I live near a professional woodworking business, and check out their scraps woodbox. Usually it’s just little bits of plywood and a few small ends of things.
But this weekend I hit the motherlode. Big chunks of cherry, mahogany, walnut and hickory, some 2” thick. Oak glue-ups with small imperfections. Much of the wood is rough-sawn, but I’ve got a planer to smooth them all out.
My wife and I spent 15 minutes loading the minivan. You can see everything we got sitting on the little cart. Behind it is just one of the racks in my garage with even more salvaged wood.
I want to use this wood to make boxes, frames and other small craft projects. Sometime this summer I’ll get time. 7 years ago
I just found some free plans for wooden boxes: 7 years ago
Taunton’s Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making by Doug Stowe, from the library.
Lots of beautiful boxes! Lots of great ideas. 7 years ago
I gave up on “mastering carpentry” as a goal and will try doing some smaller things this year, then build to bigger projects.
I have a lot of wood scraps hanging around my garage/woodshop, as you can see in this picture. I wish I could say this scrap pile was a byproduct of successful construction projects. Instead, its the result of my scavenging habit. A few blocks from my house is a woodworking business that puts out its scraps for people like me to paw through. I actually have one or two more large boxes of scrap in my basement.
Last week I borrowed a book from the library: “The Wood Stash Project Book,” by Kerry Pierce, which has plans for boxes, spoons, honey dippers and many other small items you can build from scrap wood. Hopefully this will inspire me to get to work. 7 years ago