Cut Offs and Clutter

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Blog entry by rowdy posted 1866 days ago 855 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems like my shop is getting more and more cluttered. No doubt this is an unique situation never encountered by other LJs. Ha! I cannot bring myself to throw away anything that looks even remotely useful. Now and then I do get an inspiration and manage to put a scrap to some useful purpose. This occurred recently when I decided to deal with a cut off from an end grain cutting board that had been bouncing around the shop for at least a year or more. Why not drill a hole and cut a couple of angles and turn it into a a bottle balancer? Voila! This is the first end grain bottle balancer that I have seen. I thought originally that I would give it away, but now I have changed my mind. The net result is that I have successfully moved clutter from the shop into the house. But my wife likes it, so I can call it a successful inspiration at this point. And she has not yet wised up to my ulterior motive.

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#1 posted 1866 days ago

Hey Rowdy
Very cool wine balancer

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1866 days ago

I seem to have that problem also. Too much clutter. Right now I am learning on the lathe and my wife keeps claiming everything. ( ceiling fan pull chain fobs 2, Christmass ornament, toy top, first bowl, and 3 candle holders)

On of these days something will be given away. haha


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 1866 days ago

I have the same problem. Use to be bring home stuff to turn. Now it it is veneer cutoffs as I want to learn to do some inlays. I’ll have to stop before long and get some shop work done.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 1866 days ago

Rowdy, I like your wine bottle balancer. I have the same problem with small pieces. I have started making things like small foot stools and little boxes for the people in the local nursing home. Sure makes them happy.

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

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#5 posted 1865 days ago

Thats a really nice bottle balancer. I have the same problem but I like to cook so I use the hard wood scraps for smoking on the grill.

-- Woodisit

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