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Help me with my board hoarding!

by Robert
posted 07-07-2015 11:43 AM

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 11:56 AM

Yeah, I have a bin full of unusable pieces that I’ve convinced myself are usable. It finally got unmanageable, so I grabbed a couple 5 gallon pails recently, and started filling them up with the pieces that I’ve convinced myself I’ll someday use, but never will. After I finish my current project, the pails are getting sent across the street to my neighbor who has a fire pit. Win/win situation. I did keep a small piece (maybe 10”x4” of 4/4) for random uses, like wedges or plugs.

I think the fact that my wife has recently increased my funding (because I’m solely doing projects for the house/family now) has helped me to part with the random scraps and odd-sized plywood pieces.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 03:43 PM

I do use my small scraps for the firepit and smoking meat. But, like you, I have a hard time letting go of anything bigger than 5-6 inches.


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#3 posted 07-07-2015 03:45 PM

My name is Charlie and I’m a scrapaholic.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 03:49 PM

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 03:58 PM

You can make end grain cutting boards. Good way to get some use out of small scraps.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 04:20 PM

Sorry, I have the same problem. I will burn the cheap stuff, 2X and such,when it gets to three boxes of cut offs.

-- Chris K

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 04:20 PM

You can do a thick butchers block cutting board table. Use the various scrap pieces on the end grain, then leave a small hole for scraps to fall into the trash can. Use some long scraps for legs and then a scrap wood shelf on the bottom. Maybe put it on casters.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 04:23 PM

Or, send pictures of what you have. If it’s worth it I will pay shipping and just cram some flat rate boxes full. I love small scrap wood projects.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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#9 posted 07-07-2015 04:40 PM

My name is Charlie and I m a scrapaholic.

- CharlieM1958

My name is Chris, and I’m a scrapaholic. I have it so bad that I buy hardwood scraps from the cutoff bin at the lumberyard!

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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#10 posted 07-07-2015 04:42 PM

You can do a thick butchers block cutting board table. Use the various scrap pieces on the end grain, then leave a small hole for scraps to fall into the trash can. Use some long scraps for legs and then a scrap wood shelf on the bottom. Maybe put it on casters.

- PhillipRCW

Yeah .. this is a good idea but, the problem is, when to get time to do this project. There will always be scraps accumulating so, when one plans to have time to tackle it, they can then start saving the scraps.

Otherwise, it’s time to burn them. It’s a mindset. Fortunately for me, I heat my house and shop with wood so I only have to store scraps for half a year.

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#11 posted 07-07-2015 05:32 PM

Yup’ I am a scrap hoarder! 1/2” x 3” and I am thinking craving knife handle, got Rubbermaid tubs full and my burn/scrap box always seems to be overflowing and using garbage cans for longer stuff! I need help!!! LOL.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#12 posted 07-07-2015 07:52 PM

I have 3 buckets of pine scraps, all several feet long. I use them but despite the fact I haven’t bought a piece of pine in 10 years, they accumulate faster than than I can use them up. It’s like loaves and fishes in there. Three times this year I’ve thrown out a wheelbarrow load of scraps. Plywood too.

-- Rick M,

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#13 posted 07-07-2015 08:47 PM

Oh thank God! I thought I was the only one!!!

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#14 posted 07-07-2015 09:46 PM

Ok, ok, my name is Robert and I am …...a…...scrapaholic.

I feel so much better now!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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#15 posted 07-07-2015 10:46 PM

Like many/most/all of you I have a hard time deciding on what stays and what goes. I finally decided that for longer scraps they need to be at least 3/4×1x24” or for shorter ones 3/4×3x12”. This works for me because I don’t turn pen blanks. YMMV

-- Art

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#16 posted 07-07-2015 11:04 PM

I’m not just a scrapaholic, I bought a box of exotic cutoffs from Rockler. But only once. Really. Still have most of it, too. Now I’ve moved onto saving scraps of Baltic Birch left over from a production run of a project. Those I will use for clamp pads. I’ve got very little left after I cut a 4’X8’ sheet of BB; it is mostly sawdust, since I can arbitrarily size the end product to efficiently use the sheet.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#17 posted 07-08-2015 12:29 AM

Burn scraps?

