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Forum topic by Chardt posted 08-13-2008 12:44 AM 1556 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-13-2008 12:44 AM

I’ll confess, I’m a bit of a packrat. I seldom add wood scraps to the burn pile except pine, or mdf. Scraps of hardwood, I always hang on to. With the idea that I can use if for a new Plane tote, or something.

What projects have you made with the leftovers from a previous project?

I’m really interested in getting some idea’s in what to use with the small pieces of Purpleheart, Oak, and Poplar I have in my shop.


-- When my wife ask's what I have to show for my wood working hobby, I just show her the splinters.

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#1 posted 08-13-2008 12:51 AM

Mallets come to mind, especially for harder woods.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 01:04 AM

Yep it is really hard for me to get rid of scrap wood.

Here is a little cross (~ 9” tall) I mad for my wife using scaps of cocobolo and maple.


Feather boards, runners for jigs, and most of my jigs are made from scraps of hardwood, mdf, and plywood

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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Gord Graff

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 01:24 AM

Hi Carl,

I suspect that I’m like most woodworkers and see all kinds of wonderful things in the scrap pile, here are just a few projects I’ve made from my scrap pile.

All the best

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers:

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 01:47 AM

Push sticks and toy cars

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 01:58 AM

I use scrap hardwoods to turn pens to give as impromptu gifts. I always keep a few pens on hand for those times I forget a birthday or someone does a big favour for me.

-- Anything worth doing is worth overdoing

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 02:24 AM

Push sticks, resaw jig for the tablesaw, featherboards, birdhouses, jigs in general, etc.

I use a lot of my extra pine scrap for setups, to make sacrificial cuts in to make sure that my router is set up correctly, or my finger joint jig, etc.

Once they’ve made the “rounds” in the shop and can’t be used anymore, then they go in a box for the woodburner in the winter.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#7 posted 08-13-2008 04:34 AM

Check out my projects. I have posted a few made from drop offs & etc. bbqKing

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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#8 posted 08-13-2008 04:42 AM

Scraps bins or box is useful too.
What’s the criteria of a scrap anyway? The size, dimension .. is there a common thumb rule for that?

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 08-13-2008 06:30 AM

I’m a horrible pack rat. I have a kitchen waste basket, two cat litter containers, a Rubbermaid underbed box, two other cardboard boxes and an abandoned porch swing project heaped with scraps. Everything from 2×2x0.5” on up. My main thrust is small box work. I make my own knobs, inlay and now marquetry, I have the perhaps unrealistic goal of using them all up. Someday, if the bottom doesn’t fall out of the economy, I hope to retire to days of puttering around the shop.
I hope to live long enough to use it all up.
If the economy should tank, I should be able to stay warm for a week or so with a wood fire.

Or maybe a Viking funeral…=^}

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

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#10 posted 08-13-2008 01:04 PM

I have recycled almost everything that was too small to fit into a project into coasters. I’ll post the project soon, as not all the set is ready. basically i glue together thin stripes of contrasting wood, cut on the mitre saw to horizontal stripes of varying width and glue them together again, but from different batches or flipped. you can see the process in details here

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#11 posted 08-13-2008 01:49 PM

I too am a pack rat with many cubby hole full of small piece of wood I will use someday. Key chains and book markers.

-- Ron Central, CA

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#12 posted 08-13-2008 01:51 PM

I seem to never throw anything away, quite a few of my projects are made from scraps.

If you look at my projects, a great percentage of them are made from scrap.

This is one of my favorites.
Click for details

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

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#13 posted 08-13-2008 01:55 PM

Almost everthing I make comes from the “shorts” bin at a local mill or from my own “scrap” bin. I am a cheap packrat. I hate paying retail prices for wood.

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