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Blog entry by Karson posted 1506 days ago 1162 reads 0 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made the trek to my wood supplier that gives us free scrap wood for our Toy Making outreach at the Mason Dixon Woodworkers. These toys are given to underprivledged children at Christmas time. We usually make about 1300 or so toys each year.

This is my catch from the past week. Approx 200 BD ft of Honduras Mahogany. A lot of it is 10/4 square and 30 to 35” long. I can get all of the wood that is less than 36” long. I’m also going through his cuttoff bin and taking all Sapele that is less than 2” wide, no matter what the length. I’m getting some pieces that are 16’ long of course I’m cutting them to fit in my van. We are also making a stake body truck from Sapele this year. It was last made with Cherry 2 years ago.

I plan on making approx. 120 Roaring 20’s Sports Car. The car will be made with Mahogany with the seats, tool boxes, radiator, and storage trunk lid being made with Sapele.

The plans are from Woodworkers Journal July/August 1993.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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dustyal

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#1 posted 1506 days ago

... awesome…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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lew

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#2 posted 1506 days ago

So that’s where my gift came from!!

The dark rolling pin is finished.

Lew

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

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Karson

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#3 posted 1506 days ago

Great Lew. I’m going to try and make the jig this week to fit on Pat’s saw.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 1506 days ago

Great project Karson. What’s the current deal on toys and the hazmat law? resolved yet?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Karson

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#5 posted 1506 days ago

The regulations are not yet put in place. I written all of my congressmen and asked them to modify the regulations to allow us to use the MSDN sheets from the finish manufactures so that we don’t have to certify our toys.

We’ll see.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1506 days ago

ditto what Autumn said. Scrap?

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Karson

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#7 posted 1506 days ago

It’s scrap, because they only keep it around in case they need to make a replacement part for the product being constructed. No-one ever goes to the under 35” stuff to get replacement wood.

I guess they only make mistakes in larger pieces. Some have splits etc so they are not #1 quality for a window or door for a 1 million+ dollar home. Others are just shorts. I’ve picked up wood that had years of dust on them, so the boss was right, no one ever goes to those bins for replacement pieces.

Everything is cut originally out of virgin planks. The “Scrap Bins” are only for replacement parts. Even if they are gluing up 2” pieces they don’t go there first.

Before I started getting it, it was taken home and burned in a fireplace, because none of the employees are woodworkers at home. Only at work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scrappy

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#8 posted 1506 days ago

Fantastic score of wood Karson. And it is going to a good cause.

Keep up the generouse work.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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jack1

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#9 posted 1506 days ago

who winds you up in the morning? ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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mmh

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#10 posted 1506 days ago

Nice toys!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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Eagle1

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#11 posted 1506 days ago

Great thing to do for the kids..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 1506 days ago

GREAT!!!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 1506 days ago

Hi KArson;

What you do every year is great. And the lumber supplier is to be commended as well.

But I do have a question:

How do they verify the lumber is still virgin?

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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patron

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#14 posted 1506 days ago

lee is right ,
could be like one of those concerts in the 60’s in that pile of scraps !

well done karson ,

thanks for helping the kids !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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lumberdustjohn

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#15 posted 1506 days ago

Nice pile of wood.
I am sure it will convert into many young smiles.
Thanks

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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