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Offline WoodChuckWoods

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #30 on: January 08, 2012, 03:48 PM »
hey gerry im gonna half to get me one of those.
here is a box i made today, my table saw motor went out so now the 2 projects i was working on are on hold so i can try some little things for the next week or so
Charles S
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Offline Oldwood

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #31 on: January 08, 2012, 06:12 PM »
Hi Charles,

That box looks good what did you use for finish? Looks like African Mahogany. I imagine table saw motors are not Cheap or plentiful in Anchorage or hardwoods for that matter. Hope you get it running soon. Did you try connecting the motor directly to the power to make sure it was not the switch that was the problem?

Gerry
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Confucius

Offline WoodChuckWoods

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #32 on: January 08, 2012, 06:25 PM »
gerry
        i sprayed 3 coats of minwax poly clear, as for the motor i think im am going to order a 5hp grizzly this week. im ready for an upgrade from my ridgid contractors saw only 1.5 hp and has a real hard time getting through some woods.as for getting wood in town there is a wonderful place called hardware specialties and they have a nice selection of exotics plus all the normal stuff(maple,oak,mahog,cherry etc) and if they dont have it they can get it in about a week or so. i asked them for a 9"wide 8' long piece of highly figured tigerwood that was straight and flat and i had it in days. im not sure what prices are down in the states but for example i would get wenge for about $18 per board ft.
Charles S
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Offline WoodChuckWoods

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #33 on: January 17, 2012, 10:10 PM »
so im just all about the scrap lately, here is a box from maple and walnut. it is made mostly on the router table, first time i tried this style of box. its not perfect but still looks nice i think. haven't made a dent in the scrap pile though it is fun and less stressful.
Charles S
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Offline jacko9

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #34 on: February 19, 2012, 09:34 PM »
Great question and one that I was going to post myself!  Well the last two days I cleaned out most of my "treasures" and filled my green waste container to be picked up tomorrow for recycling.  I'm not a wasteful person but, after finding that over one third of my storage space was filled with; shorts, narrow trim and lovely looking but defected boards, I decided that I needed to finally clean up and get on with it!  My shop only has so much space and after making all sorts of handles, butterfly inserts, drawer pulls, etc. I just had to overcome my aversion of waste and retrieve some space for working! I didn't totally waste all of it, I cut a lot of quarter sawn oak for BBQ smoke wood but, it pains me to throw away small chunks of rosewood, mahogany, walnut, bocate, etc!

Offline Kodi Crescent

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #35 on: April 25, 2012, 07:44 PM »
Do you have a lathe?  Segmented turning.

Thats Exactly what I do when my off cuts take up to much room. Here are a few pics of the segmented lamps i have made.

Those are awesome!  I'm really stunned by how they look!

Offline jacko9

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #36 on: April 25, 2012, 08:14 PM »
Since my first post on this topic I have come into contact with a local artist who does commissions, teaches art classes in the local school and teaches students in her studio.  She has agreed to take any and all scraps to teach students how to incorporate the various wood colors and textures into art projects.  I in return will receive a ocean scene oil painting to place over my dining room table.  Wood is not wasted and new contacts will be made by displaying some of my work in her studio.   

Offline Oldwood

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #37 on: May 01, 2012, 02:56 PM »
You turned your cutoffs into an oil painting!!!! Now that is an innovative use of cutoffs [eek]
Sounds like everybody wins.

Gerry
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Confucius

Offline Wood_Junkie

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #38 on: May 01, 2012, 04:08 PM »
I had a similar conundrum and couldn’t see throwing out small cutoffs of nice wood.  So, to save these dimes-worth of cutoffs… I dove into turning (hundred$$ invested when fully setup!)
I turned pens and such for about three years.  Sold close to a hundred to colleagues and friends, had them in the local arts/crafts store, and gave away a bunch as gifts and for fundraising auctions at my kids’ schools.  They were not out-of-this-world-blazing-exceptional, but they were nice and classic.  I get such a kick when one of my coworkers shows up at a meeting with theirs.  

But, all that time in front of the lathe got repetitious, and my neck would kill me for days from looking almost straight downward for hours.  I sold all my turning gear about 18 months ago… put those funds into the Kool-Aid fund.. which wound up being a CT26, RO90 and a few other goodies.  I miss it.. .and yet don’t.

Lucky for the buyer of my kit… he got all the hundreds of cutoffs as part of the package.  Everything from Ambrosia Maple to Zebrawood.. and much, much, much in between.

Now I just toss it into a medium sized box, which I keep for my little outdoor firepit.  When the box is full… the scraps go in the trash.  Period.

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #39 on: May 01, 2012, 04:25 PM »
I have piles of Garapa, Ipe, Tigerwood and massaranduba cut off's.  Most under 1' long.

The only problem with them is they are tough to get burning.

Offline Tom Bellemare

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #40 on: May 01, 2012, 05:40 PM »
I sure wouldn't want to breathe Garapa smoke after what I've seen it do to people's skin just touching it. Do you break out when you work with it?


Tom

Offline WarnerConstCo.

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Re: what does everyone do with their exotic cutoffs?
« Reply #41 on: May 01, 2012, 06:21 PM »
I sure wouldn't want to breathe Garapa smoke after what I've seen it do to people's skin just touching it. Do you break out when you work with it?


Tom

I have no issues with any of the South American hardwoods, or any other
wood for that matter. It takes a lot of heat to get a small off
cut 4x4 of Ipe to start burning.