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Forum topic by TopamaxSurvivor posted 1953 days ago 754 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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TopamaxSurvivor

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1953 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: marquetry intarsia scrap chip

I am about to do some bowl carving using saws, chisels and wood augers to hog out the basic forms. I am wondering if the chips and scraps from this type of activity is of any use to those who do intarsia or marquetry? I am starting on maple, spalted maple and holly.

I didn’t post this in trade or swap because i do not expect these scraps to be worth anything in return if they are useful. (just can’t bring myself to throw anything away. My wife steals from the treasure chest to fill the garbage can ;-)) )

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence


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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 1852 days ago

Did you get any responses on this? I guess the size of the pieces would determine their usefulness…at some point the pieces are only good for kindling…mind you you could probably say that for a lot of my finished stuff LOL!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 1852 days ago

outside of dreaming ,
scraps seem to have their own rule .
after much searching ,
you can find 3 legs for your table ,
you have to make the 4th out of a 2×4 !
and hope nobody notices it !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 1852 days ago

No, not much interest.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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James

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#4 posted 1852 days ago

Hey topomax,

I find that scraps are quite useful if you are into making smaller objects. They come in handy for inlay, marquerty, splines, intarsia to name a few. Most of my projects come from small pieces of scraps, pallets, broken furniture, etc.

I’ll go to cabinet shops, lumberyards, etc and get all kinds of scraps, and use 95% of them.

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#5 posted 1852 days ago

I was asking if small chips from wood augering and carving were useful.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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pommy

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#6 posted 1852 days ago

Bedding for the pet rabbit thats all that i can think of really thing is with that sort of small chips is the curl they have ….........

Andy

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 1852 days ago

oh duh, my bad. i wouldnt think they would be useful then, not enough substance

-- James, Bluffton, IN

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#8 posted 1851 days ago

Everything is useful to someone doing something. We heat our houses with who knows how much perfectly good frame stock. It’s just not useful to us and we generate so much of it we can’t afford to store it. And I think every hobby woodworker within 10 miles of us has been completely stocked with cut-offs.

BUT, ya never know.

-- arborial reconfiguration specialist

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