For someone with a creative imagination, the things that can be made from old wood scraps are unlimited. In some cases, the older the wood, the better. Weathered, gray wood can be very attractive. It's one of the more exclusive types of wood and is hard to find. If you get your hands on some wood scraps, don't throw them away -- make something out of them.
Some of the best-looking picture frames are made from weathered wood scraps. These grayish, cracked and split frames look great around western-themed pictures, old black-and-white photographs or pencil drawings. You don't need to be a craftsman to produce this type of frame. If you have several pieces of old wood that are relatively flat and about 2 inches wide, just use a miter saw or a handheld cutting tool with a miter attachment to cut 45-degree miters on the ends of the wood. You can nail the ends together or use silicone glue to bond them together. Use the silicone glue to attach the artwork, picture or glass to the frame after it's assembled.
Country and rustic signs can be made from scraps of wood. They don't have to be large; they can be simple sayings or slogans on a piece of wood no larger than about 4 by 8 inches. You can use colorful paint to write the text, or even a handheld rotary tool with a cutting attachment to cut letters into the sign. When you are finished, spray or brush a light coat of lacquer or sealant on the sign to keep it from cracking. If you want to keep it completely rustic, do nothing to it and let it turn gray and weathered even more.
For a cool piece of furniture, try gluing some scrap pieces of 3/4-inch wood together edge to edge and use them to create a small, U-shaped end table. Create three separate panels of glued-together scrap wood pieces, each panel measuring about 12 by 18 inches; anything about this size can make an end table. Trim the ends of the glued-up pieces and stand two of them up as legs under the remaining piece. Position the legs 3 inches from each end of the top. Hammer finish nails through the top into the top edge of the legs, or drill holes and use screws to join the legs to the top. You can countersink the screws or just leave them showing. When you're finished, wipe a light coat of danish oil on the table.
In your workshop, use wood scraps to hold miscellaneous tools, such as drill bits, chisels and screwdrivers. Items like these shouldn't be rolling around in a drawer; they can cut you when you reach for them and they get dull. Drill several holes, 2 or 3 inches deep, in an old wood block. If it's not thick enough, drill the holes at an angle. Insert your tools into the block to keep them protected and easy to reach when you need them.
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