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post #1 of 5 Old 03-29-2020, 06:29 AM Thread Starter
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Scraps- what to build

I have a lot of scrap wood and I'm looking for ideas of things to make. I have 1x2, 1x3, 1x4's, and a few 1x6's. Mostly in the 5" to 20" range
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Not strictly a "build" solution, but a repurposing, or putting to good use. I recently used some scrapped boards from a ladder project to make Kapla building blocks for my granddaughter.

Scrapped treads split when long structural screws were driven in without predrilling. I highgraded these for perpendicular grain direction. Took a lot of sawing, resawing and planing but it was worth it. Made 110 blocks (on the left).

After making these blocks, I took to a prime, clear, straight grained 2x4 to make another 150.

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We don't have children around anymore, but we keep a toy box ready to go in a spare room that any little visitors may play with. I have a box of 2x4's that I cut to uniform lengths and sanded the edges. We build forts, houses, stacks, anything their imaginations can come up with. My wife was skeptical, but they are really a big hit with the kids!


Some of the other things I have created include a tractor trailer, helicopter, marionettes, etc.


I made a candle stand with wood out of my scrap wood bin entirely using hand tools. Each piece was rip sawn with a hand saw, hand planed, and flattened all joints were made with a back saw and chisels. All the mortises were made with chisels and a mallet, and there is no metal fasteners used in the construction. My daughter loves it - and it as essentially free.


Other things I turn on the lathe, make pens from scraps of maple, and other hard woods, bottle stoppers, lathe boxes for toothpicks,



i hope this might be what you could use with your scraps.
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We don't have children around anymore, but we keep a toy box ready to go in a spare room that any little visitors may play with. I have a box of 2x4's that I cut to uniform lengths and sanded the edges. We build forts, houses, stacks, anything their imaginations can come up with. My wife was skeptical, but they are really a big hit with the kids!


Some of the other things I have created include a tractor trailer, helicopter, marionettes, etc.


I made a candle stand with wood out of my scrap wood bin entirely using hand tools. Each piece was rip sawn with a hand saw, hand planed, and flattened all joints were made with a back saw and chisels. All the mortises were made with chisels and a mallet, and there is no metal fasteners used in the construction. My daughter loves it - and it as essentially free.


Other things I turn on the lathe, make pens from scraps of maple, and other hard woods, bottle stoppers, lathe boxes for toothpicks,



i hope this might be what you could use with your scraps.
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I have a ton of scraps just as you describe. I hate throwing out wood.
My wife want's a new desk and I need somewhere to put the stock so I need to clear it out.
This year for Christmas the kids, grand kids, great grand kids and probably my brothers and sisters are getting jewelry/keepsake boxes, bottle openers, coasters, cutting boards and some some small toys.
Do a search for small wood projects. There are a million ideas out there.
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