Treasure from the scrap pile

  • Advertise with us
Project by maplerock posted 08-01-2013 02:55 AM 1448 views 6 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A local business was kind enough to give me a bunch of walnut scraps. They were all about 1/2 inch by 2” x 16” or so. Mixed in were a few maple and pine pieces. Nothing too big, but pretty wood. After getting it home I realized it’s pretty small to use in most of my projects but I decided to glue some pieces up and make a small box for the guy that gave it to me. Tung oil, Two coats of poly, and a coat of paste wax.
Very simple, nothing fancy at all. I used walnut for the sides of the box and pine for the top. I made a tray of walnut with a glued inset of maple. very light and kinda cute. No chain or stops on the hinges though. It’s just a token thank you. Skill level low, but growing with each new project.
People that work in wood seem to be a nicer, more appreciative kind of folks. I want to pass on some of the kindness that has been passed to me.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

14 comments so far

View woodshaver's profile


2880 posts in 2100 days

#1 posted 08-01-2013 03:13 AM

Nice work in this scrap box. Finding a good use for scraps is a win win! It’s like making something good from nothing!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

View Gary's profile


7597 posts in 2180 days

#2 posted 08-01-2013 04:06 AM

Good looking box. He should really appreciate it

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

View Dave777's profile


264 posts in 2816 days

#3 posted 08-01-2013 08:30 AM

Really nice box and great use of cast offs.

-- the stone rejected by the builders will become the capstone

View OakHill's profile


277 posts in 542 days

#4 posted 08-01-2013 10:33 AM

Very nice work, looks great.

-- John, Illinois,

View Buckethead's profile (online now)


1943 posts in 616 days

#5 posted 08-01-2013 10:41 AM

I would have thought it was built by a seasoned veteran.

I also applaud that you made it as a thank you gift for the folks who gave you the scraps. They will understand its value, as well as the value of the gesture.

Well done!

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

View aussiedave's profile


3014 posts in 571 days

#6 posted 08-01-2013 11:49 AM

A beautiful box Jerry and the walnut looks great. The combination of tung oil and poly finish is an excellent mixture.

I don’t know Jerry I think there is a conspiracy afoot between you and Al…not quite sure what it is but I am going to keep an eye on you two…hahaha.

It is good to see the combination of two peoples skill sets culminating in the final output of beautiful boxes, keep it up, I look forward to more.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

View R_Stad's profile


207 posts in 590 days

#7 posted 08-01-2013 03:23 PM

Nice work and nice words. Both boxes posted are beautiful.

-- Rod - Oregon

View maplerock's profile


432 posts in 547 days

#8 posted 08-01-2013 03:48 PM

Tony, thank you! I have noticed you are an encourager. I appreciate it!

Gary, Dave777 and John, thanks for taking time to comment. It’s good to know there are guys like you out there willing to take a minute for us newbies.

Buckethead and Rod, your comments are appreciated too. BTW I have a friend we call buckethead. We always say we’d like to have his head full of quarters!

AussieDave, you must know Big Al :-)... He’s a wealth of information. We taught at the same school and are both retired. He’s teaching me the ropes. Thanks for the kind words. I was wondering though, has a dingo ever really eaten a baby?

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

View gfadvm's profile


11504 posts in 1437 days

#9 posted 08-02-2013 02:40 AM

Nice clean design with some nice woods. You’ll probably be getting a lot more from this source since you made this thoughtful ‘thank you’ box.

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

View tyvekboy's profile


668 posts in 1760 days

#10 posted 08-02-2013 03:21 AM

Very nice. No beginner project. Keep up the good work.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA

View kiefer's profile


3365 posts in 1414 days

#11 posted 08-02-2013 03:52 AM

Nice box and love the tray, a thoughtful gift of appreciation .
Good use of small pieces .

-- Kiefer 松

View Boxguy's profile


1538 posts in 1015 days

#12 posted 08-02-2013 06:36 AM

Jerry, this is very nice work. I think you are beginning to evolve a style all your own. I call these “wampum boxes” since it is something you can use in trade or for a gift. My experience is that some saw mill operators would rather have a box made from “their wood” than cash and are perfectly willing to trade their scrappy boards (which are the ones I like anyhow) for a box. I think the walnut in this box is especially beautiful. The grain flows nicely across the front of the box. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

View Blackie_'s profile


3641 posts in 1260 days

#13 posted 08-02-2013 10:43 AM

What an awesome box it turned out to be, scraps to riches :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

View whh1's profile


6 posts in 1919 days

#14 posted 08-04-2013 07:33 AM

I work work walnut a lot but I have never put it together with pine – it looks great – I’ll give it a try – thanks for the inspiration.

whh1 Stone Mountain, Ga

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics :: gardening showcase