Friday, October 17, 2014

Scrap Wood Sawdust Art - Scrap Bin Challenge 2014

I made this Scrap Wood Sawdust Art project to participate in the 2014 Scrap Bin Challenge.  Watch the video below to see how I made this project.  What can YOU make out of your scrap wood?

You may have seen sand art before where an artist layers different colors of sand in a bottle or vase.  Well, this is the same concept except I used sawdust instead of sand.

I selected 12 different colors of scrap wood from my scrap bin and cut them with my table saw to turn them into sawdust.  A pizza box top worked great as a temporary dust collector.

I poured each color of sawdust into a vase I bought at the dollar store.  I cleaned the saw and pizza box top before switching to a different color wood to avoid cross contamination.

Here are some simple tips if you would like to try this project:

  • Alternate between light and dark wood for good contrast between stripes.
  • After pouring the sawdust into the vase, you may need to brush it toward the sides with a stick or spoon to get the desired wavy effect.
  • Lightly compact the sawdust as you go to keep settling to a minimum later on.
  • Look for a container that has a lid or glue a lid onto the top to keep the sawdust in.
  • Fill the container to the top so the sawdust cannot shake and mix up.

This was a fun project that can be started and finished in about an hour.  It's a great activity for kids, as long as an adult makes the sawdust.  Best of all, you can use up that scrap wood that takes up valuable workshop space!

Below is a list of other woodworkers who are participating in the 2014 Scrap Bin Challenge.  Check out their scrap projects for more ideas.  Don't forget to subscribe to their YouTube channels for more great woodworking videos!  It's PRICELESS!

Click here to watch all of the videos in one convenient playlist!
(Don't forget to send me the link to YOUR video so I can add it too!)

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