LumberJocks Scrap It Out #1: Announcement

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Blog entry by Martin Sojka posted 10-13-2011 03:50 PM 7225 reads 5 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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We’ve seen it before – scrapping over grease boxes, smallest bandsaw boxes, and even coffee spoons. Yes, indeed, some scrap wood plus some ingenuity and the results were masterful with a whole lot of fun in the process.

Now, the challenge is on to get your scraps together and, with a day or less time in the shop, create some balance: something that balances (from spinning tops to bottle balancers, to … whatever your scrappy little heart desires!

And what are we scrapping it out for? 15 days of fame. At the end of the month one random selection of scrappy balancing projects will be featured on the “home page banner” for 15 days, with a link to the winning project.

The Rules

  1. use only scrap wood
  2. invest a maximum of one day in the shop
  3. build something that balances
  4. entries tagged as “scrappy01”
  5. entries in by October 31, 2011, midnight (Greenwich Mean Time)
  6. one random selection will be made on November 1st
  7. winner will receive home banner fame for 15 days (banner featuring the project will be created by LumberJocks and linked to the project’s page)
  8. you are on your honour re: rules 1 & 2
  9. have fun – fun creating, fun building, fun showcasing your project, and fun “scrapping it out” with your peers.


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#1 posted 10-13-2011 04:01 PM

sweet theme! good luck to all

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 10-13-2011 04:03 PM

HA! Another brilliant contest for us to prove just how “scrappy” we are!

-- "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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Michael Wilson

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#3 posted 10-13-2011 04:17 PM

“I..I can do zat! I can do zat!”

- n00b

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#4 posted 10-13-2011 05:51 PM

There are some great scrappers on the LJ.. This should prove interesting. Thanks Martin.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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A Slice of Wood Workshop

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#5 posted 10-13-2011 06:01 PM

Could be time for some interesting wine bottle balancers to come out of shops.

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#6 posted 10-13-2011 06:51 PM

nice. I will ahve to see what I come up with.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 08:34 PM

Right about now the only thing I’m trying to figure out is how to balance my time well enough to get more done. Between working 50 hours a week and woodworking on Saturdays and Sundays I’m just not getting everything done that I want to get done and sometimes it get’s me down. At 61 years of age I just usually don’t feel like doing anything in the shop when I get home from work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 11:32 PM

Now does the shop time include applying finishes?

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 10-14-2011 01:43 AM

I think that I would interpret “invest a maximum of one day in the shop” as the amount of time YOU spend in the shop, which wouldn’t count glue/finish time. And one day is 24hrs, although I think 12hrs is appropriate.

And I’m guessing this wouldn’t count planning either as I bet there are a lot of people that have already started thinking/sketching/calculating!

But then I’m not running the contest…

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#10 posted 10-14-2011 04:37 AM

cool idea…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 10-14-2011 04:06 PM

I don’t know who came up with this idea but I think this is potentially one of the best contest ideas. I look forward to seeing what creations are born. Too bad it will be a random selection. I’m sure there will be some great entries.

Will Scrappy have an advantage with this contest? Maybe the next contest will be named ‘Rancid’. Build something from the most rancid wood you can find. LOL! :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#12 posted 10-15-2011 07:04 PM

the goal is to put something together rather quickly using scrap materials – and to have fun doing it :)

I know that if the deadline was a month away, we’d have some really serious projects being created. This is more for fun, but ingenuity is encouraged :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 10-17-2011 02:36 AM

This sounds great. I have it drying right now!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 10-17-2011 07:50 AM

Hummmm….Let me think…...A project from SCRAP?????

Where can I find one of those??


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

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#15 posted 10-18-2011 02:29 AM

The LumberJocks are already scrapping it out :)
5 entries at this moment.

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