repurposing scrap keepers or burners #1: when to keep when to burn

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Blog entry by kenthemadcarpenter posted 07-20-2015 09:38 PM 1064 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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We all accumulate scrap. Some scrap can be cut down and repurposed into other projects, some can be salvaged and others just need to be thrown in a burn pile. Knowing what can be re used really depends on what you typically make. if you have a lot small pieces and you build wooden toys then more than likely you can reshape those into functional pieces, how ever if you are some who builds furniture small pieces of scrap are not going to do you any good. My self i primarily build picture frames and small furniture. so often times i can find use for small scrap and incorporate them into a project. But i have one policy, if my bin is full then it’s time to burn, I won’t go through it because then i will agonize over what is usable and what isn’t.

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#1 posted 07-21-2015 11:51 AM

While I’m loathe to discard any hardwood larger than sawdust, I find myself in a predicament. I can’t bring myself to throw out the whole contents of the scrap box indiscriminately.
My woodworking practice is broad and some scraps are not worth saving such as small bits of plywood, but when I’m working all drops and cuttoffs go in the same box. Sorting is the only way for me.
I don’t burn anything, so my neighbors, most of whom burn fires in their fire rings, are the beneficiaries of my unusable scraps. The remainders go into whatever storage I can find.
The actual truth, however, is that I’m only putting off that day when I have no room for any more bits and pieces of hardwood and then my neighbors will have some nice hardwoods for their recreational fires.

But I will still think of what little trinkets I could make from those little bits of wood.


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