Cutoff Storage Cabinet/Rack

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Project by kbiniowa posted 02-24-2012 10:56 PM 2918 views 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Perhaps I am a little crazy, but I seem to have a cutoff problem. I collect and save more wood cutoffs than any sane man should. I look at a piece of wood and say, “This is from a really nice piece of hard maple, I’m sure that I can use this down the road!”

Needless to say, I am never short of wood for the fire pit. There is never a need to walk through the woods out back in search of kindling.

The cabinet is made with oak plywood. The shelving and vertical pieces are glued into dado slots. I cut thin strips of red oak and glued the strips to all exposed plywood edges. The cabinet was finished with Danish oil and a few coats of a wipe on polyurethane.

Many cut offs remain in baskets, crates, and empty trash cans in my shop, but the rule for what goes into the cut off cabinet is: cut offs must be a minimum of 3” wide, 12” long, and a nice hardwood.

-- Keith - Iowa

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#1 posted 02-24-2012 11:05 PM

That’s a fine home for cutoffs, they seem to grow like weeds don’t they

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 02-24-2012 11:24 PM

Just like clamps, one can never have too many cutoffs!

You cabinet looks fantastic! It even looks better than my livingroom furniture.

Thanks for posting.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 02-24-2012 11:37 PM

If I had room, I’d copy it, only in hard maple. Understand about not throwing anything away. I was always taught: “Waste not, want not.” We saved everything on the farm when I was growing up.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 02-24-2012 11:44 PM

You just solved an issue – storing cufoffs! Storing cutoffs under the workbench is a great idea. I might recondiser my idea of using under-the-bench space! Thanks.



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#5 posted 02-24-2012 11:47 PM

If you are crazy, then you are certainly not alone. That is a great looking shelf for cutoffs, or countless other things. Nice job!

-- If I could just get this whole "Time/Money" problem figured out...

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#6 posted 02-24-2012 11:55 PM

Very fancy cabinet for cut offs, nice work.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 02-25-2012 12:48 AM

holy moly.. break out the china, and lets eat… that is a very nice cutoff rack

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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