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09-20-2016 10:53 AM

Here’s a question for you: what do you do with finished projects that are undesirable or have no use to you? Could have been a bad design or something that contains a screw up on your end.

For example, I made a jewelry box (mostly for practice) that I just don’t like the design or the fit and finish of it. It’s so small it’s not worth saving any of the wood.

Do you find yourself tossing things and chalking it up to experience, give them away as gifts to a not-so-favorite relative, insist that your wife use it because it came from your heart or keep a box of them in the basement?

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 11:07 AM

“undesirable finished project” == shop furniture

-- Last week I finally got my $*i# together. Unfortunately, it was in my shop, so I will probably never find it again.

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#2 posted 09-20-2016 11:25 AM

If you can’t keep bits or collets or something in the shop in there, then do you have a young niece, daughter, granddaughter, neighbor kid? Kids won’t know the finish isn’t right.


-- Part of engineering is to know when to put your calculator down and pick up your tools.

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 12:05 PM

Friends or the fireplace. Depends

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 12:06 PM

Small projects like boxes. I agree with the above, bits, collets maybe a pair of scissors. By the way, that box looks good and would make a nice gift.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 12:39 PM

Unless I can find a use for them in the shop, they go into the burn pile.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 01:20 PM

Donation! My church hits me up several times a year for items they can put up for raffle prizes. Usually I give them quality pieces but they have gotten some chaff as well. I almost get a commission from stuff I have donated. I leave or attach my business card on all donations.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 01:35 PM

With very nice woods such as the ones in your photo disassemble and reuse the wood or modify your design to something you like.

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#8 posted 09-20-2016 01:41 PM

Donation to charity.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-20-2016 01:43 PM

Don’t give it away, some one will know you made it :(. I agree with the others there is always something you can store in it. My buddy made a silver wear box, came out decent but not something he wanted to give away, it is now a very nice chisel box lol

-- "Boy you could get more work done it you quit flapping your pie hole" Grandpa

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#10 posted 09-20-2016 01:47 PM

With very nice woods such as the ones in your photo disassemble and reuse the wood or modify your design to something you like.

- a1Jim

Ditto on that. Take, or cut, it a part and change the design up.

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