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post #1 of 5 Old 12-31-2019, 10:51 AM Thread Starter
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Silly scrapwood question

I've taken to turning small bowls again lately. Most 5-6" diameter. I don't own a bandsaw, so I use my chop saw to cut the corners of the square blanks to make octagons. I have a pile of little triangular scraps, some from exotic wood, all with the grain running in an odd direction. Any suggestions of a little project to do with them besides toss 'em in the burn barrel?
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-31-2019, 01:35 PM
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Segmenting might be in order if the pieces a big enough. However, there are custom pen makers that use tiny pieces for pen blanks. Look at and for some photos and info.
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I assume if you are cutting squares for turning, the corners are still quite small.
The pieces may not be good for anything but kindling. Maybe if you glued 4 pieces at a time with all the flat corners touching you will end up with small blocks with sharply shaped edges and you can take these and glue them to a board in clusters. Might make for interesting patterns. And if you dont like them, go bake to Plan A and use as kindling.

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It would help to know the size of the pieces. A photo with something like a pencil to show scale would help, too.

If you have a scroll saw, you can shape them for small craft/hobby projects. Intarsia?
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I went to a craft show this past summer and there was a guy who made peppermills from a blank that was glued up from small pieces of various species. I'd say none of the individual pieces was bigger than 3/4". Even though the glue-up looked random, the resulting piece was pretty cool. I'm thinking about starting a blank by gluing together some small scrap as pieces become available and just keep adding to it until I have a piece big enough to turn something.
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