Scrap Wood Box

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Project by scopemonkey posted 2220 days ago 2104 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After listening to a recent Matt’s Basement Workshop podcast, I was challenged to see what I could do with those chunks in my scrap box that I normally save for glue blocks or for throwing in the smoker (depending on wood species….). I had an old piece of rather twisted and warped poplar, small pieces of cherry left over from a bookcase project, and a small chunk of purple heart left over from a wood whisperer inspired cutting board (not posted since they are well represented here on LJ) and figured, what the heck. Good time to play around with some machined half blind dovetails as well. This was a fun project since I wasn’t worried about messing up “good” lumber. I hand chamfered the top with my block plane, and carved the purple heart handle. Next, I’ll pull more scrap and get to work on doing those dovetails by hand. Slowly, but surely I’ll get there…..

-- GSY from N. Idaho

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#1 posted 2220 days ago

Very nice, I like it.

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#2 posted 2219 days ago

good work. nice flare.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 2219 days ago

sweet little box…funny how ppl who don’t work wood complain that we have too much clutter in our shops …if they only had a clue what we can do with cutoffs / scraps !! Nice job using up some of your scraps

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#5 posted 2219 days ago

Very nice. Architectural, I would say. It sort of looks like a small building to me.

-- Jason

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#6 posted 2219 days ago

Tell people it’s your scrap box and see the confused look! By the way, my scrap collection is getting kinda big….........

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#7 posted 2219 days ago

I really like the design. Great little box!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 2219 days ago

That’s really a nice box. I don’t normally care much for dovetails on boxes, but the half blinds look good.


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#9 posted 2219 days ago

You have some quality scrap. Nice box.

-- Bob

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#10 posted 2218 days ago

Atta boy, Scope!! Ain’t scraps fine…..

-- Jimmy

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#11 posted 2184 days ago

VG. There’s more detail than ya first think. And the dovetails are a sweet touch.

-- Peace, LJ

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#12 posted 2095 days ago

Thats a nice looking box.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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