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12-01-2007 11:28 PM

I was cutting up the old side rails from my Mother-in-Law’s old bed, so I could get rid of it (thinking it was old fir or hemlock). Did not pay much attention initially, just cutting into short sections. Soon realized, the rail was oak. Oak does not seem not to be as popular as once was. Even so, I decide to salvage what I could and ended up with a piece 5” x 48” x 3/4” and a number of 10” x 5” x 3/4” pieces after cutting around several nails.

I am a novice woodworker, so I am looking for a startup project. I thought I might cut the pieces into strips and make an oak serving tray by cutting and gluing random length oak strips and perhaps adding some contrasting hardwood to give the oak a more modern look. Thought I would also ask LJ members if any of you might have any project suggestions given my beginning status and what I have for materials in the salvaged oak.



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#1 posted 12-02-2007 12:36 AM

I should clarify. I have limited tools at present. I have a Bosch 4000 table saw and just got a Forrest saw blade (on sale). A CMS Rigid and a few hand power tools.

I am puzzling over what I can make using my current tools on hand.

Any ideas that you can provide will be appreciated.


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#2 posted 12-02-2007 02:01 AM

You could make a box. or a candel sconce. or a candel box. Any how, you would get some good practice with joinery.

-- bryano

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#3 posted 12-02-2007 02:08 AM

A breadboard. A box, a plant stand any number of projects.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#4 posted 12-02-2007 02:59 AM

I vote for a box. If you have a TS you can do finger joints or mitered joints…

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#5 posted 12-02-2007 03:25 AM

Maybe a small tool tote, 2’ long+/- use the 10” pieces for the ends and cut some down for dividers. You would need something for the bottom. You could use your table saw to cut dados in the sides for the dividers and the bottom panel and ends or If you have a sharp hand saw and chisel you could try alittle joinery on the ends. Cut the sides first, and then transfer them to your ends before you cut down any of the 10” pieces, that way if the fit doesn’t turn out like you wanted on the first one, you can still use that piece for a divider. I have several totes I use for small tools, and screws and odds and ends it seems I always misplace. A 1 1/4” dowel makes a stout handle even an old broken shovel handle. Mine are made out of old plywood scraps so a nice oak tote would actually be kinda neat.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#6 posted 12-02-2007 08:19 AM

Thanks everyone for the many ideas. Your ideas was enough to get me jump started on something in addition to the tray idea. This is the place to learn and get support as a woodworker. Again thanks.


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#7 posted 12-02-2007 06:18 PM

Everyone seems to have CD’s & DVD’s nowadays. You may have enough material to make a rotating CD-DVD tower, similar to this.

You may find a plan on the internet, or a magazine.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 12-02-2007 08:58 PM

Thanks Dick.

I have a number of interesting ideas from the forum responses.

I have seen some of the initial project offerring from some new woodworkers. It feels like I am over my head, but it’s time to start. Thanks to all who posted ideas, but most importantly, I wanted to express my appreciation for the support from all of you out there.


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