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    I made this display shelf for my Granddaughter 12 years ago to display a Precious Moments birthday train collection our Son and Daughter-In-Law started on her 1st birthday. I never had pictures of if until now (lazy me). It is made entirely of red oak scraps. The piece is 84" long and 6" wide. The shelf is a glue up of four strips edge joined. The support brackets are also scraps scroll sawed to shape. All joinery is biscuits. Click image for larger version

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    Jim Frye
    The Nut in the Cellar.
    ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

  • #2
    It looks great!
    My first questions to someone that shares his photo or story of something he made for someone special is.....Did you sign and date it? Did you add any other inscription?

    capncarl

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    • #3
      When I first started making things for our home or to give to folks, I carved my initials and the year date into the bottom or back of the piece. I would fill the carving with wood putty and finish over it. Later, I got a bit lazy and began printing small, more descriptive paper labels to affix to the back, bottom, or inside. I take the inkjet printed label, soak it in wiping varnish to fix the ink on the label, and then glue onto the piece. Then the label gets varnished over in the finishing process, thus sealing onto the piece. The varnish yellows the label, making it look old or antique.
      Jim Frye
      The Nut in the Cellar.
      ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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      • #4
        The support brackets take it to another level. Beautiful work!

        I know you said "red oak" but the lighting makes the photograph look like cherry. It is a keepsake!

        Show us some more of your work!
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        Hank Lee

        Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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        • #5
          Hank: The wood is indeed red oak, but I played with the coloring in attempting to match the home's woodwork. The piece was first given an application of cherry Watco danish oil followed by Minwax Provincial (#211) stain and semi-gloss polyurethane. The #211 stain has a bit of a reddish cast to it and the cherry oil deepened the color to come closer to the existing woodwork. It sort of looks like an aged cherry, I think.
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          Jim Frye
          The Nut in the Cellar.
          ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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          • #6
            Looks way to good to call it scrap! Awesome job!
            all my projects are from someone else’s scraps at this time but I’m moving toward some bigger things.

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            • #7
              Here's another one from left overs. This bed step was for the same Granddaughter when she graduated from her crib to a "big girls" bed. This is a shameless copy from a picture of one on the internet. This one is made from scrap poplar for the sides and the rest is oak. I did the turnings on my shop built lathe and the joinery is all butt jointed wood with 3/4" square glue block strips pegged with bamboo pins. This was the first time I tried this joinery technique. And for capncarl, the label inside says "Made for Eve by Papa" with the date.
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              Jim Frye
              The Nut in the Cellar.
              ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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              • seahawk
                seahawk commented
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                Very nice. Thanks for sharing. I would enjoy seeing a bit about your glue block strips with bamboo pin technique. Perhaps a separate post?

            • #8
              That is Nice! Well done. Professional skills!

              As to the shelf, - I wasn't far off with the cherry comment. Yes, it was the "aged cherry" that I saw in it.
              Hank Lee

              Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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              • #9
                Here's another little item made from scraps. It's a coaster caddy made from Maple scraps and done entirely on a band saw. seahawk, I'll put a post together sometime on the bamboo pin joint reinforcement technique. May take me awhile.
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                Jim Frye
                The Nut in the Cellar.
                ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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                • #10
                  All of them are very nice and I really like the scroll work on that display shelf.

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                  • #11
                    Remarkably beautiful pieces. I'm sure that they will be cherished for generations in your family.

                    You've got a great 'eye' and certainly the craftsmanship to create a many beautiful pieces.

                    Very nice!

                    CWS
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                    Think it Through Before You Do!

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                    • #12
                      Absolutely astonishing - all of them

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                      • #13
                        OK, one last scrap wood project and I promise I'll quit. SWMBO likes Yankee Candles, so I made what I call a "candle coaster". Major dimensions are 6" in diameter and 1 1/2" high. It was made from a piece of red oak that I cut into two squares and then stacked the two with the grain aligned so it sort of looks like one piece of wood. This object is NOT turned on a lathe as I didn't own one when I made this. The top piece was relieved to allow a Yankee Candle jar to sit inside the recess. I cut it with a fly cutter in the drill press and finished the hollow with a flat bottomed router bit. The two pieces were cut into circles on the band saw and sanded perfectly round on a jig mounted on the drill press with a drum sander. The profiling was done on the router table with a pin stop and a bearing on the classical profile router bit. The two layers were glued together with a 1/4" dowel inserted in the hole drilled by the fly cutter. Finish is just Watco natural danish oil. capncarl: here's a sample of my old "autograph". The logo is a combination of J M F for my initials. I carved it with a 1/8" round burr in a motortool.
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                        Jim Frye
                        The Nut in the Cellar.
                        ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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                        • #14
                          Thanks for the kind words on the pieces. I hope they inspire folks to look at scraps in a creative light.
                          Jim Frye
                          The Nut in the Cellar.
                          ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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