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About those off cuts Part 1

by cathyb
posted 05-19-2013 03:09 AM


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vonhagen

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#1 posted 05-19-2013 03:17 AM

your not alone cathy , my pile grows and grows then turns into build up or cleating. it is a shame but i don’t have room for it all.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Boxguy

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#2 posted 05-19-2013 04:01 AM

Kathy,

Since I am working with recycled wood I feel a little more free to dispose of the smaller scraps…well, except for those really special pieces that I keep in a box. I will be interested to see what you are doing with yours. Keep us posted.

Today I started a box with a Zebrawood top and a Persimmon sides. I think the colors will blend really well. The Zebrawood was a cut off from a local factory.

-- Big Al in IN

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doubleDD

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#3 posted 05-19-2013 04:10 AM

Sounds like you challenged yourself to be resourceful using those cutoffs rather than starring at them any longer. It is so much easier to grab for the new stock, but with little imagination one can build some impressive things. As far as laminating for a specific thickness, I have just used plain pine or plywood with the hardwood to achieve my goal for finishing a project to keep the cost down. I would resaw say 3/4’’ purpleheart in 1/2 or 1/4’s then back it with the filler. Of course I only did this where it couldn’t be seen so not to ruin the project. Good luck.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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mbs

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#4 posted 05-19-2013 04:49 AM

Please post some Pics.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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cathyb

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#5 posted 05-19-2013 05:26 AM

The pictures will be coming. I promise.
Dave, I guess the thickness issue is more of using up those resawn pieces of cherry. Granted it will be a lot of work to achieve this result. If that wood didn’t mean so much to me, I could easily let it go. It was the first wood that used as a carver and as a professional woodworker. For that reason, it has a degree of reverence for me. As I work with it, my mind floods with so many memories. In a way, I guess it’s more cathartic than logical.
Al, I think this will be a good project for you too. In my mind’s eye, a box is a chance to use all your skills. I want to challenge myself to make a unique looking box.
Game on!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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cathyb

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#6 posted 05-19-2013 06:16 AM

These are the first images of the milled lumber. I’ll start gluing tomorrow…...

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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vonhagen

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 06:44 AM

what ever you make i know it will be a work of art.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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stefang

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#8 posted 05-19-2013 10:01 AM

”I don’t think I’m alone in holding onto those precious off cuts that are just too special to toss out”

That is a bit of an understatement Cathy. Can’t wait to see what you do with them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Monte Pittman

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#9 posted 05-19-2013 10:57 AM

I think most of us have truckloads. Your journey will be followed.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Blackie_

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#10 posted 05-19-2013 11:19 AM

Kathy I’m like you I just see throwing out something that can be made something from. I just recently posted a project of some bowls I made from scraps. http://lumberjocks.com/projects/84367

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Kate

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#11 posted 05-19-2013 11:45 AM

Sounds great. What a way to use the small stuff.

-- Kate, http://www.wooden-box-maker.com

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Marcus

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#12 posted 05-19-2013 12:13 PM

I actually just got done with a panel glue up from my cut offs. If I rip a board and have a piece that is 3/4 square it gets put in a bucket. I just glued up a panel of these that I am using to make a stool for my 2 yr old that im lovingly calling “the ugly stool”. You are definitely not alone.

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revieck

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#13 posted 05-19-2013 01:39 PM

Kathy, what a way to use those cut offs… I know it will turn out just fine…. it always turns out that way for people who live in paradise!!... It’s been 10 years, think Hawaii will let me come back now?

-- Some minds are like concrete - thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.

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doubleDD

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#14 posted 05-19-2013 03:53 PM

Now I see where your coming from. And thats some beautiful wood by itself, besides the attachment you have for it. Make one of those what cha ma call it things, those always turn out special. Keep us posted.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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cathyb

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#15 posted 05-19-2013 04:34 PM

Randy the bandsaw bowls are great! Hmm, I’ll have to think of them the next time, because there will always be more off cuts!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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EPJartisan

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#16 posted 05-19-2013 04:41 PM

Have you seen any of NicoJose’s work here on LJs?
Frames
Furniture

An inspirational way to use pretty pieces of cuts offs.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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cathyb

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#17 posted 05-19-2013 04:51 PM

Wow!!! Thanks Eric. Now I’m going into hyperspace. It’s good to know that with a little ingenuity those precious pieces of wood are transformed into an amazing masterpiece. That’s the way it should be too. Trees have energy and are magical by themselves and to discard that spirit as a mere “off cut” is rightfully unthinkable. I am even more inspired now…....
Off to church for now and later today back to work.
Cheers!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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MrRon

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#18 posted 05-20-2013 06:33 PM

Since one of my colateral hobbies is building model trains, I use all my scraps. The variety of adhesives available make it easy to join small pieces together.

