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Project by NiteWalker posted 09-18-2011 03:48 AM 2354 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I just wanted to post a couple of things I do with the scraps I end up with.

When I build my small arcade boxes (I sell these to support my tool hobby/obsession), I always end up with small cutoffs. A lot of guys would throw these in the wood stove; they’re usually small (2 1/4” x ~7”). Instead of throwing them out I make small cauls for gluing up my boxes. I have the bucket about half full.

And from ripping boards to width, I usually end up with long offcuts. I rip these to 1/8” strips and then cut to 8” lengths for finish stirrers. They really come in handy.

Thanks for looking!

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.





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SalvageCraft

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#1 posted 09-18-2011 03:53 AM

Neat! Do you have any pics of the arcade boxes? I’m not even sure I know what an arcade box is! Is that like a pacman gaming console?

-- Jesse --

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NiteWalker

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#2 posted 09-18-2011 04:03 AM

Sort of! These are built for current consoles. I just build the cases, the user supplies and installs the parts.
Here’s a walnut case I made:


I use loose tenons to put them together:

I enjoy building them and they help support my woodwokring hobby/obsession, so I’m happy! :)

I’m waiting to get mine done so I can post it as a project.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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nobuckle

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#3 posted 09-18-2011 06:34 AM

Great use of scrap. I keep little cut-offs like that around for a variety of things. One of the main reasons is so my kids can have something to sand when they want to do something in the shop.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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NiteWalker

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#4 posted 09-18-2011 06:38 AM

Thanks. The cauls I’ve been doing for a while, the finish stir sticks came from me going through the freebies from the borgs too quick. I figured I make a ton of these narrow cutoffs, time to put em to use! :)

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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Dennisgrosen

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#5 posted 09-18-2011 07:26 AM

thankĀ“s for the tip :-)

Dennis

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Taff

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#6 posted 09-18-2011 06:43 PM

Nice idea, I am always in favour of putting scrap pieces to good use.

Taff

-- Glyn, North Carolina

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#7 posted 09-19-2011 12:47 AM

You sound like me. I don’t throw Anything away!! I have been self employed in woodworking for 20 years and back in 2001 I had 100bdft of FAS grade soft maple come up missing. Come to find out employees were “Throwing out” good lumber as scrap and coming back n the middle of the night to fish my lumber from the dumpster. So I got rid of the bad apple employees and soon realized, we didn’t need a dumpster anymore as some of our products have pieces as small as 3/4 X3/4X3/4. And we also actually rip long off cuts into 1/8” thick strips for installing lining in caskets. I like your ideas on using small pieces for clamping cauls.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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NiteWalker

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#8 posted 09-19-2011 09:00 AM

Glad you got rid of those guys! >:(

I don’t have an overabundance of wood, so I don’t mind holding on to scraps. It’s refreshing to find new uses for them.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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