what to do with small scraps

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Project by jcsterling posted 02-26-2009 04:38 AM 8439 views 126 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As all of you know, you will accumulate vast amounts of small pieces that you just cannot allow yourself to discard. Rather than die buried under a avalanche of wood scraps you must either turn them into something useful or BTU’s. This is my response to the former task…..many (too many to count at this point) small boxes of varying sizes and designs. Hope this inspires you to get rid of that pile of wood scraps that you just cannot part with.

p.s. the biggest box pictured here is in the first photo (white background walnut and sycamore box) it measures 3.5”d x 5”w x 2.5” tall

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 04:50 AM

That is a great idea and you did an outstanding job of it. Those are far out. Excellent!

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 05:02 AM

Stellar! All Your work shows the best of that elusive connect between man and material, Yes I am inspired,Thanks

-- The Earth is slow,Yet the oxen are patient

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 05:13 AM

These are great! I have a truckload of small scraps filling up my garage. I might have to follow your lead.

Of course, it’s all Home Depot woods, like poplar, maple, and red oak, but still. I can probably shine them up :)

-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 05:24 AM

Really nicely done. What did you use for the decorative bottoms? It adds to an already impressive collection of boxes.

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 05:37 AM

Beautifull work. Love all the different designs. Thanks for the ideas!

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

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 05:43 AM

Those are some great looking boxes. Some small pieces of wood are the most beautiful The compression grain around knots etc.

-- 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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#7 posted 02-26-2009 06:07 AM

I’ve been trying to come up with something for all those cut offs, thanks for the post.

-- Doug, Reed City, Michigan

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 09:54 AM

Nice, interesting little pieces. Im a big fan of reusing the scrap wood.

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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#9 posted 02-26-2009 01:43 PM


Great idea.


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#10 posted 02-26-2009 02:11 PM

these are great. And to think that they are scraps.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 02-26-2009 06:46 PM

Incredible use of scraps ! Congratulations on your tiny inventions : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#13 posted 02-26-2009 07:34 PM

These are really neat. I especially like the patterned liners. Great designs.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 02-26-2009 10:27 PM

Clever use of scraps. Your designs are really clever – well done.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 03-02-2009 01:18 AM

Thanks for all the nice comments….remember when working with small pieces (and large) you need to be able to count to 10 at the end of the day. No bloodletting to the saw gods.

-- John , Central PA , on facebook:!/pages/JC-Sterling-fine-furniture/104430802928776

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