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Project by jack1 posted 1796 days ago 1328 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I hate to throw away cut offs (what goes into my kindling box would make very short toothpicks). I’m always looking for new uses for these little treasures. Simple toys are one of the answers.
I saved the doug fir circles (hole saw plugs) from a replacement baluster I built for a porch on an Arts & Crafts type house in Sacramento. The pine cut outs came from a couple of my mini wheelbarrows. The two I’m showing I actually use as tracing templets for the cutouts when I make a new wheelbarrow.
I laminated 4 cutouts and final shaped the resulting block on a sanding table. The two wheels had already been center drilled from the hole saw jig so I put a phillips screwdriver through both of them so they could spin and cleaned up the circles on the same sanding table.
After locating a suitable position for the wheels and then marking the center on the block with the same phillips screwdriver, I then used an extra long drill bit on the drill press to drill all the way through the block. This allowed me to mount the wheels on the same location on opposite sides exactly. I used 2” gold screws after counter sinking the holes.
I attached an eye screw, tied on a piece of cord with two half hitches and made a bowline knot for a hand loop on the “pulling end” and it was done. Once the block was glued and dry, it took less than one hour of work
This one is going to the grandson. ;o)

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





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tmiller

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#1 posted 1796 days ago

Fun! Thanks for posting the pics/project.

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Russel

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#2 posted 1796 days ago

With the amount of scrap I generate, I’m going to have to start thinking along these lines.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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bamasawduster

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#3 posted 1796 days ago

Neat concept, scrap to project. I wooden have thought to go in that direction. However, I on the other hand can turn a decent project into scrap in a heartbeat

-- Gary, Huntsville. Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#4 posted 1796 days ago

Neat idea Jack.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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SCOTSMAN

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#5 posted 1796 days ago

Kid’s love things like this I am very supportive of your ideas well done Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1796 days ago

fun toy Jack

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jack1

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#7 posted 1795 days ago

Thanks for the comments!

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

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bilbaggins

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#8 posted 933 days ago

neat! gonna make some too!

-- bilbaggins says: The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now. ~ Chinese proverb

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