Using up scraps

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Project by John Olsen posted 05-04-2014 07:56 PM 1349 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an exercise in using up scraps in the shop. I had the four western cedar sides of the box assembled and sitting around from prototyping a shut-the-box game. My first test was too tall, so cutting one of my boxes in half vertically gave me the two I needed to make the games. The base is done with rabbets on a router.

The walnut bottom is five pieces, four of which were cut at an angle. The bottom sanded nice and smooth, but you may be able to see the seams better in the inside picture. The trim of the lid was some maple cut-offs my brother in law gathered for me from a cabinet shop. The rest of the lid is honey locust from my mom’s yard leftover from building another box, and was glued up from four pieces.

I went with a simple drop-in lid rather than hinges, and a few coats of spray lacquer. That cedar really soaks up the finish. The color combination isn’t as nice as I’d hoped, but I was able to put some odd scraps to good use. Now it will go into my stockpile of stuff to give away.

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#1 posted 05-05-2014 02:32 AM

Looks great. I love it when I can use scrap, actually at my skill level I have an unusually large scrap pile already

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#2 posted 05-23-2014 04:24 AM

very nice…. love the clean look of it!

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