|Project by Cubby||posted 04-02-2012 02:38 PM||2014 views||8 times favorited||13 comments|
“I can’t throw them away.”
Just a stack of wood cutoffs, taking up space in the workshop. It is hard for me to give them up. They would burn nicely in the fire place (won’t do it). Perhaps the garbage? No way, I won’t even think of my wood nuzzling next to potato peels. And then, I see Tawney, their mom, my brother’s daughter. “Didn’t I make a box of blocks for the boys (her sons)?”, I asked. “No”, she replied. An “AHA” moment!, and a new project is born.
This is one example of what woodworkers can do with the cutoffs that clutter the shop. The completed project is a sturdy cherry box filled with those otherwise doomed pieces of wood, all milled and finished using hand tools and filled TO THE TOP. With observation and reasoning, there is a systematic solution that will enable Parker and Landon’s dad to get them back in. Another family member, Anna, tests them out.
Uses for this piece, filled with more than 700 individual blocks, are virtually endless.
1. Mathematics- counting, measuring, English system, metric system, longer, shorter, wider, thicker…
2. Engineering- building, stacking, dominoing, storing
3. Expansion- get them wet and you will learn quickly of the power of wood expansion
4. Wood species identification
5. Wood grain- with the grain, against the grain, face grain, end grain
6. Cut Plane- flat sawn, quarter sawn, rift sawn
7. etc., etc., etc.,
Additionally, it is an excellent exercise in milling and showcases the advantage of hand planes.
.....and it is virtually indestructible (unless it gets wet), a family heirloom that will last for generations.
-- Ron Baird, Pennsylvania, WINDGAP375@aol.com "WORK HARD, BE GOOD, HAVE FUN"