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Turn scraps into storage with style

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torage devices built from leftover lumber don't have to look like they came from the scrap bin. In fact, they can be as attractive as a piece of furniture. For example, I used maple and cherry scraps to build a stand for my vintage 1938 Champion Blue Ribbon motor. Naturally, I didn't want to leave the antique motor lying on the concrete garage floor ­ bad for the motor and bad for garage organization. Nor did I want to bolt it to a sawhorse ­ functional, but far from attractive. Instead, I raided my scrap bin and created a motor stand that is easy to move around and looks appropriate for the time period when the engine was made. The bulk of the framework is made of 1x material: 1x6s for the uprights, 1x4s for the handles and braces and a small section of 1x10 for the base. The dimensions of the motor dictate the placement of the crossbraces and the length of the uprights, so adjust your plans accordingly. Use polyurethane glue and wood screws to assemble the framework. (Brass screws add a decorative touch, but any wood screws will do.) I added No. 24596 14-in. wooden tea cart wheels (see SOURCES) to make the stand mobile and applied two coats of clear polyurethane. Whatever finish you choose, make sure it's durable so that your stand becomes an heirloom in its own right.

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SOURCES

Rockler Woodworking, 800-279-4441 www.rockler.com

14-in. tea cart wheels (Rockler No. 24596)

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