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recycling wood

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As I wait to finish #1 and plan out #2, I was staring at my back and side offcuts and it came to me that I could do this:


... that could make a nice East Indian Rosewood rosette, right? and some matching pieces for the endgraft and heelcap:

And following a tip from Robbie O'brien, the first thing I did with my sides was take a 2cm strip from each, which I recently split into 4 nice Rosewood binding strips. If I had planned better, I probably could have gotten a bookmatched headplate out of those back pieces, too.

I have baggies full of ebony and rosewood dust ready to fill gaps, and I even found it hard to throw away the wood shavings from carving my mahogany neck (I feel bad even thinking about the quantity of exotic wood in my shop vac, though this may be taking it too far...)

I realize this could just be for those of us who are working with either unserviced or scratch builds, but my question would be "what do you all do with your unused wood pieces?" You guys with a few years experience, have you found any other uses you could share with the new guys? Is it just me or does anyone else have a hard time throwing any of this wood away?


Jan 02, 10 | 1:40 pm

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I have not thrown away one single piece of scrap from my build. When I went to install my side dots, I realized the white dots would not show up that well on my maple neck binding. I used a piece of rosewood from the heel cap, chucked it in my drill and spun it on some sandpaper to make a dowel from it. Then I used it to make some nice rosewood side dots. They are a bit bigger than the plastic rod that the dots are normally made from so they are easier to see too!

Jan 12, 10 | 7:40 am
Ken Hundley

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I started saving all my scraps thinking the same thing....I ended up with more scrap wood than I knew what to do with. Now I have a woodburning stove in the garage, so I only save the choicest peices.

Jan 12, 10 | 9:04 am
Ken Hundley

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Those are some good ideas you came up with, though, BTW.

Jan 12, 10 | 9:05 am

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"....I ended up with more scrap wood than I knew what to do with"

I can already see that's going to be a problem!

Jan 12, 10 | 9:10 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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I have quite a pile forming on the top of my go-bar deck, and the corner of the shop is already filled with scraps........I just hate to throw away any of it, you just never know.......
By the way Darren,
What did you use to cut that very nice rosette?


Jan 12, 10 | 12:27 pm

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Kevin, I used my dremel and a craftsman plunge router/circle cutter base. I've modified the base to cut smaller diameter circles. I think it took 4 passes. It's not perfect but works for now. :)

Jan 12, 10 | 2:07 pm

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