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Blog entry by Roger posted 02-14-2012 05:19 PM 8920 reads 1 time favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s just a few scraps that have been saved from the firepit. There’s always something you can use a cutoff, or leftover, and whatever for something useful.
Maple cutoffs

Thin Strips (if the scrap is large enough to be safely cut)

Plywood, and 2×4’s make very nice tool holders, etc. for close-at-hand necessities

And a turned hold-down knob for, well, holding something down. A good friend o mine gave me this chunk of Pine that used to be a part of a disassembled barn, a barn that was built in 1880 something, and was dismantled a hundred years later, like 1980 or so.

Then, when you are finished, you’ve gotta reward yourself with a good long-neck of this:

just a scrap piece of 50yr old spalted Oak fun. What do’ya do with your scraps? Post some of your saves. Thnx for lookin. Work/Play safe. Keep makin dust

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Roger Clark aka Rex

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#1 posted 02-14-2012 05:28 PM

OK ZZ, the game is up.
Your shop and tools don’t look like they are ever used.
You can’t fool us, we know what a shop and tools should look like.

-- Roger-R, Republic of Texas. "Always look on the Bright Side of Life" - An eyeball to eyeball confrontation with a blind person is as complete waste of Time.

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#2 posted 02-14-2012 05:32 PM

LOL Rog/Rex…. I’m jus killin a lil time… and not woodworking haha

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 06:11 PM

Every time I walk into the WoodShack, I stop off at the scrap bin and decide what I’m makin’ that day…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#4 posted 02-14-2012 06:12 PM

Some good ideas! Any safety gear held close by a work station is a winner for me.


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#5 posted 02-14-2012 07:10 PM

Roger what do you do before taking pictures in your shop Looks k=like you deep clean it

-- Grandpaj

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#6 posted 02-14-2012 07:20 PM

Good stuff! I put my scraps and cutoffs into a large garbage can next to the saw. The idea was to throw out any scraps that overflowed the can, but mostly I just put them in burlap bags and hide them in the closet!

Its fun to have a story behind the wood. Taken from an old barn, a tree from the yard, a gift from a friend, etc.

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#7 posted 02-14-2012 08:36 PM

Nice one Roger, waste not want not,
Now, come on mate how about some real shots of your shop
:: )))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#8 posted 02-14-2012 08:37 PM


Here is the “Junior Woodchuck” Edition of your cut-off bin.

-- Rick Gustafson - Lost Creek Ranch - Colorado County, Texas

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#9 posted 02-14-2012 08:51 PM

Thanks for the inpsiration to make something from “nothing”. Now I just have to find time to get back into the shop to make some of your sugestions.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#10 posted 02-14-2012 08:53 PM

Great save from the ashes Roger.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 02-14-2012 09:40 PM

Roger I did this all but the drawer fronts out of scraps. It consists of nine different woods. Cedar,sycamore,sapele,oak,pine,popular,bamboo,maple and zebra. I needed a tool box and this was the product.

Now my favorite use for those really crazy cutoffs – toss em in the grill for smoke;)

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 10:09 PM

thnx all. I am a bit of a clean nut. actually, my shop floor (part of it) has some new carpeting.. step over to my shop and have a peak….................. at….................. the….............the psychedelic shack, dats where it’s at.. LOL Oh yea superd. I’ve got all those cubbies in those wall cabinets that I plan on doin somethin like what you did with the different woods as faces. I think that would be physco—delic

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 02-15-2012 12:24 AM

I envy your organizational skills!

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

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Jim Bertelson

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#14 posted 02-15-2012 01:30 AM



That’s a man with time on his hands…....(-:

Well, my current project is a smallish cutoff cart, but kinda on steroids… I can’t point fingers…..(-:

Remember totes, the ultimate shop gizmo from scraps and stuff….....

Of course, then there is the blast gate cleaner that Lew posted, and I immediately built one and it gets regular use, and I used it the week before this vacation.

Today, since I will not have a real sander till next visit, when I will make a well planned trip to Seattle for a pile of small power tools for La Conner, I had the excuse to buy a duplicate of my Bosch Multi-X, which works as a pretty darn good detail sander among other things, and with coarse sandpaper will do a lot of work. That is so I can get my bench top sheathed and edged properly…tomorrow, I hope.

She fell for it…......(-:

Happy Valentine’s Day gals and guys, you are all so …....... sweet …......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#15 posted 02-15-2012 02:31 AM

Don’t let anyone give you crap about your clean/organized shop. You and I both know and appreciate the pleasures of working in a clean environment where you can lay your hands on all your toys without a search party. This doesn’t work for everyone but it does for me. I always do some midproject cleaning while waiting for glue to dry. Keep up the good work. I do think carpet is a bit over the line!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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