Scrap wood project gone wild

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Scrap wood project gone wild

Post by tdubnik »

This project started out as a simple project to use up some scrap wood and at the same time build a Christmas present for my grandson. Things started out simple enough; rip some logs, cut some notches and accessory pieces and I'd be done.

That's when the gremlins came in. By the time I got done I had cut over 300 pieces and had quite a pile of logs. As I looked at them; I asked myself how can I store them? First thought was a simple cardboard box but I didn't really like that idea; so why not a wooden box?

That would work but there were so many pieces and they needed some organization. That's when the trays were envisioned. Then I decided the trays would need to be stackable so I devised a way to nest them using the end handles.

I also decided I needed to make my first through dovetails using my Incra router table setup. So I put both the box and trays together using dovetail joints. They turned out pretty good for a first try.

Here's what I ended up with.





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Post by dusty »

There is no such thing as "scrap wood". This project is a perfect example. Those are cut offs that finally found a purpose in life.

And a very impressive purpose I might add. Great job. Great design!
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Post by camerio »

This is more than good, this is most beautiful and your grandson will have hours of fun with this. He is so lucky to have a very crafty woodworking grandfather like you. Thanks for the pictures.
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Post by nuhobby »

Very Very nice! I love those hardwoods.
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Post by beeg »

Very IMPRESSIVE, he'll treasure that in the future and have lots of FUN with it now.
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Post by tdubnik »

nuhobby wrote:Very Very nice! I love those hardwoods.
The logs and pieces are made from cypress and big box "white wood".

The trays and box are made from some walnut I scored on Craig's list a year or so ago. I had to buy the hardware which cost more than the rest put together.
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Post by jcraigie »

Wow! what a beautiful project.
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Post by friscomike »

Beautiful! Nicely done. ~mike, if you'll excuse me, I'm a busy man. I have sawdust to make... ;)
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Post by athomas01 »

Wow... the birth of a family heirloom... outstanding!
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Post by joedw00 »

Very Nice, and neat idea on the trays.

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