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Making Wall Art Out Of Wood Scraps

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Project by FloridaArt posted 1379 days ago 3871 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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degoose

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#1 posted 1379 days ago

Very arty crafty… a creative use of off cuts… well done..

-- Drink twice... and don't bother to cut... @ lazylarrywoodworks.com.au For lovers of all things timber...

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donjoe

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#2 posted 1379 days ago

Nice look to this. I guess these are not SCRAP pieces after all. Good job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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HalDougherty

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#3 posted 1379 days ago

Glue them to a subfloor and make a hardwood end grain floor. If you only have a small space like a pantry, glue them like you are laying tile and fill any spaces with a hard grout.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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Kathy

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#4 posted 1378 days ago

I love this. I have boxes of band saw scraps. I may have to give this a try!!!

-- curious woodworker

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Jonathan

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#5 posted 1378 days ago

Great idea for those really small pieces that are limited in their uses.

Sort of reminds me of river rocks on a wall.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Goddahavefun

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#6 posted 1378 days ago

Like that idea !! looks fantastic !!!
that has given me inspiration for my scrap bits !!
Thanks for sharing your great piece of work !!!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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