New Directions #4: Stash.. or hoard?

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Blog entry by JeremyPringle posted 01-25-2015 01:38 AM 4416 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With my new direction.. come trying to clean up and reorganize my shop/basement/marquetry studio. I have also decided that about 50% of the stuff in my house… does not need to be here.

Since selling off the last of the power tools (cabinet saw) I am a large amount of space in the middle of the shop… waiting for some to put there. Mostly I have my saw bench set there…. with a ton of stuff sitting on top of it. Anyways… I decided to get underway and just do it, and get it over with. I started in my storage/furnace room. I consolidated my wood piles into three stacks and even got rid of one shelving unit that has ticked me off for years. Anyways.. cleaning is boring stuff and nobody cares about me cleaning up my shop.. but I started thinking about half way thought…

At what point does your wood stash turn into a wood hoard?

I also have one more stack that for some reason the site wont let me upload the picture.

Anyways… most of my stashes are made up of smaller, thinner pieces of wood that I have resawn from larger boards that I have used in the past. Its all good stuff, but honestly… how much of it am I really going to use? I don’t have a use for most of it, but I don’t know what to do with it. I use lots of the 1/4 and 1/8 stuff for box bottoms and such.. but it seems that the piles get larger and larger and are getting out of control.

Lots of the wood I have collected thinking.. “Wow, that’s a cool piece, I can use that for a box lid.” But deep down I know that I am not ever actually going to make that box or use that wood. I have heard lots of people say they use scraps to make smaller stuff and fill in projects… but I’m not really a ‘fill in project’ kind of guy.

So to pose another question out of curiosity.. What do you do with your stash, or how do you manage it from taking over?

I would not be opposed to selling a large portion of it, so if you happen to live locally (Calgary) and are interested in taking some of my stash home with you… send me a PM and we can connect.

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 12:34 PM

I know just how you feel. I have the same piles in my shop but I also have had the fortune or misfortune (time will tell) to have just emptied out a friends shop of all his saved wood from 50+ years of woodworking.This is the second time I have done this the first time I paid for it all and got several hundred board feet of wood.My shop is in the bottom of a two story garage and I have the upper part loaded with wood so I don’t have the problem of it taking over my actual shop. I have been buying whole logs lately and having them cut ,so yes I can honestly say I am hoarding

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 04:39 PM

If it is to small to be useful then (gasp…) it goes into a burn pail and I use it for a nice campfire either in the back yard or on a camping trip. I also keep a few bags of shavings around and use them for starting the fires.

But I know what you mean about the stuff that is still usable. It just feels wrong to get rid of it even when I know I likely won’t ever use it for anything. I don’ have nearly the piles you do currently .thanks to recently moving and being forced to consolidate. Thanks to that same move I don’t have nearly as much space for storage currently either as my yard isn’t finished and there is so much extra stuff in my garage :-(

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 06:03 PM

I was thinking something along the fire lines Matt. But for some reason I just cant bring myself to burn most of it. But it is 11°C here today, so it might be great for a lunch time hotdog cook out in the backyard fire pit.

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#4 posted 01-25-2015 06:05 PM

Sounds like a good day for it and the kids would probably love a winter hotdog roast!

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