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Project by Cozmo35 posted 04-08-2012 12:31 AM 2228 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We all have scrap bins, cut-offs and small pieces of wood that we end up with after every project. Mine was getting out of control. I made every attempt at putting the little pieces to good use but always came up with “almost enough”. So,...I decided to glue them all together and make one big piece of wood. In doing this, I gave no regard to grain direction. After getting them all glued up, I sent them through the planer which just had new blades installed. I took off about 1/32 of an inch at each pass. When it was all said and done, I thought “NOW WHAT!?” What could I make with this collage of different woods.

I just happen to pay my son a visit at his apartment when I saw all his books on the floor in stacks against the wall. I asked him why they were on the floor and he said, “I don’t have a book shelf”. BLING! An idea just popped into my head. I can use the collage to decorate the book shelf. Well, this is the end result. After my wife saw it, she wants one now. Oh well, I have some more scraps so why not.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#1 posted 04-08-2012 12:44 AM


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#2 posted 04-08-2012 02:16 AM

Scrappin’ bookcase…

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#3 posted 04-08-2012 02:30 AM

A farmer is out standing in his field, and that bookshelf will be outstanding in your son’s apartment. Very cool. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#4 posted 04-08-2012 02:56 AM

Turned a heap of scrap into something useful and interesting to say the least.
Good work my friend .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 04-08-2012 03:51 AM

yea!! thats what its all about right there! use the crap outta scrap :) ive done a couple projects now using scraps. I think i almost like it better…lol. great job!

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#6 posted 04-08-2012 10:30 AM

It came out very very beautiful indeed.
Now everyone starts digging the scrap bins…!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#7 posted 04-08-2012 12:59 PM

That’s just fantastic, I can’t believe that came out of a scrap bin! I may have to try to do something like this. Great job!

-- Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

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#8 posted 04-08-2012 01:54 PM

During the Great Depression someone coined the expression: “Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do, or do without!”

Your bookshelf shows that kind of spirit.

Well done!

-- Chuck Murphy

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#9 posted 04-08-2012 03:28 PM

I like that expression Chuck.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 04-08-2012 07:07 PM

Good bookshelf, Mike. Great use of scrap too!

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#11 posted 04-08-2012 07:29 PM

Very creative and super good looking too.

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#12 posted 04-08-2012 09:17 PM

Wow what a great idea, that turned out nice

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#13 posted 04-09-2012 01:56 AM

Late to the party Mike, but glad I finally got to see this piece… All i can say is “Way Too Cool” brother! Ain’t nothing better than using what you have for a purpose. And have it turn out cool like this? Yeah man…. Thats some cool stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#14 posted 04-09-2012 01:25 PM

Great use of scrap materials! I don’t have that substantial a scrap collection, but using this approach, I may never have one!
Thanks for sharing.
Well done.

-- Central Ohio, Still got 9 and 15/16 fingers!

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#15 posted 04-09-2012 03:16 PM

For Centuries scraps of cloth have been ‘Quilted’ together to make blankets, table covers chair throws and even a “Coat of many colors that Joseph wore”.

As with a Quilt, scraps of a dress made for a child or a shirt for father, those project memories and memories of there use, are captured in time in yet another useful project.

I believe you have caught the essence of that in ‘wood’.

Very nicely done. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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