What to do with a pile of scraps

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Project by bandit571 posted 03-25-2021 03:53 AM 760 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the course of a few projects. Where I’ve had to rip a plank for width….I soon wind up with a pile of strips….some of the shorter ones get used as cauls, then thrown out. Had a stash of longer strips….decided to cut them down a bit. Distance between the bandsaw’s riser, and the blade was ~ 12”, or so…..started running all the strips in the shop through that space…..anything that was too short, or too knotty, trashcan. The rest were laid out on the bench. Edges that needed jointed..were. Was finally able to glue up a panel.

Cleaned up, edges squared up….had to re-glue one spot….wound up with a panel of many colours…5/8” x 10-1/4” x 11”....bandsaw to cut the rounded corners.., edges were given a slight round-over. Waiting on Coat #2 of Mineral Oil to dry. The only cost of this project, was that $2 bottle of Mineral Oil.

I think I found a use for all them scraps…

Thanks for looking in!

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 03-25-2021 04:16 AM

I understand ending up with a pile of strips. Cutting boars are always a good way in my shop to make room for more scraps.

Your board looks good. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bruce Free Plans & Calculators

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#2 posted 03-25-2021 04:16 AM

Great save and reuse.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#3 posted 03-25-2021 04:55 AM


-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#4 posted 03-25-2021 10:54 AM

yes sir – nice use of could be scrap

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 03-25-2021 02:06 PM

Looks great! Great use of scraps. My scrap pile is about to overtake the shop…think I’ll look for suitable scraps to do that today.

-- Gary -

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#6 posted 03-25-2021 02:58 PM

About time you elevated your Wood working Skills:) I have found myself looking at any scraps 4” long and 3/4” thick as pen blanks!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 03-25-2021 04:18 PM

With the price of lumber today those are not scraps but prime lumber. Good use of them. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 03-25-2021 11:37 PM

good way to put scraps to use.

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#9 posted 03-27-2021 09:43 PM

Great way to use up those off cuts (scrap is a four letter word in my shop)!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 04-18-2021 01:29 PM

+1 you saved those scraps (hidden treasures) from the burn barrel. Looks great…

-- Desert_Woodworker

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