Waste Not,Want Not

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Project by gfadvm posted 07-19-2012 12:32 AM 2892 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sometimes I do stuff just because I think I can. I had some strips of sycamore and some thin resawed walnut all of which were too small to be useful so I glued up lots of pieces and made this box. And then I took the leftovers from this box and made the cross. When I was finished the resultant waste was either sawdust or less than 2” long. Box is 11 3/4”x7×4”. Patron/Grizz hinges were cut from the box offcuts. Wish I hadn’t done the walnut dowels/plugs on the cross but I had to use my new plug cutter! Box is finished with shellac, cross with lacquer. It was a lot of fun making this all work out with no leftovers.

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

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#1 posted 07-19-2012 12:52 AM

I really like this one Andy. Great use of firewood. I have to tell ya, it reminds me of “Cool Hand Luke” and those old prison uniforms. LOL

Great job as always. I hope you are doing well and staying cool. It’s been hot out my way.


-- JoeyG ~~~

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#2 posted 07-19-2012 12:53 AM

As always, Nice Work Andy and a Great re-use of scraps!!
I really like the striped effect continued into the hinges… Good Planning, that!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 07-19-2012 12:56 AM

you made zebra wood

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#4 posted 07-19-2012 01:03 AM

looks to me like you can too

well done
at this rate
you will never run out of wood

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 07-19-2012 01:07 AM

Great work Andy. All these new idea’s are beginning to hurt my head. It’s got to the point where I feel bad if I toss anything bigger than a few inches away. Just yesterday I was going through my scrap bins picking out pieces I now think I can use.
After getting my lathe I see a lot of wood that I can now use, if nothing more than to make dowels

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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#6 posted 07-19-2012 01:18 AM

Yipes…Stripes! Andy, I like the concept of nothing going to waste. You’re right one of the great things about woodworking in general and box making in particular is dreaming stuff up and then making your dream become a reality.

The top is a nice look, and the shallow arches are a good idea and a subtle design feature. You are a busy bee. Keep boxing and keep posting.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 07-19-2012 03:52 AM

This definitely motivates me and just about anyone to keep those scraps we normally throw away. Great looking piece Andy…! I have a scrap bin that is getting overloaded because I find myself keeping the scraps that i kept from cutoffs of other scraps. Never know when a small piece will come in handy for a knob or handle.

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#8 posted 07-19-2012 03:54 AM

Thanks guys. I’m not really all that creative, just cheap!

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

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#9 posted 07-19-2012 04:55 AM

Good to see that Andy is back. I don’t know who that other imposter was. You are more creative than you give yourself credit for. The Sycamore appropriately contrasts the Walnut. The gentle arches bring an elegance. They seem to challenge the stripes just enough and they do not clash. And matching the stripes of the hinges to the sides is just the right way to do it. Each box is just enough different than the last. A new style that someone just won’t be able to live without.

The cross looks very nice too. The angled tips of the Walnut give it a nice flair. I’m not extatic about the dowels but they certainly do not turn me off. Very nicely done with both the box and the cross. Keep em coming Andy. We’ll be watching.

Oh, I almost missed the top of the box. Once I clicked Zoom. I could see the figure(curl) in the Walnut. Wow! I’m guessing that the two cutouts serve as sort of a valet? Nice addition of functionality.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#10 posted 07-19-2012 10:47 AM

Andy as always top notch projects! Great workon this and the wood really goes together well. Interesting thing on the hinges as well.
Thx for sharing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 07-19-2012 10:56 AM

Beautiful job. Ain’t it great what “cheap” can conjure up?

I really like the way you flowed the bands of the sycamore and the walnut …it really shows up in the one pic and the hinges, and the top and …...well the whole darn thing is just a super-cool looking box. A definite eye catcher.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#12 posted 07-19-2012 11:14 AM

I like the box. It’s different than anything I’ve seen in a long time. Great use of scraps!

-- Art | Bradenton, Florida

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#13 posted 07-19-2012 12:00 PM

beautiful box Andy, the wood grain on the lid is placed perfectly and really pops with your finish. “feet” are not your signature style but work well to give it some lift. like vonhagen said “cheap” zebrawood!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#14 posted 07-19-2012 12:22 PM

Really nice box Andy. The cross is beautiful also. I don’t think there is any scrap in woodworking, only dust, or projects…. dats it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 07-19-2012 01:21 PM

Great job – love using up the scraps! Everything looks great!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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