Saturday morning (what to do with this wood)

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Blog entry by MichaelT77 posted 02-15-2014 02:08 PM 1706 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

practicing blog entries. ...

Woke up at 3:30. Read the nook for a while. Couldn’t get back to sleep, so I got up. Read news stories on the Internet. Watched Olympics for a few minutes. Around 5:00, I went out and shoveled snow in the waning moonlight. It’s cold, but quiet and peaceful. We’re out of coffee, so I decided to go to the gas station for a cup. Probably a bad idea. The roads haven’t been plowed in a while, and my little pickup truck has very little traction. My sandbags are out in back covered by snow. Managed to make it home.

Sat in the basement for a couple hours waiting for inspiration. Then, I came back upstairs.

I’ve got three pieces of wood. Project leftovers. They’re thin strips. Cherry is only an 1/8” thick and about 15” long. The walnut strips are actually two book-matched pieces. They’re thicker. The boards are all about 3” wide.

I’d like to use them for something. I’m figuring two walnut boxes and one cherry box, each with sliding tops. On the other hand, I’m not sure about a box that’s a foot long and only 3” wide. Seems an odd shape, but, for now, I’m reluctant to cut these pieces. They’re a little narrow for paneled doors.

-- Michael T, Pittsburgh, PA

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#1 posted 02-15-2014 06:23 PM

Put them on the shelf and walk away.

One day soon they will speak to you and they’ll be just right for that project, happens in my leftover bin all the time.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.
Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#2 posted 02-15-2014 06:24 PM

How about one of these. Fun, easy, fast

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#3 posted 02-15-2014 07:18 PM

I’m afraid I can’t post any of the things that went through my mind when I read the title!

-- Quote from ebay tool listing: " Has nicks and dings wear and tear dust and dirt rust and pitting but in good working condition"

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#4 posted 02-15-2014 07:37 PM

+1 for grandpa len… the perfect project will present itself in time

-- Randy - "I dont make mistakes, I make design change opportunities"

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#5 posted 02-16-2014 01:22 AM

Those look like fancy business card holders waiting to be born!

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

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#6 posted 02-16-2014 01:29 AM

I started to do the same thing the other day (practice posting to a blog).
I created a document with a more or less overview of two projects I’m working on for my shop.
The instructions said your work is saved every 30 seconds.
I did a post and it looked good but I was not ready to publish so I removed it. (aka chickened out)
I lost the whole document and It was not saved.
If you are indeed practicing I’ll put this on the watch list and see how you do.
As to you three pieces of wood, pretend you threw them away, like hiding them a paper bag.
As someone said above an idea or use will come out of no where.
I think it’s something like departed LJ’s wanting to communicate.
I’m in envy of your progress,
I love Pittsburgh, we have relatives there.

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#7 posted 02-16-2014 01:50 PM

How about a laminated bow bread knife? I just started making these as gifts:

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#8 posted 04-14-2018 09:29 PM

Intriguing blog. Can’t wait for the next installment to find out how many packets of sugar you put in your coffee.

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