Small Scrap Wood Projects

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Project by MOJOE posted 06-16-2009 04:05 PM 41519 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past few weeks, I have accumulated a few pieces of scrap. To keep me busy and from spending too much money of new wood, I decided to put together a couple small projects. We first have a “crayon box” for my daughter made from aspen and finished with watco danish oil. Next we have a “tiny tendon jig”, started out as kind of a joke, but works quite well for small box pieces. Then the router table for my tablesaw rails, this thing was $13 (baltic birch ply from WoodCraft) and works great. I tried to keep things even with the cast iron so I can put an aux. fence on the tablesaw fence and use it for both tools. Finally, I have a 2-for-1 zero clearance insert. As it sits, it works for my combo blade, and just flip it around and it works for my adjustable dado.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#1 posted 06-16-2009 04:14 PM

A good use of scrape wood, super projects.

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#2 posted 06-16-2009 04:28 PM

Very nice projects from the scraps.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 06-16-2009 04:37 PM

Good stuff!

I have the same saw and would love to do something similar for a router table, but I’m concerned about the sturdiness of those rails. How did you attach/reinforce it?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-16-2009 04:48 PM

I don’t like throwing things away as like the Japanese I take an almost spritual approach to wood realising that it is an honour to get wood in this day and age and be able to work on it.It is true since I started making pens I have been keeping lots of scrap pieces which are really top quality for pen making and I would normally have thrown out .Have fun I love your little box a lot . kindest regards Alistair

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

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#5 posted 06-16-2009 04:57 PM

Great looking projects! Very inventive!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 06-16-2009 05:19 PM

Neat stuff! Like Charlie, I have the same saw and like the router table idea. Would you blog it for us?

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#7 posted 06-16-2009 05:49 PM

Put up a quick blog entry about the construction of the table, hope it answers you questions.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#8 posted 06-16-2009 06:58 PM

Hi there,

I am curious as to how you attached the router table bit to the side of the table saw? I have the rigid too and I am kind of debating how I should do that at the moment.

Good luck,

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#9 posted 06-16-2009 07:16 PM

50+ years in the shop thousands ot books, blogs and forums and that is the 1st time i’ve seen a zero clearance plate that you can flip.. so simple it’s perfect..

small projects are rewarding. helps when your as good as you are.. i would be happy to be a crayon in your shop

-- it's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime i want

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#10 posted 06-16-2009 07:42 PM

router table fits to the tablesaw rails with 1/4” bolts slid into the rail slots. I posted some info on my blog….check it out.

johnpoole… seems that I am always the one saying “wow, never thought of that”.....guess everyone gets lucky from time to time. The insert works well, because my adjustable dado mounts with about a 3/4” offset to account for the adjustment knob.

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#11 posted 10-03-2011 05:14 PM

Nice job on all of these and very good ways to consume “cut offs”.

One question though. Are the ZCIs really zero clearance or are they just close. I make my own inserts, as well, but I do not really do ZCI.

In the way of explanation – I have a Shopsmith and it features an adjustable quill and setting the table and quill exactly the same everytime would be sorta time consuming. Thus ZCI is a one time occurrence for me.

-- Making Sawdust Safely

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