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#1 posted 04-13-2009 07:02 PM

I take a various paths with scraps. Small pieces of Plywood/MDF/Pine go out the door. Small pieces of Oak/Cherry goto a BBQ friend of mine and other non-oily type of Hardwood (really small pieces) goto the fireplace. As the value of the wood increases the smaller the piece I am willing to keep.

The next is storage. I am the guy with the storage hanging from the ceiling. You have to have somewhere to keep these pieces without tripping over them. So keep as much as you can within reason and value (to you). With this hanging storage and my big lumber storage rack on the wall I am still planning to build me one of these.
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Now what really comes into play for me is how small is “small”. Above gives a good guide for myself. Say a 8”x8” piece of 1/2ply. Do I keep it or throw it? Well how much of this “stuff” do I have already? Most of the time the only thing these types of pieces are good for is backer boards for drilling/routing/clamp pads. The question is then do I have enough of this on hand already?

The other factor is how much do I have on hand, lets say red oak (I have a ton of shorts that are from 35” long to 12” long and from 13” wide to 5” wide). At this point of time anything that is a cutoff from an end of one of these the boards are considered junk (I have plenty on hand) and goes to the BBQ pile. Now lets take a ebony pen blank, I clean up before I cut this wood and I try to gather the sawdust up and put it into a 35mm film canister. Even a real small price of this can be turned into a decorative detail for a Greene & Greene style project. What it boils down to, is there are no easy answers but you do have to prune your stock back from time to time.

Hope this gives you something to chew on.

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