Cleaning Out Scrap

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Blog entry by DogwoodTales posted 04-17-2012 08:10 AM 9893 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently I took some time to clean out old scrap wood and other misc items that I have had sitting around in the workshop for ages. So I decided to make a fun video of it. I hope you enjoy it.

Sometimes it’s difficult to make the decision to keep something or to get rid of it. Scrap is great to have around for various reasons, however too much scrap becomes a nuisance and even a safety hazard especially in a small workshop like mine. It’s important to limit the scrap wood and various cut offs that you keep on hand – with consideration for your shop size, storage space and use of said scrap.

It’s also important to not just throw all of it away. It can have another lease on life in many ways. Like an old sweater tucked away in the back of your closet, if you haven’t gotten around to using the scrap in over a year or so (in my case much of this scrap had been around 2-3 years or longer) it’s time to get rid of it – imho. So either pull it out and make something with it, or give it away to someone who will use it. The last thing you want to do is put it in a land fill. As long as there are no toxins in the wood, then you can at least burn it in a camp fire. At least then it will serve one last purpose (heat and entertainment) and not go into a land fill.



-- Ray

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 11:26 AM

Love it. I moved 3 boxes of pieces to my new house. None of the pieces are longer than about 10 inches, but I just can’t throw them away yet. I need help!

-- John, Omaha

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#2 posted 04-17-2012 12:17 PM

Good Video. Hard to watch….(was like looking into a MIRROR ! ) LOL
I just offered a lot of wood to my new young neighbor. He is finishing carpenter, just got married . He walked over to my place and admired the rustic TV unit I made.(I do a lot of work outside). Tells me his wife and mother-in-law LOVE that kind of furniture and want HIM to make some. I told him about my piles outside, take what he needs , I will never use it all.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 12:34 PM

Decisions, decisions – decisions . It’s never easy.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-17-2012 01:02 PM

Ha Ha Ha !! and I thought I was the only one with that problem!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#5 posted 04-17-2012 03:07 PM

My rule..

If it fits through the 1 1/2” shop vac hose- it gets pitched.

You can imagine the number of scrap boxes sitting in the shop!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 04-17-2012 07:44 PM

This is why every wood shop needs a wood stove. Nice video…...................

-- mike...............

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#7 posted 04-17-2012 09:36 PM

Ray, your scrap, the stuff you threw away, looks like my GOOD pile. You can imagin the scrap/crap I keep.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 10:19 PM

Fortunately very little actually went to the trash. Almost of it went to other members of the Cincinnati
Woodworking Club.
Thanks to all for the accolades.

-- Ray

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