Scrap Board

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Project by Dchip posted 09-21-2011 04:11 PM 2310 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My scraps were getting a bit out of hand, especially since I have a hard time throwing out any hardwood. So I took all the pieces I could find over 3/4’’ x 3/4’’ and cut them down to this size. With a lot of glue / glue-ups, I eventually ended up with enough strips to make two boards. I added one strip that was made of 3 smaller pieces of padauk, purpleheart and walnut too add a little mix to the pattern, but unfortunately they ended up next to darker woods and get a bit lost in the mix. See if you can find them. Thanks for looking, all comments/critiques are welcomed.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#1 posted 09-21-2011 04:13 PM

Also, I need to make a bigger light box.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#2 posted 09-21-2011 08:47 PM


That’s a lot of gluing….I did an 18×36 Maple board using the same method :(

....not fun but loved the end result :)

-- -- Don in Ottawa,

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#3 posted 09-21-2011 08:56 PM

Dan, a most excellent use of scraps!

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 09-22-2011 01:41 AM

Good way to use scraps up.
I think I have enough to make one or two.
What is the thickness? It looks like it could be 1 1/2”.

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 09-22-2011 02:57 AM

nicely done! We all have that bin of hardwood scraps, and you did a great job of using them.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 09-22-2011 03:51 PM

Thanks all. The thickness is about 1.5’’ minus blade kerf, so close to 1 3/8’’. Makes it easier for me to calculate the initial length of material needed, though these boards are the result of strips from about 5 different glue-ups. This one is only roughly 10’’ x 14’’, and that was enough work.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#7 posted 10-19-2011 01:10 AM

Hi Dan

Great looking board my man. Love it. On the lightbox front (something very dear to me right now). I’ll PM you a 1.5m3 one I built at the weekend for less than £40.

If you want details message me.

Results from images taken are unreal. Feel like I have confidence now to take 3 or 4 image shots per product and I’m done.

-- Al Carscadden, Panga Design, [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-30-2012 06:05 PM

I would love to see pictures during the process of glueup and processing the scraps

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#9 posted 10-31-2012 03:17 PM

You’re lucky, Adrian – I took pictures of the build for a commission. I just added some of them.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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#10 posted 11-01-2012 12:10 AM

Thanks!!! You did an awesome job. So did you take those 3 sets of blocks and mix them all together to get that random look?

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#11 posted 11-01-2012 12:39 PM

That’s it. Between three different sets and two orientations per set (flipping pieces), you can have six different patterns. One big piece of advice – make sure the same woods don’t end up in the same position through all your glue-ups. I’ve made a couple more of these since the first one pictured above, and some ended up with straight lines or patterns.

-- Dan Chiappetta, NYC,

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