Turning Useful Projects from Leftovers

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Project by FJPetruso posted 07-23-2014 01:23 AM 2159 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some nice chunks of wood leftover from my clock & pepper grinder projects. And you know how woodworkers hate to get rid of what looks like usable scrap. (When the pieces get too small to make a drawer knob it might be suitable for using to smoke ribs & as a last resort it goes into the fire pit on a cool evening.) I turned some nice oak into a little Mortar & Pestle. Works great for crushing aspirin or grinding cooking herbs.

The pepper grinder left me with some chunks of Mahogany which I used, along with a piece of Boxwood from somewhere, to turn into a little bowls for holding keys & change on the dresser. Friction Polish was used on these projects

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 07-23-2014 09:20 AM

Nicely done and a great way to use those smaller pieces. I think Mortar & Pestles are best made in wood. I have a stone set, but it rarely gets used because it’s heavy to move around.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-23-2014 04:25 PM

Excellent. There is no such thing as unusable wood … though I do put pieces smaller than 1” x 6” in for composting now.

-- Henry Mowry, Santa Clarita, CA,

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#3 posted 07-24-2014 04:12 AM

Well done pieces

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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