Better than the Burn Pile

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Project by JoeyG posted 10-04-2012 02:28 PM 2176 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are just a few simple little boxes I threw together from wood from the burn pile. My burn pile never seems to end up getting burned.

All of the beauty is in the wood for these little guys.

There is one of Walnut with Zebrawood miter keys and a ceder bottom.
One is made from Ambrosia Maple with a cedar .
One is Cherry with Wenge miter keys and I think the bottom is walnut sapwood.

Thanks for taking a look.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 02:31 PM

I know burn piles are a reality, but it tears the heart out sometimes. Very nice save and build. Always a need for a box.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 02:46 PM

Nice looking boxes Joey, really like the wood, great way to use up scraps.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#3 posted 10-04-2012 02:47 PM

Nice set of boxes, burn pile, I don’t think so, if You have taken these from log to box, that is a Great job turning natures best into jems like these, Your work is always full of craftsmanship and style, Great job, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#4 posted 10-04-2012 03:34 PM

Thanks guys.

Mic, I didn’t take these from log to box unfortunately. I love doing that, but this time it was just scrapes that I had tossed in a box. It’s normally just small cut offs, but sometimes some pieces that are a little larger make it in. I’m just glad I looked through the box before leaf burning time. That’s when the shop gets cleaned out and it would have been a shame to burn these pieces.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#5 posted 10-04-2012 04:12 PM

You’re right. It just hurts to burn wood as pretty as that. Nice save, Joey!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 10-04-2012 05:14 PM

Wow! Glad they didn’t make it to the burn pile. Fine looking boxes.

-- Bryan

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#7 posted 10-04-2012 05:44 PM

I like!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#8 posted 10-04-2012 07:31 PM

Sounds like you have a burn pile just like mine, never get’s burned lol. Very nice boxes. Beautiful wood.

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#9 posted 10-04-2012 08:47 PM

Wow, id like to rummage through your burn pile.

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#10 posted 10-04-2012 08:50 PM

LOL. Brian. I use a lot of exotics for my boxes and inlays and end up with a bunch of little pieces. I try to save them because I know they can be used somewhere, but my shop is in our 1 car garage, so the space is limited. I’ve thought about selling the lawnmower to make more room for extra wood.

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 09:49 PM

Definitely better than the buning pile.

Some of the wood grain on those is really nice.

Since we can’t burn wood in my area, my cut-off usually endup in the green bin (compostable recycle bin)

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 10-05-2012 01:22 AM

I too can’t bear to throw out/burn any wood that has cool grain or color. I have even saved pieces so small they are only good for tiny lid handles after being laminated with other tiny pieces.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#13 posted 10-05-2012 01:34 AM

My kind of projects, save scraps from the burn pile! I like them all!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#14 posted 10-05-2012 05:43 AM

————————————-Anyone guess what this is?——————————

OK, I may have gone a little bit too far with scraps! Lance (theDude50) the plane guru explained how to get my ECE plane sharp, sharper than it has ever been before. To try it out a grabbed a piece of redwood and took a couple of passes, took one of the 2’ shavings, wrapped it around a 35mm film canister (it was just laying around) with some glue, after it dried gave it a little tung oil and that is the result, a 2” redwood tube!

I am going to make a top and cover with some other scraps I make. It is really amazing how strong this little thing really is!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#15 posted 10-05-2012 12:46 PM

great saves. Never wanted a burn pile myself; there’s always a better way.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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