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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

The Fascinating World of Odd Blocks

One constant problem with woodworking is the cut-offs and leftover pieces.

A project may start with one board, or many boards depending upon what is being made, but the end result is always the same. Every board starting out will always, and I do mean always, become many smaller pieces.

Wood has become more expensive over the years, especially the hardwoods, which means that scraps have become expensive scraps. I hate to throw these away. The result is many bags and boxes of blocks that I do not know what to do with. Now you know where the name of the station came from.

My grand-daughter already has a few hundred of these to play with. She really does like playing with them but her mother has said, "No more blocks!"

I wonder why?

Below is a small assortment of odd blocks from the accumulation.

The cast in order of appearance:

Starting from top left and going down: yellow pine; eastern white pine; white ash, piece of dowel but wood unidentified; Brazilian rosewood.
Continuing on left across back row: padauk; white ash; hickory; black ash
Continuing from left across front row: eastern white pine on top of yellow birch heartwood; red oak; elm

The stage is a wooden crate-box made from leftover pieces of eastern white cedar.

The Oddblock Station Agent

Addendum August 13, 2013 

Someone who knows what to do with odd blocks.

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