How much can you make out of scraps.

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Blog entry by Ed Elizondo posted 07-27-2009 03:31 AM 1576 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was piddling around the workshop the other day and as usual I just want to make something. Well I decided that I would make a air compressor caddy that would afford me a work table on top so I could have someplace to put down the various tools that I used on various projects. I didn’t want to go out and buy some lumber for this so I started looking around for some scraps that would suit the purpose. Did I have any scraps? Hmmmmm. Like most wood workers we just don’t throw out anything unless it is just not worth cutting, staining, or using for drawer pulls. Long story short, I found what I needed and got to work. It wasn’t pretty, but it was functional and it suit my purpose and I got to cut something up. Hooray. Well I will insert the picture once I get my camera to work. I need to get more organized in my scrap pile. You know, two finger stack, five finger stack, and ten finger stack, that’s how many fingers it takes to pick up. Naaaaah, I think I like it just the way it is.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#1 posted 07-27-2009 03:44 AM

We definitely need pictures.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 07-27-2009 03:51 AM

This is one of my favorite things to do with scarp. I can’t throw good hardwood wood away. I make more picture frames than I can count. Different sizes, mix of wood, jointery and finishes. Just have to make something in between big projects.

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#3 posted 07-27-2009 07:16 AM

Ed, Just as a sample, My handle is Scrappy for a reason. I have 35 projects posted and the ONLY wood purchased is cut offs and shorts from Saw4fun. Except for the piece of plywood for my daughters DVD stand. Allomst all of my wood comes from pallets.

You can make a LOT from scraps! Keep the imagination going (and the glue handy) haha


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

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#4 posted 07-27-2009 12:50 PM

isn’t “searching” half of the fun?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 07-27-2009 01:40 PM

Yes Ms Debbie! Searching is half the fun. I search for great materials during every lunch hour. If I am not pulling scraps out of local shop scrap bins then I am having a bad day!

What they consider scrap, I consider gold. I will purchase a little bit of exotics here and there, but 95% of everything I make is with scrap materials.

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