10 IDEAS FOR OFF-CUTS OF WOOD
Do you have a slab of lovely oak lurking in your garage and can’t bear to burn or bin it? Do you have a left-over wood from your newly fitted kitchen worktop? Not sure what else it’s good for?
Rosie Ellis of Artisan Central recently asked me to write an article about 10 Ideas for Using Scraps of Oak. We didn’t have to look very far for some of the ideas we used. I found half of them just walking around our home. We are lucky enough to work with oak to make our handmade furniture, however a lot of us living in France take on a renovation project of some kind. And having odd pieces of wood left-over is an almost inevitable by-product. We always try and turn any of our left overs from the workshop into something useful. Whether it is used as fuel to keep the workshop warm over winter or a smaller object in the house. Scraps of oak have even kept our children amused over the years. They have become aeroplanes, swords, even Formula 1 steering wheels. Hours of fun!
Creative Ideas for Scrap Oak
But creativity isn’t just for children and there is nothing more satisfying than making something out of what seems like nothing. And you don’t have to be a furniture maker to come up with ideas for using off cuts of oak, or any other kind of wood for that matter. Some of the simplest and most effective ideas involve almost no construction at all. All you need is a little imagination and some elbow grease. We’ve all got some of that!
A rustic welcome sign, an oak slab outdoor coffee table and a concrete bucket stool are just 3 of the ideas I came up with. To get all 10 ideas you’ll need to read the full article on the Blog at Artisan Central!
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