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cathyb

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#19 posted 05-20-2013 11:10 PM

That’s a

good idea Ron. Frankly, if you always have a small project in the works, there probably wouldn’t be off-cuts. It would be a lot easier to have that wood designated ahead of time.
I am making good progress.
I have arranged all of the wood. Some of them have been glued up, others are waiting for glue. Here are a few photos to track the progress.
I am even more certain now that this was a darn good idea…
!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/mn4dnww.jpg!

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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Jofa

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#20 posted 05-20-2013 11:26 PM

I’m salivating at those cutoff’s! Gorgeous stuff.

Most of my cutoff’s are pretty small so I use them for bracing and (as of this past week) straight line inlays.

BTW, you do some amazing work.

-- Thank you Lord for the passion and ability to make things from your creation.

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NiteWalker

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#21 posted 05-21-2013 09:32 AM

I use parts as small as 1 3/8” x 3/4” x 3/4”, so not a lot gets thrown out in my shop…

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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MrRon

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#22 posted 05-21-2013 03:11 PM

Hi Cathy, I’m envious of you being in paradise (Hawaii). I think what you are doing with offcuts is great. The technique is similar to one I observed years ago in Japan. A master took uniform shavings from different woods; glued them together into a stack; then took more shavings off the stack turned 90°; glued them together. It started out as a bunch of thin strips, then formed into small works of cabinetry. The only tool he used was a huge wood plane, maybe 30” long, held upside down. He would pass the wood over the cutting blade to form the strips. I wish I knew the name of it to look up on the internet.

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Roger

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#23 posted 05-25-2013 01:07 PM

Wowza Wowza! There is certainly somethin super gonna come outta them pieces.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Tennessee

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#24 posted 05-25-2013 01:10 PM

Here’s the crazy part…my last guitar, three jewelry boxes and two chime units all came from my scrap pile. Have not pulled a piece of wood off my racks in what, two months? A customer was over the other day and got a look at my wood pile, and said years ago when he used to woodwork, he had the same thing!

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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BarbS

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#25 posted 05-25-2013 01:49 PM

Wow, cathyb, it made me a little heart-sick to read you were ‘resawing’ 10/4 scrap Cuban Mahogany! A turner’s dream wood. But, I know you’ll make something really special with it. Glad you’re photographing the process. I’m anxious to see what you come up with!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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OnlyJustME

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#26 posted 05-25-2013 01:56 PM

Most of my cut offs if small enough go into my sons wood block building set. He’s got quite the assortment now. The great thing is it doesn’t matter if they are square or not. The unusual shapes inspire imagination. Looking forward to your finished project.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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cathyb

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#27 posted 05-25-2013 05:30 PM

I had a little set back this week. My dog had surgery and he needed me to hang out with him for a few days.

Now he’s feeling a little better, but I leave for Boston tonight. For one more week, my project will be on hold.
I did get all of my pieces laminated to strips of cherry. He’s some of them:

!https://s3.amazonaws.com/lumberjocks.com/mnd73jw.jpg!

These will be fun to work with for sure. I have enough for at least four or five boxes. I’m itching to get to it…
Thanks for your suggestions and thoughts. This process really has me excited because it gives the wood another dimension. I don’t want my mosaics to be too small, because I want a wood lover to see all the beautiful grain that Cuban mahogany can have. To be continued….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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#28 posted 05-25-2013 05:38 PM

Wood cut offs …. I thought you meant pants!

You will have fun with those and I want to see what you turn out.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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OnlyJustME

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#29 posted 05-25-2013 05:40 PM

I like the book match eyes.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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