From the scrap bin......Board

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Project by JL7 posted 04-26-2011 02:43 AM 3365 views 11 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the goal was to use up some of those “scraps” too good to throw away….....

No plan – OBVIOUSLY! But still came out kind of cool – all end grain. Probably 30 glue-ups or so, just a guess and likely has 20 different species in there somewhere – mostly exotics.

In the end, I still ended up with a bunch of scraps, only smaller… what?

Thanks for looking…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#1 posted 04-26-2011 02:50 AM

Wow, this is really cool.
A great way to use up scraps.

-- Chuck

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#2 posted 04-26-2011 03:08 AM

Jeff, it was either Dusty56 or taidsturning that did something like this and called it his crazy quilt. This is your crazy quilt LVDT. Somebody WILL buy this. I just throw my end cuts like that away. Looks like I might just have to save them now. Good job and crazy glue up


-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 03:19 AM

Well I promise you one thing, there is not another on planet Earth like this one! I like it. The initails turned out well also.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#4 posted 04-26-2011 03:25 AM

Hey Chuck and Jim – thanks for the comments!

Jim – No doubt people will buy anything, but I wouldn’t recommend drafting a business plan around this concept! Lot’s of putzy time to make all the seams work.

Here is my suggestion on the scraps. While you are waiting for the glue to dry on your current project, clean up the scraps and just glue them up into some form. Then throw them in the bucket until you have a quantity of weird shaped glueups…..never know what you can make out of them?

For this I used the band saw to cut all the nominal thickness – much safer than the table saw for little scraps…...


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 04-26-2011 03:28 AM

Thanks Kevin – I have to agree – I’m not worried about copyright infrigement. A friend at work built the branding iron on the cnc for the initials…..I figured I better get my name on in case someone tries to copy it!


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 04-26-2011 03:29 AM

Make some coasters, hot pads, candle stick stands or exotic building blocks.. Dont toss em. Man that table is something to be proud of. Great job. Oh the end grain sanding you must have done. I’m sorry. I hate sanding.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#7 posted 04-26-2011 03:30 AM

Amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us!

-- Grant Laird Jr - Garland, Texas

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#8 posted 04-26-2011 03:34 AM

Hey Dave – appreciate the comments….the sanding wasn’t too bad – started with 1” thick nominal and sanded out at 29/32”. The drum sander starting with 60 grit and following up with 100 and 150 took about 40 minutes or so. Maybe 20 minutes with ROS…...

My first end grain boards were done without the drum sander and that’s painful…...


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#9 posted 04-26-2011 03:57 AM

Totally great use. I can’t throw small scraps away either. I think it kindof looks like a sampler patchwork quilt. Thanks for sharing your art.

-- Chuck.. aka Pickpapa`'`'`'`'`'` The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of His being, sustaining all things by His powerful word. Heb. 1:3

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#10 posted 04-26-2011 05:06 AM

Jeff did you leave it at an oil finish or did you top coat it? I do love the knot.
Now the true test. Get a chair and place a small child in it. If the child becomes memorized by your table you created beauty in wood.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 05:27 AM

Grant and Pickpapa – appreciate the comments!

Dave – just mineral oil finish for now – will likely do the beeswax/oil thing later – it was built as a cutting board, but realistically, not sure that all these exotics are ideal for the kitchen…...

The mineral oil really darkens alot of these species, especially the IPE, Cocobola and the other Rosewoods, making it really hard to photograph…..I should have snapped some photos before the oil….previously, I’ve tried salad bowl finish on some of these oily woods, and it doesn’t dry, just stays tacky and dull looking. Always looking for input on this topic..

For the true test Dave – I will have to give that a try… “kids” are now 20 and almost 18 and they are not mesmorized by anything dad does! I have friends with some young-ens so we’ll give it the test then…..


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 05:27 AM

Jeff, Excellent use of scraps. I like the way your made the contrast and color combinations. The worst scenario is the beginning where you make a jigsaw puzzle. A very tedious work that will yield to a high level achievement. The second will be the enevitable gaps that you will need to cut and recut. The reward is so high in this kind of work. I appreciate what you have done and will remind me to continue collecting cut-offs and scraps… TOO GOOD TO THROW AWAY.

-- Bert

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#13 posted 04-26-2011 10:35 AM

Oh thx now you have done it. I have to start saving my scraps form the cutting boards… LOL Great idea, and I have to agree. I won’t really make money on them but a good filler project in between glue-ups and/or finishing. Great idea, thx for sharing.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 04-26-2011 02:08 PM

Wow, what a nice way to use up all those valuable scraps- and exotics ,too.That must have taken you a bit of time. thanks for sharing!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#15 posted 04-26-2011 02:14 PM

Hey Jeff,
Wow, that is so cool.

I really like it, and it looks like you had so much fun putting it together. I can just tell.
Now I need to look at my scrap bin in a different light.

I appreciate your comment about grown up children. I hear ya.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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