scrap wood project

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Project by loverlips posted 01-11-2011 06:00 PM 4564 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

scrap wood project, cannot wait to stain it. lid was joined using kreg jig. started with ruff cut lumber.
made a mistake on the lid, made it right length wrong width had to glue on 5/8 to both sides to make it wider. was running desperately low on oak. took three days long days to build. I think I used every tool I own at least once.
I will post more pics the good the bad and the plain ugly of this project in the next couple days.. this project started out teaching someone how to use tools and basic cabinet skills then he wanted to know what the guide thingy was for on the router lol…. before ya know it I am screwing my router to a piece of plywood and making trim…... my biscuit joiner was loaned out at the time good thing this could of got a lot more involved.
I am an interior trim carpenter and used to setting up on the fly I have been out of work for awile and had to break everything out just to make sure everything still worked.

this site is so awesome I cannot stop looking at others projects. been on here for 2 hours and i need to get dressed and get on with my day and i cannot get away from this computer lol.

stain is dark walnut minwax.. it says not to thin but i did anyway one quart of mineral spirits to one pint wish i would of stained everything but the poplar trim but all in all came out better than expected. as you can see my lid wanted to warp so i stained it and torked it while it was still wet will leave it like that a couple days then i can put poly on it. the oak was still kinda fresh and now i wish i would of let it dry a couple more weeks but some of the shrinkage is adding character to it. I also added some pics of my shop everything is now back in the trailer lol.
the panels where cut to size and lightly glued then micro pined into place then i made a glue and oak dust putty to fill in the cracks and sanded while still slightly wet, that helps it adhere and pulls in the dust that helps blend the color .
most of my work is hidden from one side custom hurry up and get it done lol…. so i have learned a lot of cheater methods of making the homeowner side look good… and still be stable.
I am leaving the inside of the box and lid pocket holes exposed mom thinks it looks cool. If anyone reading this has a good idea of making pocket hole plugs instead of buying them i would love to hear it.

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#1 posted 01-11-2011 06:03 PM

Nice chest, I think I would just oil it instead of staining. Oh, and WELCOME to LJs

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#2 posted 01-11-2011 06:10 PM

Nice I agree with a clear finish, the Poplar will pop out.


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 01-11-2011 06:11 PM

thank you. I wish i knew how to do oil.

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#4 posted 01-11-2011 06:13 PM

Even a polyurethane or laquer will make it stand out, the darker poplar will turn almost black.

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 01-11-2011 06:13 PM

Just use an oil based polyurathane. Will slightly darken the wood as it seals.

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#6 posted 01-11-2011 06:48 PM

Nice job using scraps. Very good work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#7 posted 01-11-2011 07:36 PM

I agree with the others a clean finish would be best. Here is a link to minwax’s guide to clear finishes, I personally prefer oil based polyurethane however some find the polycrylic to be very easy to use.

-- "A woodworking project is either a masterpiece or a POS" Dr. Lang

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#8 posted 01-11-2011 07:54 PM

thank you I will check it out,

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#9 posted 01-11-2011 07:58 PM

I guess it depends on the look you’re wanting to achieve? You do have a lot of different colors/tones going on. Do you want it to all look the same, or highlight the poplar by going dark on the oak for contrast, or maybe another direction? It really depends on how much time and effort you want to put in on finishing it, I suppose?

I think you did a pretty good job on correcting your error on the top. You could probably hide that even more if you tried to even out the oak with a dye or gel stain, before putting on your topcoat.

Welcome to LumberJocks, by the way!

-- 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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#10 posted 02-06-2011 04:59 AM

Nice job. Welcome to LJ. For the pocket holes, you can always just find a dowel the size of the hole made from whatever wood, contrast, same, etc. Poke the dowel in the hole with a little glue on the end and use a flush cut saw to cut the dowel free. Sand to flat and you’re good to go.

-- Jim

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#11 posted 02-06-2011 05:02 AM

Very nice! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#12 posted 02-06-2011 05:15 AM

I like the contrasting colors of the top and the sides. Nice piece from nothing but scraps.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#13 posted 02-06-2011 07:42 PM

thank you for all the great comments and for welcoming me to the forum. I think I am going to learn how to use tung oil. I really like the projects in here that use it. I guess i always thought it would stay oily, so have stayed away from it. it sure does add tone without taking away the color.
looks like this will be my last project for awhile. the economy has forced me to sell just about everything and will be some time before I can afford to acquire the tools needed get back into woodworking. good luck to everyone out there.

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#14 posted 02-06-2011 07:54 PM

Well …. after careful consideration, and a fair amount of time spent going over each picture … I can honestly say … I love it.

If this is what you do with your scrap, I’ll be looking forward to seeing what you can do with The Good Stuff :-)

I’ve been in that position, before, myself—where you have to sell things that are near and dear to you to keep the groceries coming in. I’m sorry. Hope you’re able to turn that situation around, soon, and get back to woodworking—where you obviously have talent :-)

-- -- Neil

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