What to do with all those scraps, Model Story

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Project by tim0001 posted 11-28-2020 05:58 PM 481 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The story about these models is two fold. One, I find it hard to throw out all those cutoffs and “good scrap” pieces, and models are good use of them. Second, arthritis often makes it hard to lift a single board so making smalls is a way to keep going. This week, for some reason the arthritis makes it too hard to navigate the stares down to the shop so I was looking at LJ and decided maybe I should post some things someone might find interesting.
There are lots of more skilled folks out there, but LJ has a lot of beginners or hobbyist like me that I would encourage to give these a try. These are challenging to figure out how to make (safely), and you can be creative in use of different types of wood to get the look you may like. For me, woodworking is an expression for myself, to challenge myself or not, just for me and it matters not if anyone else may like it or not, except for that I enjoyed the making of it, and enjoy looking at the result. Maybe my kids would tell you – oh no, dad – or grandpa made something else I cant throw out! I do make more than I can enjoy so I do make and give a lot to a charity that they can sell or to give. Or to those that could not otherwise afford unique things. So if you may think these are something you could enjoy give them a try. I still have several Toys and Joys plans to work on, once this old body lets me back down to the shop. Maybe the toy boxes did me in!!!!
Totally enjoy looking a LJ and lots a creative people out there.

-- TimV

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#1 posted 11-28-2020 07:05 PM

I’ve enjoyed looking at all of your posts the last couple of days. Very nice work.
I too have to deal with arthritis, making working with large pieces (especially plywood) kind of hard. So, I have also turned to making models the last few years and I actually get more enjoyment out of making them than I did making furniture. Because the parts are so small they present their own special challenges as you well know. Keep up the good work!

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#2 posted 11-28-2020 10:45 PM

Tim – These models all look amazing! Awesome work!!


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#3 posted 11-28-2020 10:57 PM

I’m enjoying your pictures and post.
I too have tons of off cuts: rips and drops which I can’t seem to part with.
I have Hon 4 and 5 drawer filing cabinets filled with various timbers.

Can’t wait to start making models—my grandson loves tractors, bobcats and similar trucks.

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 11-29-2020 05:54 AM

certainly not a beginner. an accomplished wood worker.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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