All woodworkers face the question, “What can I do with my scrap wood?” We feel guilty throwing away perfectly good wood and end up hoarding the tiniest cut-offs. Why not show off the beauty of the wood itself by creating a scrap wood art project?
You could get technical with this project by mapping out a pattern and cutting all the pieces to exact sizes, but I just took a bunch of short cut-offs to my table saw and chopped them to random lengths. The most time-consuming part was fitting them all together, but it was kind of fun too. I eased over all the sharp edges on the visible of each block to give the artwork an overall quilted look.
I glued them all to a square piece of MDF after dry-arranging them. It helped to allow individual blocks to hang over the edges, rather than try to get them to fit into a perfect square. Since the pieces are all different heights I used a bag of sand to apply a bit of even pressure while they dried. This is probably unnecessary: the wood glue will hold fine without clamping for projects they won’t receive any stress. After the glue was dry, I trimmed the edges and squared up the entire project on my table saw.
It’s a good idea to sand the faces of each individual scrap piece before gluing them up. I had a few pieces that needed more smoothing after they were glued on and it was very tricky getting sandpaper into those tight spots!
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