|Project by FloridaArt||posted 11-10-2010 01:24 AM||5531 views||4 times favorited||7 comments|
October, 2010—Most of my hardwood scraps can be glued up with other scraps to make blanks for more band saw boxes. But eventually the remaining scraps simply accumulate. I got the idea to use my table saw and cut the hardwood scraps down to a uniform half-inch thickness. They are all sorts of shapes. I had some plywood scraps, so i simply started gluing the hardwood scraps to the plywood, piece by piece. There is no real plan here. Just get the pieces as close together as possible to minimize gaps. The goal was to use up the scraps!
Once each of these was glued, I used the band saw to trim any awkward edges that were hanging off the plywood. Did a light sanding across the finished piece, and then brushed on 3 or 4 coats of high glass lacquer. I brushed it on rather thick. It self leveled quickly, and dries quickly. Finally, i put a small chain on the back (on the plywood) so these can hang on a hook on the wall. They are shown here hanging on the wall.
A couple people who have seen them have asked if they can be used as trivets. I suppose they could, but a hot pot might mess up the finish. Also, any spilled food would be difficult to clean out of the small spaces and gaps between the wood pieces. I prefer to see these on the wall only. They are fun to make and are interesting to look at.
-- Art | Bradenton, Florida