"Looking on the bright side" or "Oh (s)crap!"

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Blog entry by Derek Lyons posted 10-08-2008 01:07 AM 774 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a newbie woodworker, I’ve on several occasions joked with buddies that I was annoyed when a video or a plan said “use a piece of scrap”... Because I don’t actually have a wide assortment of scrap, mostly just some tag ends of 2×4’s left over from building shelves in the storage room last year and few small odds and ends from projects this year.

So, today, I set out to build a tenoning jig for a project… I was actually doing pretty well, solving design and assembly issues, getting parts cut and assembled… And then I hit a dead end. How I’d planned for the jig to work wasn’t physically possible with my jig as built and the fence I have.

Well at least I got some practice in, and now have a bunch of very nice 3/4” MDF scrap.

It just happens I’ll need some 3/4” MDF scrap for the tenoning jig I’m building…


-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#1 posted 10-08-2008 01:42 AM

Great story!!

To me, a wood scrap is anything the doesn’t fit thru the 1 1/2” shop vac hose.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 10-08-2008 01:56 AM

Boy have I had days like that. At least you got some “scrap” for your next project. I never understood why its called scrap. I look at it as wood I haven’t found a project or jig for yet.

-- Jimmy, Oklahoma "It's a dog-eat-dog world, and I'm wearing milkbone underwear!"

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#3 posted 10-08-2008 01:58 AM

thanks for the smile. I’m with you, I “keep” very little actual scrap on hand, but occasionally, they do come in handy.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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#4 posted 10-08-2008 04:13 AM

mistakes = scraps, scraps = small projects.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#5 posted 10-30-2008 11:31 PM

lol I love the story!!!
Silver linings are great things :)

You could write a book: “How To Build Your Own Scrap” :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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