Clock From Scrap

One woodworker's solution for dealing with his scrap pile.

SHOP OWNER: Alan Young
LOCATION: Ypsilanti, MI

    A while back someone posted a question as to what "scrap" wood should be thrown out. Here are two projects I made that utilize "scrap" pieces in their design and construction.

A Clock From Scratch (or scrap!)

    I made the clock from small pieces of wood left over from various projects. Many of these pieces could have found their way into the burn pile. I already had a simple clock face and decided I would see what I could make from my scrap bin. All of the visible pieces are forms of red oak plywood, solid wood, or turned pieces. Although this is not a profound piece, it was fun to see what a person can do with scraps.
    There are four half-round pieces on the top and two half round sections on the base. Each are from one inch thick stock approximately three and a half inches long and an inch or so wide. The flat base and the upright "wall" are pieces of solid pine faced with 1/4-inch red oak plywood and solid red oak trim. The turned sections are the cut off ends of four stair balusters. I drilled holes in the larger ends and doweled and glued them together. The rosette below the face is left from extras I had already cut for another project.
Crosses From Scrap


Bits n Pieces To Decorate A Cross

    I made a series of three Crosses. Even the larger pieces could come from what some might consider "scrap". To embellish the Crosses, I used small pieces of red oak.
Crosses From Scrap
Crosses From Scrap
    I basically used three types of pieces:

    1.The center rosette that I cut out of small scrap pieces and further cut and shaped.
    2. The four elements found in the four separate cross sections. These are simply made from a piece of red oak one inch thick and about two inches wide and less than two feet long. I ran an ogee molding on each side then ripped the piece to approximately -inch and then cut 45 degree pieces on the sliding compound miter saw.
    3. Various lengths of 1/4 -inch thick red oak door stop molding. This is a standard door framing trim that I had laying around. I ripped the sections to -inch square, cut them to length, and applied them.

. . . Alan Young



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