Eagle Scout project by Andrew Gherliein, part 2

 Since the inception of the project that Andrew Gherlein envisioned, he has logged many hours into planning, ordering materials, learning how to use new tools, building and painting. This project involved building 12- 8’ benches, 36” high with 2 seating levels for the Lake Forest High School Varsity baseball field and girls softball field dugouts.  Each dugout will have 3 benches, which will be bolted together upon installation.

Glenn Heidbreder, owner of Heidbreder Building Group, introduced Andrew to some new materials for the project.  “Mr. Heidbreder introduced me to his building suppliers and to a Master Woodworker he uses on his jobs.  It was up to me to order materials, schedule delivery and plan out the building schedule.”, said Andrew.

The structure is made of pressure treated pine and the bench surface and seat back are made of a synthetic/composite material called lumber rock, a plastic/wood composite that will last much longer than wood and will not crack, split or splinter.  The bench top is an exterior grade plywood, painted Scouts blue!  Stainless steel fasteners were used so there won’t be any rust or deteriorate over time.

Dozens of man-hours, including assistance from friends, fellow Boy Scouts and family, were needed to get the project to this point, which is a finished product!  Each bench weighs approximately 325 pounds and more man-hours and man-power will be needed to move the 12 benches to the fields and be installed. The existing benches have already been removed by the high school which will make installing the new benches easier. We’re all excited that the benches are scheduled to be installed this coming weekend!

Glenn said, “I was really impressed with Andrew’s persistence and dedication towards this project.  It was a huge undertaking and one which I don’t think Andrew completely understood when he first took this on. After working through the initial concept and design, Andrew took charge and made it all happen.”   Glenn also said, “I am proud of the way he matured and am impressed with his complete work.  I look forward to watching my son Brian play many games at the Varsity field and being able to benefit from Andrew’s hard work.”

“I learned so much from Mr. Heidbreder.” stated Andrew.  “He showed me the proper way to measure, to cut and to use tools and then he entrusted me to use them.  I had never even heard of some of the tools that ended up being very important for this job.  He taught me the value of using good materials.  Then, I shared this knowledge with my friends who helped me with the project.” Andrew also mentioned, “This project has helped me realize that I like working with my hands.  Next school year, I plan to take two semesters of Woodworking and a semester of CAD Engineering.”




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