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So for any of you who still turn pens, what do you do with the end scraps that are left over after cutting/ trimming? As a good woodworker tends to do, I ended up saving cutoffs from all of my pen blanks, both wood and acrylic. As i was reorganizing my tool chests and whatnot I realized I had a full drawer of these cutoffs. Some are as short as 1/4", some might be 2". None of them could be used in any regular pen kit applications. I thought about heading to Goodwill and try and find some kind of food processor or blender to break them into smaller bits and mix them into acrylic resin and make new blanks with them. Before I completely destroy them in this way, anyone have a different method, or do most of you simply discard the extra?
Braces were just sitting around, collecting sawdust. Had a stack of scrap wood to use up. So...2@ 1x4 of oak for the sides. Piece of 1/4" plywood, Piece of 1x4 pine, and a 1/2" x 4" piece of Sycamore Cut the ends of the Oak pieces at an angle. Jack plane to even the two up in a matched set. Screw them to a cut down plywood back. Already had a notched "keeper" from another project start/stop...Added a pine base. Had to plane the edge to match the plywood back. Screws and glue...set it up A look at the angled part. Just eyeballed the angle. couple of counter-sunk screws and a spot of glue. Plywood back was screwed to the sides. BTW. Had to use the jack plane to true up the edges of the plywood, bandsaw still can't cut a straight line. Now, about that keeper to hold the chucks in? A bit of glue, and a few screws from the plywood side. The piece of Sycamore scrap? Well, I tried a forstner bit to make a few more of these slots, VERY DULL bit, or very hard Sycamore. Finished the slots on the bandsaw..HEY, I finally found something it could cut. Two screws and some Elmer's and a test fit.. Red clamp to hold this thing upright. Second keeper is to keep the braces from falling over on each other. Counter sunk three more screws into the pine base. Cleared a spot over behind the grinder, had to displace the 1''x30" beltsander. Start loading it up.. Had to make sure it cleared the old vise, as well. A better look? Hold six of these things. Still have another BIGGIE one in the Tool Chest #2. Not sure about a finish, just yet. just using up some scrap wood...
SCRAPS - BOUT MIDDLE OV NITE YEARS AGO, HAD GOOD SCRAPS. STARTED GLUE'M TOGETHER & THINKING. FINISHED UP NEXT NITE, HAD A STOOL BOUT 28 - 30" TALL FOUR SIDES TAPERED IN TO A DOUBLE LAYERED TOP/SEAT THAT I MADE EDGES PURTY WITH ROUTER. DONE, NO WAY! JIG SAWED SOME WICKED EYE & LIKE MOUTH WITH MEAN LOOKING TEETH. DID THIS ON OPPOSING SIDES, NO PAINT NO STAIN JES GLUED UP SCRAPS. SET OUT END OF DRIVEWAY SO NEIGHBORS COULD SNICKER. WOMAN, STOPPPPED AND HAD TO HAVE THAT PILE OF SCRAPS,$20. WOULDN'T LET ME LOAD IT FOR'ER. AWWW LIFE IS GOOD & MYSTERIOUS SOMETIMES.
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