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Wood Scraps..... to save or toss?... that is the question. #1: What I do with scraps.

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Blog entry by Sawdustonmyshoulder posted 06-10-2019 05:28 PM 1652 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Frankly, I don’t have room to keep scraps and I have to fight my inter hoarder not to want to retain ownership of scrap wood.

Here’s my scrap bin… ready for storage at the local landfill.

And they really look great by the light of the moon… or rather the street light.

-- The more skilled you are at something, the worse you are at it when someone is watching.



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Fresch

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#1 posted 06-10-2019 06:42 PM

Maple, cherry, etc. can be used in your grill for flavor.

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Bill Berklich

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#2 posted 06-10-2019 11:17 PM

Maple/Cherry = might be able to pull together a cutting board or two?

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#3 posted 06-11-2019 12:59 AM

I see dollar bills in a trash can, maybe even 5s or 10s depending on species.

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#4 posted 06-11-2019 01:56 AM

Cutting boards are usually a #1 go to as B’B’ mentioned.

Laminate some of those contrasting thin stips… then thickness it… replace them in your waste bin and you’ll never part with them. You will find a use for them to highlights some future creation and in the meantime they don’t look as unruly.
Jarrah laminated with pine and stored made a handy go to box source when/if required. Still some left for more,

Take up toy car model making (T &J, Gatto, Cherry Tree) and you’ll swallow up those scraps in no time.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 06-11-2019 04:24 AM

Yup, I’ve got the same problem.

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#6 posted 06-11-2019 04:52 AM

Just like throwing away $$. A woodworker I know Makes pet & adult memorial boxes with his scraps. Glues up all the small pieces with no uniformity, and makes simple six sided urns, roughs them up with 60grit and sells them as ‘rustic urns’ for pets and adults. He doesn’t even stain or poly them. If you have a chipper, you can chip them up. Add your saw dust, shavings and wax. now you have fireplace logs to sell. Lots of small creative things to make, if you have extra time.

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LittleBlackDuck

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#7 posted 06-11-2019 05:10 AM



Yup, I ve got the same problem.
- BurlyBob

I used to gravitate to my perfects whenever I needed timber. Nowdays it’s a case of discipline to check the scraps first and with a bit of effort, a compromise can be found.

Just like throwing away $$....
- WoodenDreams

Sweeter words I haven’t heard for a long time W’D’... Most people say I did it free/cheap using scraps… hell, those scraps originally cost $, so it’s not free.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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WoodenDreams

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#8 posted 06-11-2019 05:30 AM

If your deducting the cost of wood from your projects you sell, then your left over wood is already cost deducted. If you build a project for yourself or free to someone else, then the left over wood has a dollar value against the scrap wood. Just like a scrap yard or metal recycler, they see dollar signs in scrap.

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#9 posted 06-11-2019 12:01 PM

None of us can define your cost/benefit ratios.
I personally have too much scrap wood saved and find it gets in the way.
I’m planning to donate some to my local club—lots of retirees on fixed incomes who might appreciate free cherry, maple, walnut, sapele and other timber.

It’s a shame to send it to a landfill.

-- Gary, Florida

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#10 posted 06-11-2019 02:27 PM

What are these scraps you speak of?

Aren’t they just smaller opportunities?

Probably a lot of folks want your address, and a schedule for when you clean the shop. Me, nah…. I make plenty of my own, to go grab someone else’s is to define Hoarder.

-- Think safe, be safe

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