Not every project is fine furniture. Making use of scraps

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Project by JasonD posted 11-17-2013 08:10 PM 1902 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past few years, my scrap bin has gotten pretty full of little odds and ends of plywood. I’ve also added different tools and jigs to my shop that needed to be kept out of the way of the sawdust and shavings. So, I decided to start Frankensteining some covers for my sharpening stones / strop and a small box to house my honing guide / sharpening jigs and doweling jigs.

These made for simple, stress-free, fun projects that I could knock out while the glue was drying on “real” projects. These little scrap projects are ugly for sure, but they do their jobs quite well. :)

The joinery is just rabbets (some doweled with 1/8” poplar dowels, some not), dadoes, and grooves. Simple, but effective.

The pictures are:
1 – A small box with a divider that holds sharpening stuff on one side and doweling stuff on the other
2 – The sharpening / doweling box opened
3 – Covers for my sharpening stones and strop
4 – Strop with the cover off to show the ugly, but effective construction
5 – My XX-Coarse and X-Coarse diamond stones in their holder with the cover off

4 comments so far

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 08:53 PM

Looks like fine furniture to me.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 09:06 PM

Good use of scraps. I have reused some of my stuff the same way.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#3 posted 11-18-2013 01:12 AM

I agree with brother Rob….looks like FINE woodworking to me. I love doing scrap wood projects and if its something useful…alll the much better. Great builds sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 11-18-2013 11:01 AM

Keep in mind that fine Woodworking isn’t determined by the maker, but by the user/buyer. If it is special to you, then you may consider it fine Woodworking.

This is a piece of shopwork that falls in the category of function over aesthetic value. It accomplishes your goal in a great manor. Looks like a great build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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