Testing technique

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Project by BullHammer posted 11-14-2015 04:11 AM 1536 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey everyone, this is my first project post on Lumberjocks. Here are four pallet wood paper organizers. I am fairly new to woodworking and wanted to try out some new techniques on free wood, so I made the first one. I made the other three after receiving lots of compliments on Facebook.

The first technique I wanted to try was edge gluing a number of thin strips together. I want to make a cutting board, but I didn’t want to goof up with the expensive hardwood and be out the money. I know it’s how I would learn, but why mess up with bought wood when I can mess up with free wood first?

The second technique I wanted to try was using biscuits. I have a Ryobi mini-biscuit jointer, found for $10 at a pawn shop, which I had never used. I used it on the first one to attach the frame to the bed. I was surprised at how easy that part went.

The last thing I wanted to test was using Briwax. It’s easy to apply but not all that easy to get to look consistent. The more I use it the better the results.

Two things I learned, other than testing the techniques, was 1) clamps don’t have to be as tight as I can make them. As you can see in the pic with the three, the bottom one is cupped. And 2) I broke out my thrift store hand planes and hand planed the larger planks before cutting them to size.

Let me know what you think.

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#1 posted 11-14-2015 04:04 PM

I have the mini biscuit joiner. Haven’t used it in years but it sure came in hand for the job I bought it for.
Good idea practicing on free wood.

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#2 posted 11-14-2015 05:04 PM

Good job, man. I like your thought process. You’ll be a fine woodworker. Have fun!

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#3 posted 11-14-2015 07:23 PM

Looking good. Nice idea practicing and learning on free wood. Glad you got your first post out there and hope to see more.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 11-14-2015 10:29 PM

Great looking project, first or otherwise, BullHammer! Pallets are a good source of otherwise expensive hard woods for small projects. I’ve found walnut, cherry, oak and pine in the same pallet! Please continue to share and welcome to LumberJocks!

-- God bless, Candy

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#5 posted 11-15-2015 11:18 PM

Met a fellow who had a pallet from SE Asia. The 2X4 runners were solid mahogany! My complements on the projects. We all started somewhere. What’s next on the list?

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