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Chardt

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2159 days ago

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.

-Carl

-- 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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lew

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#1 posted 2159 days ago

Mallets come to mind, especially for harder woods.

Lew

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

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Bigbuck

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#2 posted 2159 days ago

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.

cross

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 2159 days ago

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
Gord

-- Informing & Inspiring Today’s Woodworkers: http://www.gordgraff.com

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Rustic

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#4 posted 2159 days ago

Push sticks and toy cars

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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Gorak

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#5 posted 2159 days ago

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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SteveKorz

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#6 posted 2159 days ago

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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bbqking

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#7 posted 2159 days ago

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

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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woodworm

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#8 posted 2159 days ago

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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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 2159 days ago

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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moshel

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#10 posted 2158 days ago

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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RAH

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#11 posted 2158 days ago

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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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 2158 days ago

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. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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bayouman

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#13 posted 2158 days ago

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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