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With all the scroll saw projects I have been doing lately I have accumulated a bunch of small odd shaped scraps that I used to just throw away. I decided to make something out of all the scrap pieces and this is one of the ideas I came up with. Depending on the size and thickness of the scrap pieces I have three different sizes of the crosses. The large are 4"x3", medium are ~3"x2" and the small are ~2.3"x1.5". For the large crosses I used an 1/8" round over bit to ease the edge and hand sanded them. For the medium and small crosses there was way to many and too small to hand sand so i got out my brass tumbler and used it, I used some old sand paper that I cut up an old drum sander into 1×1 inch pieces. I let it run for an hour or two and it just eases the edges slightly. All are finished with BLO.
I used all kinds of wood for these including mahogany, cherry, walnut, poplar, maple, beech. Now when I finish up a scrollsaw project any left over scrap is immediately cut up into these crosses, toss them into a bag and when I get enough I bring out the tumbler and finish them up.

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Great use of scrap! Can you show a picture of your brass tumbler and give a bit more detail. That intrigues me!
 

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This is the tumbler I use, I have walnut shell for the media. You can buy sanding media for the tumbler, I just thought I would try this before I spent any money and it works well enough.




The sandpaper is 150 grit, I think it would actually sand better if I used a courser grit, I may add some 80 grit next time. I also toss in some fabric to gather the dust, it is the stuff that we used to get to clean toner off the laser jet printers, I cut them in ~2×2 inch (3-4 per batch) pieces and throw them away when I am finished, these capture almost all the dust. Old dryer sheets work also. I run about 10-20 pieces at a time depending on the sizes.
 

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Cool project and I'm sure they'll be very popular.
Nice way to use the bits and pieces.
Thanks for sharing.
 

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Great use of scraps Dave. And I like the sanding station you have there.
 

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What a wonderful use of the extra pieces. These look great.
 
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