Making More Art From Scraps

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Project by Jay Neale III posted 05-22-2009 07:16 PM 1783 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I was building a set of cabinets for an artist friend of mine. He wanted two cabinets built to hold some old drawers he had lying around in his garage. They had to roll on heavy casters, mount under an old door he was going to use as a work surface, and the drawers had to be on full extension slides. Well, the drawers weren’t made for the slides, and there were chips in some of the drawer fronts, so the project looks like crap, but he’s a painter and he wanted me to build him something that could get messed up and beat to death and stand up to the pounding. He didn’t care what it looked like and didn’t want to pay for √¶sthetics. So I delivered the cabinets pictured above.

But that’s not what this is about.

I built the frames for these cabinets out of 2×4s because I know how rough my friend will treat them. I half-lapped all the joints. I used some extra stock to set up for cutting those joints and, when I was done with the project, there were two test pieces, just sitting there, begging to be touched.

I cleaned them up, glued them together, drilled three holes with my 1 7/8” Forstner bit, finished the piece with some satin polyurethane, and now I have a brand new candle holder to sell. It seems to work perfectly when placed at the corner of a table, and it doesn’t take up much room.

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#1 posted 05-22-2009 07:21 PM

Cool Idea!

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#2 posted 05-22-2009 07:46 PM

very nice work on that candleholder!

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#3 posted 05-22-2009 07:57 PM

good thinking cool design

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#4 posted 05-22-2009 08:23 PM

Thanks! I kind of liked this one too. And now I know what to do with my test pieces after finishing a project.

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#5 posted 05-22-2009 09:13 PM

Good idea. It looks very nice. I always love to see how people manage their scrap without just throwing it away or burning it. This will be an enjoyable piece for a long time now.

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#6 posted 05-22-2009 09:47 PM

I couldn’t stand burning my scraps. Maybe if they’re mesquite…

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#7 posted 05-23-2009 06:59 AM

Nice work Jay.

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#8 posted 05-23-2009 08:15 AM

Great job. Love the use of scraps.

Kep up the inovative designs.


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#9 posted 05-23-2009 04:46 PM

Nice candle holder and desk cabinets for your friend. Looks good.

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