What To Do with All Those Scraps #1: Knobs

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 04-21-2019 11:39 PM 858 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Are you like me? If so, I pity you.

I can’t bring myownbadself to throw away a piece of wood. Within reason, of course. Let’s not be ridiculous about it, huh?

But, those pen blank cut-offs. Some of it’s pretty exotic stuff.

Sure. They get put to some use, from time to time. Usually, as happy accidents, or afterthoughts.

Like this:

Or, this:

Or, this:

I could go on. You get the point. I’ll spare you.

You know, very well, that, if you keep going with this, you’re gonna wind up with boxes full of little Things looking for something to do.

I’m treading lightly.

What I did, after I finished Pen #25, was I mounted the cut-off of the Angle-Cut Canary in the pin jaws.

The “after” of it:

I made a knob that’s ready to go on the future lid of a future bowl/lidded box/what have ya, that Future Mark will, or won’t, make. I left a foot/tenon of 1/2”, for future mounting. Or not. It’s finished in YG and HS.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 04-22-2019 12:17 AM

Oh Yah! You can pity me Mark! Sometimes I toss a cut off into the trash. With in minutes I feel like I lost a friend and take it out and I apologies!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 04-22-2019 12:57 AM

M’W’ taking nothing away from your knobs, have you comnsidered branching out into letter openers to use up those small pieces? They are a great supplement to anyone’s stationery collection… this LO kit(heavy duty one from PSI) uses 3×1” segment,

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#3 posted 04-22-2019 12:57 PM

Anything that doesn’t get sucked into the shop vac is a keeper!

Knice Knob!

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

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#4 posted 04-22-2019 09:45 PM

I don’t throw very much scrap out. The problem is it’s all over the shop in buckets, LOL.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#5 posted 04-22-2019 10:54 PM

I know of a man, a very accomplished pen turner, who creates his own blanks by cutting up scraps and gluing them together in fascinatingly intricate patterns – much like those Celtic Knot Rolling Pins and Segmented vases but on a tiny scale. His specialty is an American Flag pattern which he sells for over $250 each.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#6 posted 04-23-2019 06:06 AM

I’m already a tin can (screws,nails, hinges, etc) and box (wood scrap) collector. Now, according to Tony, I have to become a bucket collector, too.

Duckie: That’s a swell idea. But, these cutoffs are usually, maybe, an inch long, and, almost always, 3/4.” I’ll keep it on mind, though. Now, I’ve seen a couple videos where an overwhelmed pen turner dumped a whole mess of the cutoffs into a glass bowl, filled it with resin, and turned a really cool looking bowl.

John: One of my most ambitious pen projects involved gluing about a couple dozen chips together to make a herringbone pen. It fell apart on the lathe. I think that was the #12 you didn’t get to see. Shame, really. It was gonna be phenomenal. I may try it again, someday.

-- Mark

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#7 posted 04-24-2019 12:12 AM

I guess you guys would cringe at what goes into my wood stove.

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#8 posted 04-26-2019 09:11 AM

Ohh yes, I have the same illness, I hate trashing wood.
When I have to, it goes into the stove and keeps me warm.
But yes knobs and strange objects have been made, here also, just to avoid it.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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