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How much wood?

Just how little wood can there be in a project, and still consider it woodworking?

I completed a repair project that I’d like to consider woodworking, but not sure if I really can. You see, even though wood was essential to the project’s success and I had to cut, shape and drill it to exact dimensions just like any other wood components, there’s not that much wood in it.

The repair was for a large rolling plastic tote that had a broken wheel. The original wheels were hollow molded plastic, and with no hope of finding an exact replacement I elected to replace both wheels with a pair from a broken scooter of my grandson’s. Here’s what it looks like.

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That little block measures a scant 3/4" x 1-3/8" x 1-7/8" and it, along with a matching block on the other side, constitutes the entire amount of wood in this “woodworking” project. Sure, I could have just replaced the tote, but they’re not particularly cheap. Plus, I’d customized the tote with (wooden) compartments and such, so I wanted to keep it.

But since everything I did to affect the repair was done with wood and woodworking tools in my woodshop, yeah, I consider this a woodworking project.

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