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Project by Tokolosi posted 07-30-2012 11:12 PM 2090 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m not sure why I made this…ehrm…project. Then again I’m not sure why I do a lot of things. But thats for a completely different forum. Unless there are phsyciatrists here posing as woodworkers. But I digress.

This is a box I made from a bucket load of off-cuts. Because of the type of projects I make and the woods I use (mostly reclaimed from pallets, old furniture and throw-aways from cabinet shops) I have a lot of approximately 3/8”-1/2” off-cutts. A week or so ago I took a bunch of these and glued them together. Pretty much reaching into the bin and grabbing whatever came next. Like you would a cutting board. I made three of these. Cut them square and ran them through the planer. Two of the boards I crosscut and one was quartered. I reglued everything together in a pretty random order making the “plank” in picture four. Basic math dictated me the dimensions of the biggest box I could make. 3 1/2” x 4 1/2” x 9”.

Sanded to 400 grit. Finished with Danish oild, couple of coats of wipe on poly and wax. It consists of;

Oak (at least three varieties)

I havent made up my mind exactly how I feel about it. Dont think I will make another but it does kinda grow on you. Like a wart. Thanks for looking. Just dont look at it too long. It may cause dizziness or seizures.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#1 posted 07-30-2012 11:17 PM

What a gr8 collage of good scraps to make a fine box with. Super nice

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#2 posted 07-30-2012 11:19 PM

I occasionally just grab some scraps and glue them up. I always wind up using them for something. Nothing I recall came out as nice as this though.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#3 posted 07-30-2012 11:43 PM

Dude !!!!! You have outdone yourself. These are GREAT. I LOVE these boxes.

A lotta work in putting/gluing everything together but man what a final project.

Again…..I think these are just unique as all get out! Great job!!!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 07-30-2012 11:52 PM

I really reaallllyyy dig this project. I love things that start off as screwin around and come out cool. You nailed it scrap cap’n!

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

#5 posted 07-30-2012 11:56 PM

This is a way cool project

-- (L an D Woodworks)

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#6 posted 07-31-2012 12:47 AM

Very interesting. I don’t think I could ever get all those pieces glued up into any semblance of flat. How did you do that?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 07-31-2012 01:41 AM

That’s neat and that’s the way you view art and it’s beautiful.

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 02:13 AM

That is just CRAZY cool. It does look as if it was a major PITA. LOL. Very creative and great use of scrap. You make me want to go through my scrap pile, but I think my kids have laid claim to it to learn to make boxes.


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#9 posted 07-31-2012 05:02 AM

How do you keep from having glue lines showing on every part of this??

I’m kinda just getting started and tips are being read daily I just need better ones sometimes.

Great looking box though!!! If I could do that I wouldn’t be sitting here typing that’s for sure

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#10 posted 07-31-2012 08:30 AM

Tokolosi well done Regards Tambotie

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#11 posted 07-31-2012 09:54 AM

I love it when people are imaginative & use what they have. You also get a pat on the back for reclycling. Good for you. I think your box may be wild & sorta crazy, but it grows on one if we know it’s reused material. Great box & build.

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#12 posted 07-31-2012 11:59 AM

Wow when i look at my scrap pile all i see is firewood…. Guess i need to be more creative. Great looking piece

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#13 posted 07-31-2012 08:07 PM

Thank you all for your kind words. I am flattered.

@ Gfadm: when the strips are glued lengthwise I run them through the planer. However, once you croscutt and flip the pieces you essentially have an end-grain surface. And yes, even trying to be really carefull it was pretty rough. I used a router sled to shave it and then lotsa sanding.

@ Jason: Hhhmmm. Flat glue surfaces and good clamping pressure I guess.

Thanks again all!

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#14 posted 08-01-2012 12:33 AM

Thanks for the reply. That’s what I was afraid of! Cool is never easy.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#15 posted 08-01-2012 12:44 AM

Great use of the leftovers. I have seen similar scraps on end as a cutting board.

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