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Project by CharlieM1958 posted 09-12-2007 03:08 PM 1289 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Once again I turned to the scrap pile this weekend looking for something to do. Disposable income for materials has been hard to come by since I packed the youngest one off to college in NYC recently. The scraps are getting smaller and smaller as I whittle down the stack, so I’m having to get more creative with what I do with them.

My wife has the annoying (to me) habit of leaving magazines and newspapers on the arms of a large chair in the den she uses for reading. I’m trying here to give her a neater alternative. I pretty much designed it on the fly.

This project isn’t much in the looks department, but it was actually pretty challenging to mill all the parts out of various leftovers (maple and walnut), and keep everything square during the glue up. The joints are dowel-reinforced. The maple is stained to match the cabinetry, then everything got a coat of danish oil followed by three coats of wipe-on satin poly.

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





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Lip

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#1 posted 09-12-2007 03:18 PM

Are you kiddin’ ... came out looking great Charlie … don’t know why, but I’ve never been a big fan of the more traditional V shaped magazine racks a lot of people have in their homes … and yes … my wife has that annoying (to me) habbit as well … so two thumbs up!

-- Lip's Dysfuncational Firewood Farm, South Bend, IN

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gbvinc

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#2 posted 09-12-2007 03:34 PM

Nicely done! Good choice of wood.

I like the fireplace too!

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 09-12-2007 04:40 PM

Tha must be a pretty impressive scrfap pile, Charlie. It sure looks good to me.

Lip has a wife?????

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Buckskin

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#4 posted 09-12-2007 04:49 PM

That is what a scrap pile is for. To make great accents to your decor. Great job!

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CharlieM1958

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#5 posted 09-12-2007 04:56 PM

Thanks, Guys.

Now as far as Lip having a wife…. they say there is someone out there for everybody! :-)

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

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mot

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#6 posted 09-12-2007 05:05 PM

That’s perfect Charlie! We have a hearth similar to that and my wife put a basket there to hold stuff. It blocks the glass doors from opening completely. Your solution is going to be my solution! Thanks for posting!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Gary

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#7 posted 09-12-2007 07:09 PM

I like the quality of the workmanship and finish of this piece.
What I really like about this is the engineered factor.
Even though I’ve got a huge lumber stack full of various stock, I enjoy designing a piece so that I can make it strong without using a lot of material—keeping it light while making it a worker.
Very nice.
Gary

ps: when you get really, really low on material, send me a pm. It’s gettin’ to be that time when I’ll need to box up and send off more free scraps for the cost of shipping.
G

-- Gary, Florida. http://www.penturners.org/forum/f70/servicepens-2014-a-111967/

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 09-12-2007 07:20 PM

Thanks, Gary.

I was almost surprised myself at how lightweight, yet strong and rigid this piece was when it was finished.

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

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Brad_Nailor

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#9 posted 09-12-2007 07:20 PM

Nice rack…well done for on the fly and out of the scrap pile!
Gary said:
ps: when you get really, really low on material, send me a pm. It’s gettin’ to be that time when I’ll need to box up and send off more free scraps for the cost of shipping.
G
Can I get on that mailing list? whatcha got ?

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Napaman

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#10 posted 09-13-2007 12:08 AM

Nice job…looks great—-and I think we need a new challenge—-SCRAP WOOD PROJECTS…show a picture of the wood before…and what you can come up with…mixing scraps from different projects…etc…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Kaleo

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#11 posted 09-13-2007 01:25 AM

I really like this piece. Maybe because I love the strong shapes and clean minimal look. There’s nothing on this that doesn’t need to be there. Youv’e pared down the design to the essentials and it looks great.

-- Kaleo , http://www.kalafinefurniture.com

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 09-13-2007 02:02 AM

Now that you mention it, Kaleo, it DOES almost look like something you might have designed. (And I take that as a high compliment!)

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

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TomFran

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#13 posted 09-13-2007 02:10 AM

Nice magazine rack, Charlie. That wavy maple looks great.

Now, aren’t you glad that your wife has that annoying habit, because if she didn’t, you never would have been motivated to make this nice rack!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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cajunpen

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#14 posted 09-13-2007 04:34 AM

Great looking piece Charlie. I like the fireplace too – but I have a pretty good idea that living here in SE Louisiana, like me, that you don’t get to use it very often :-)).

Now for the really important question – did your wife put the magazines in the rack that you built – or did you end up doing it yourself (like the rest of us would have done :-)).

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 09-13-2007 04:59 AM

LOL! You know darn good and well that I put the magazines on the rack. It’s kinda like when you have to keep putting the new puppy on the newspaper till it’s trained.

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

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