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Question what do i build with scrapwood?

i am 14 years old and just learning. need some building ideas thta i could do. just built a bookshelf and i dont know what to build now

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Picture frames, boxes of any sort and size, small end tables, lamps. What tools do you have access to?
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i am 14 years old and just learning. need some building ideas thta i could do. just built a bookshelf and i dont know what to build now
Since you are just learning you'll never find a better time to learn the correct names of tools and equipment.

Miter saws are to cut wood and chop saws are to cut steel. So if you are locked in on the idea of having a chop saw consider building welding tables, cattle / horse corrals, hog pens etc.
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i have acess to skill saws, table saws, band saws, hand saws, drills, hammers, screws nails, chop saw etc
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Picture frames, boxes of any sort and size, small end tables, lamps. What tools do you have access to?
i have acess to skill saws, table saws, band saws, hand saws, drills, hammers, screws nails, chop saw etc
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You can really make anything with scrap wood and if you mix and match wood you paint it and know one will be able to tell. I work almost exclusively with scrap wood. I making planters and a night stand out of scrap wood right now
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birdhouses are always good with scrap wood. Pieces don't need to be very big and gives some practice with different joinery on a small scale.

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If I strive for perfection, I can generally achieve good'nuff, If I strive for good'nuff, I generally achieve firewood
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Forget it. Pics won't load.
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Here's one of my scrapwood projects. I needed a coffee table so I built this one. The mahogany was a stair apron in an adobe turn of the century house here in Colorado. This is a picture before it got oiled but I had done the staining. Your imagination is truly your only inhibition. You could even build small modular components which would go together to create a larger project. Storage cubbies built in such a way to work together to make a great desk organizer. Racks to hold video games. Footstools. Plant stands. Candle holders. Kids toys. Like I said, your imagination is all that's going to get in your way if you have access to all those tools and want to go scavenge wood. It's cool you're interested in this wonderful trade...

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well, even though pics wont load, thanks for trying to help me :)
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Here's one of my scrapwood projects. I needed a coffee table so I built this one. The mahogany was a stair apron in an adobe turn of the century house here in Colorado. This is a picture before it got oiled but I had done the staining. Your imagination is truly your only inhibition. You could even build small modular components which would go together to create a larger project. Storage cubbies built in such a way to work together to make a great desk organizer. Racks to hold video games. Footstools. Plant stands. Candle holders. Kids toys. Like I said, your imagination is all that's going to get in your way if you have access to all those tools and want to go scavenge wood. It's cool you're interested in this wonderful trade...

That is some beautiful work, I like the use of square edges to complement the inset pattern and the rug it is on. You have an artistic eye for sure.
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Thanks. I love to play with design. To me, each piece of wood will eventually tell me what it will become. I know this sounds ridiculous but for me it works as part of my 'process'. I rarely know what something will finish out to until I step back and it feels done. There's a little bit of me in everything I build...
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Its like a sculptor who removes everything that doesnt look like what he is sculpting. With all those tools you can build whatever you can imagine.
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Thanks. I love to play with design. To me, each piece of wood will eventually tell me what it will become. I know this sounds ridiculous but for me it works as part of my 'process'. I rarely know what something will finish out to until I step back and it feels done. There's a little bit of me in everything I build...
it doesn't sound ridiculous at all i totally get what your saying, thanks
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Miter saws are to cut wood and chop saws are to cut steel. .
I didn't know that! Everyone around here seems to call mitre saws "chop saws." Doesn't matter to me, I don't figure I need one...
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A good way to find ideas is to look inside your home and try to figure out what is missing, any furniture or small projects that can add convenience to your home. It's not that difficult at all.
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Chopsaw, Congrats on your interest in woodworking and welcome to the forum.

You can build anything you can imagine out of "scraps". The possibilities are endless.

These projects are a great way to build on your skills and learn the best order of operations.

You have a pretty good set of tools to start with.

As far as the chop saw/miter saw question goes don't sweat it. I've worked in several states and you'd be surprised how the terminology changes from region to region.

IMO if we're getting technical you can call both saws a chop saw because they both operate using an up/down motion.

A metal cutting chop saw should not be called a miter saw if it only makes a 90 cut. If you can cut an angle on itcwithout some kind of jig it's a miter saw.

Technically, a saw doesn't chop it cuts. So maybe we shouldn't use the word "chop" for either tool.

After all we're not talking about axes or hatchets.

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I didn't know that! Everyone around here seems to call mitre saws "chop saws." Doesn't matter to me, I don't figure I need one...
i never knew that chop saws were for metal! i always cut kindling and fire wood with them.
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well, even though pics wont load, thanks for trying to help me :)
Well chop, now I think I've got it. Sorry for the delay.

These Scotch tape dispensers are a project I build from scraps that remained from scrap projects. As you can see they must get awfully small before I pitch them in the wood stove. They may be small but can be challenging. One challenge is making them weigh around 12oz.
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Chopsaw32,

You can glue strips of scrap wood together for a cutting board.

By the way, your question is an excellent one and one I wonder about frequently.
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