Out of the scrap pile and into a gift

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Blog series by sras updated 02-21-2019 04:22 PM 11 parts 37149 reads 65 comments total

Part 1: Convert random scraps into end grain boards (cut first - design later)

12-07-2009 06:09 AM by sras | 4 comments »

OK. This blog stuff is new to me. I’ve got a couple projects going where I am forcing myself to leave the large stock alone and work with material that ends up getting burned after I have too much of it. I have been using CBdesigner from jayman7. He posted a project on this here. I have searched through blog entries and I think I am using this in a little different way. Another big resource for me has been dewoodwork’s blog on how to make an end grain cutting board. Clearly,...

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Part 2: Arched Candle Holder

12-17-2009 07:05 PM by sras | 4 comments »

I changed the title of this series since this next entry uses wood I don’t think I could ever throw away (it used to say “burn bucket” instead of “scrap pile”). I have had these this planks of cherry for a long time. They are about 24”x3.25”x1/8”. This is another case where I do not have a design, but I’ll figure it out as I go… I had cut them for a project that didn’t work out and they have sat ever since. I decided to ...

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Part 3: Arched Candle Holder - It's all about adapting

12-18-2009 06:03 PM by sras | 5 comments »

Well, trimming up the sides removed the gaps I showed in the previous post. BUT the trimming exposed other gaps! Definitely needed to do a better job of clamping! Time to adapt. Time to go back to the shrinking scrap pile. As luck would have it, I had two strips of cherry from an even older project. If I remember right, these strips are from the first cherry boards I ever bought (19 years ago). Both strips are long enough and one of them has enough length to cover the ends as well. ...

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Part 4: Arched Candle Holder - gettin' jiggy

12-20-2009 11:12 PM by sras | 5 comments »

Now, it’s time to cut the recesses for the candles. I had originally thought of using a Forstner bit, but it does not leave a smooth flat bottom to the recess. Instead, I used the Forstner bit to cut a pattern for use with my router. I plan to use a pattern bit with a bearing. Looks like it is time to build a jig! Since I am only building one of these, I’ll build a temporary jig. The same elements can be used to create a smaller, but permanent jig. I have two hole sizes so...

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Part 5: Arched Candle Holder - On to New Heights

12-21-2009 10:45 PM by sras | 3 comments »

It seems like the arched form needs to be lifted off the table by some amount. I’m not sure by how much. My technique in situations like this is choose from a range. Start with too little and keep adding until it seems like too much. Somehwere in between “too little” and “too much” there should be a “just right” or at least a “close enough”!In this case I start adding spacers underneath each end. Here is the range of heights. The wi...

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Part 6: Arched Candle Holder - Wrap up

01-02-2010 07:20 AM by sras | 1 comment »

I fell behind on this a bit with the holidays (plus a bit of a headcold). I guess I’ll start out with a follow up detail from the last entry. Lisa (aka dustbunny) complemented me on the compound miters (Thanks Lisa!). I have to confess that they did not turn out that way right after glueing up. After I smoothed the rough edges, a few of the corners were not lined up right. In addition to the mis match, you can also see there is a slight chip in the lacewood at the bottom. Luckily...

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Part 7: The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget (Part 1)

01-02-2012 05:05 PM by sras | 9 comments »

I had the task of creating a light-hearted gift for my niece for Christmas. She is a chef and I wanted to use a theme of kitchen utensils. We use a $20 limit. At first I was going to try something like a mobile, but that didn’t seem to have the effect I was looking for. Here is what I came up with … Start out with some utensils (some out of the kitchen drawer some from the Dollar Store for a buck apiece). Strip off the plastic handles. The wood ones can be left alone for now...

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Part 8: The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget (Part 2)

01-02-2012 05:36 PM by sras | 7 comments »

I would suggest reading Part 1 first before opening this one… The next part is some plywood dividers. I had to go buy a half sheet – used about $5 worth … I ended up needing to move the hole so I could round off the corner some more. This is what happens when there are no plans… Set the utensils into the holders. Mount each spring holder onto a plywood divider. Screw all three panels together and even them up on the disc sander. Grab a...

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Part 9: The Ultimate Kitchen Gadget (Part 3)

01-02-2012 05:57 PM by sras | 10 comments »

Here is the final post for this build. Got a chance to use up a couple partial cans of primer. I originally had screw holes on the front cover. I later realized they were not necessary. Cut a couple grooves and laid filler strips in. I had done some body repair on my truck. I bought the wrong shade of red. This was a perfect chance to use it. I did have to buy a can of silver paint. That got me to the $20 limit. Mount the first panel to the front. Put dow...

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Part 10: Rattles and custom storage box (drawing included)

01-22-2018 06:05 PM by sras | 9 comments »

I just posted my rattles & box project and then I remembered I took enough build pictures for a blog post. So, here it is. The fun thing about this project is that it requires very little materials. There are three blanks cut from bird’s eye maple. I ended up cutting the middle one a little thin so I added a veneer of mahogany to each side. The caps have recesses formed by a 1” core box bit in a drill press. The caps are cut to length. Next caps are glued t...

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Part 11: Bird house from weathered deck wood

02-21-2019 04:22 PM by sras | 8 comments »

This project build is from 2015. I gave it away before I took pictures of the completed birdhouse. Last fall I finally took some pictures. This started with a pile of boards salvaged from a worn out deck. There were a couple pieces of tight grain fir in the pile that caught my interest. So I grabbed a few pieces. I re-sawed the worn wood away with the idea that the underlying tight grain fir would be of interest. However, once the weathered wood was cut away, the fir wasn’t al...

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