Scrap Myrtle Wood

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Project by bkap posted 03-29-2012 04:58 PM 5264 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Scrap wood, because many of you woodworkers may be interested I am showing what can be done with scrap while making a custom rocking chair.

While in Oregon buying some Myrtle lumber I spotted a pile of wood in the back yard. I asked the owner what he was going to do with that wood. He said he was going to burn it. I asked him if he would mind if I picked through the pile for pieces I may want to use. He said take what you like as a gift, it will save me from burning it.

Now I know I can make a rocker from 8/4 X 4-1/4 wide stock or wider. Most of the pieces can be four foot and less in fact only two pieces need to be four foot and all the rest are two foot.

This project was made form the lumber out of his burn pile.

Because this was his waste green lumber I decided to test the results. I made the rocker with carved groves between each joint knowing the green wood would shrink as it dried. I also made it a Petite size because I didn’t have one in stock. Notice the wonderful grain in this lumber. It did have some knots and where they were solid I left them. I did clean out a couple knots in the seat and inlayed Ivory as you can see.

In any case if you are as lucky as I, you might find some scrap usable for your rocker project, just thought you might like to know.

I am still giving the Free rocking chair instructions away. If you go to my web site at click on the ‘facts or links’ pages to find instructions on how to obtain same.

Happy woodworking.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 05:13 PM

I get a little confused by the amount of work that goes into a piece like this, I’ve seen many time guys that go to all the trouble and use pine. I would think that if you went to extent of making such a beautiful piece you would use a wood that complaints the work. I am not saying that to be rude. I just want to give you some quality wood. I think that the seat is the main culprit.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 06:08 PM

Looks to me that the wood compliments the work! That’s fine looking scrap wood. I’m sure whoever ends up with this rocker will prize it! Thanks for the plans!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 07:29 PM

Personally i like to see imperfections in wood. It’s what wood is, not always perfect, but still looks great.
It’s a shame to burn wood just because it has a few knots in it.

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 07:57 PM

Hmm… What can we do with scrap wood? I work almost exclusively with scrap wood from pallets, and I would like to point out that there are several reasons I use scrap rather then quality lumber.
1. Can’t afford high quality lumber.
2. Not entirely sure if I can pull off any given project and don’t feel bad messing up scrap wood.
3. Want to make something beautiful and functional out of something ugly and useless.

These are just my reasons but I think some people can relate. I put a lot of weight on #3 so even when I have the money and know I can do the project, sometimes I use scrap anyway.
Beautiful scrap wood rocking chair. Thanks for sharing.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 11:13 PM

Your work is nothing short of amazing. You’ve taken an internal snapshot of a living tree that will be preserved for many generations that will admire the work and the material.

Wood is an imperfect material and it’s beauty is derived from it’s imperfect nature.

This type of craftsmanship and the materials chosen are inspiring.

-- Nicky

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#6 posted 03-29-2012 11:21 PM

Frankly, I have trouble calling any wood scrap. I have boxes of small pieces and most of them I use for some part of a project or another. I have a small wood burner in my shop for heat and I am always running out of wood to burn because I used it for a box hinge or as a piece of inlay on something. I try to use every thing I can from a piece of wood….and when that is impossible, well then it is time to throw them in the fire….believe me the pieces in my stove are quite small most of the time.

Great job on that chair too….it is nothing short of spectacular….the grain is superb….just goes to show that nature is the best teacher of artistic design and color….

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 03-30-2012 12:08 AM

I love the knots and am glad you utilized them. A project that is made from only “pristine” lumber without knots or whorls or dark markings or light markings in dark wood is completely bland and boring! This has lots of character and I would be thrilled with something like that in my home! You done good!

Personally, I think I would have used turquoise inlay instead of ivory, but that’s me!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 03-30-2012 12:34 AM

Beautiful. I would love to find some Myrtle for my toys.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 03-30-2012 12:43 AM

That is a beautiful rocker. Yeah the seat doesn’t look like it’s sculpted from one slab but to me that is character. I’ll bet it is just as comfortable as the ones made from high dollar wood. I would love to own it!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-30-2012 01:16 AM

Very nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 03-30-2012 01:28 AM

From scrap to sculpture, amazing

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#12 posted 03-30-2012 02:34 AM

Great work, but the story makes the chair. Nicely done and inspirational!

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#13 posted 03-30-2012 03:25 AM

Very nice, I use mostly scrap, same reasons as Ben. The only problem I have now is I have tons of cut offs and scrap but no real boards of any kind, guess I will be doing a lot of glue ups in the near future.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#14 posted 03-30-2012 04:18 PM

Thank you all or all you all for the nice comments. It helps one to keep coming back.

The seat is five boards like all my seats. I learned this from Sam Maloof to use five boards let you waste a lot of wood and shape the seat with more style. Also the five boards reduce cracking and make a stronger seat. Even if I start with one nice looking board I will cut it into five for these advantages.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#15 posted 03-30-2012 06:32 PM

Great Job love the chair & the knots give it character.
I made a rocking chair for my kids 30 years ago now my granddaughter sits in it.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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