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Project by bent posted 09-29-2010 07:20 PM 2029 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

in the corner of my shop there’s a pile of cutoffs that are just too nice to throw out, but too small to really be useful. you know that pile i’m taking about. i decided to make some small boxes to get it used up. these are all different sizes, but mostly around 24-30” in perimeter. the woods are walnut, cherry, and maple. i used some scrap 1/4” plywood for the bottoms. altogether, i only have about a day and half in them, and no new lumber. the walnut/spalted maple are my favorite. these are the first batch, i’ve got 15 more glued up.

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#1 posted 09-29-2010 07:41 PM

Those are a helluva lot prettier than a scrap pile!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 09-29-2010 07:50 PM

Very nice boxes. I like the pieces you chose for each box combination.

-- - Eric Noblesville, IN

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#3 posted 09-29-2010 08:07 PM

that’s some good use for scrap

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#4 posted 09-29-2010 08:34 PM

Nice scrap and a nice job with it, too. Love the wood combinations.

Great job!


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#5 posted 09-29-2010 09:19 PM

You did a very nice job on your scrap pile boxes. What are yo going to use for the tops?

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#6 posted 09-29-2010 11:35 PM

Very Nice Boxes !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#7 posted 09-30-2010 01:20 AM

A great way to make room for more scrap! Those look nice. If you used a simple miter joint, you might need to be concerned about it holding together. I have had some come apart due to humidity changes from shop to houses. That’s why I use miter keys. Plus I like how they look. Nice boxes and the joints look good. I also like the spalted maple and walnut combo.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#8 posted 09-30-2010 01:52 AM

That’s a attention grabber, that’s for sure…”i’ve got 15 more glued up.” Just how many clamps do you own?
15×6=90 or do you use tape?

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#9 posted 09-30-2010 04:49 AM

i meant that i have 15 more boards glued up. i only have enough clamps to do one or two at a time. i’ve got a system, while i work on other projects, i set the timer on my phone to go off every hour. when it goes off, i glue up the next board. when i’m done (scrap pile gone), i’ll make all the boxes at once using tape.

even if i had 90 clamps, i’d still find out that i need 91.

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 03:54 AM

I wish my scrap pile had wood that nice. I’m happy if I dont find nails in my scraps. Well Done, simply beautiful

-- Michael, South Florida,

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