 24″ line now tracing a second line perpendicular to the first 10″ above it. For proper placement please refer to the drawing.
After connecting the lines you’re ready to cut it out. (Warning this plan and drawings were made by myself and especially on this step should leave room for error.)
Now placing the paper on a flat surface decorate it as you see fit.Then using regular Elmer’s glue fasten the paper to the teepee.Last step is to decorate the board surrounding and inside the teepee I have listed the materials that I used but I will not go into great detail on how to do this to allow for random creativity.
Congratulations you have now made your very own Native American teepee fit for a child’s birthday, Barbie dolls or action figures.