But that 1/8 inch piece of an old door can be used for something right?

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#18 posted 07-08-2015 01:02 AM

I too collect scraps, but unfortunatly I forget what I have so I hardly ever use them up.

Somebody should start a thread for swapping wood scraps. Like whatever will fit in a certain size postage box.

-- Living the american dream in central Texas !

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#19 posted 07-08-2015 02:34 AM

...wood scraps. Like whatever will fit in a certain size postage box.

- Bigkahunaranch

Ah .. now I know what to give to my brother next Christmas.

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#20 posted 07-08-2015 02:45 AM

Um, who me, I don’t have a problem

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#21 posted 07-08-2015 01:58 PM

Here is an idea, from another woodworking site, for using scraps if you know of kids that like little toys.

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#22 posted 07-08-2015 04:12 PM

I’m Bob, I’m a scrapaholic. I try, honest I try, but I can’t quit.

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#23 posted 07-08-2015 05:29 PM

I have been known to collect scrap wood, scrap iron, scrap machine parts, scrap tools, scrap electronic parts, scrap fasteners, scrap motors, scrap hardware, scrap machinery, and as the King of Siam used to say scrap etcetera, etcetera, etcetera. I am a juncaholic

I had a great way for keeping up with it all. It was a foolproof alphabetical system. ;-| I filed everything under M for miscellaneous. ;-|

Do yourself a real big favor. Clean up your shop and don’t collect scrap to the detriment of your woodworking. You’ll enjoy your woodworking hobby a whole lot more. If you must collect scrap wood put it in a storage shed. You’ll be a whole lot happier, will be prouder of your shop, will get more done, will work safer, and will do better quality work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#24 posted 07-08-2015 09:59 PM

When I first started out I would save thin strips to use as paint stirs. It took me a while to realize I didn’t have to save them because I had a steady supply…

When I was young and had no money I saved everything. Now I’ve got the money to buy just about anything I want, but no place to stick it.

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#25 posted 07-09-2015 02:24 AM

Must admit I keep way too many scraps. But I’ve turned most of them into little face grain cutting boards for the short scraps, and save the long scraps to make sushi/French bread boards and/or make them into chaotic end grain boards. I’ve got a bucket full now and they’ll be made into boards in the next couple of weeks. I don’t throw much away – I can almost always find a way to use scraps in cutting boards.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#26 posted 07-09-2015 02:28 AM

I don’t have a scrap problem. I have a storage problem.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#27 posted 07-09-2015 04:57 AM

Now that’s a positive attitude, Sandra ! Maybe I’m not a scrapaholic after all. Time for some introspection

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#28 posted 07-09-2015 09:49 AM

To be honest, I probably get rid of enough wood to make you cringe. I can’t stand clutter. I once gave a guy many many bf of hardwood for helping me unload and reload my lumber racks. The small strips though I tend to hang onto for the thousand cutting boards I’ll make someday.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#29 posted 07-09-2015 11:13 AM

I definitely hold onto more scraps than I can reasonably use. Last time I cleaned out my shop I pulled about 3 garbage cans of scraps from inside my little shed. and that was just the small scraps i still have the big stuff. Though I have kept all my purple heart scraps since that stuff costs a fortune.

-- tools are only as good as the hands that hold them

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#30 posted 07-10-2015 04:33 PM

Place the first scrap piece onto the floor. now use glue and a clamp, and glue the second piece to it. Let it dry. Then glue piece #3 to it. Etc. Use Liquid Nails or screws if necessary. Use scraps as braces for extremities that are precariously hanging on a single glued joint.

If something breaks off under its own weight, simply glue it back, or to another spot and continue the project!

Soon, you will have a unique wooden sculpture that will be the envy of any wood shop!

You can watch your sculpture grow, and when it begins to look like something recognizable, you just add parts and pieces as needed, to turn it into the THING you imagined. You may end up with a unique computer desk, or a clock tower, or a big bird! you don’t know until you are well into the project.

Add pieces with air space between them, and don’t be afraid to add angle cuts on a table saw or sander to get the piece to fit in an orientation that is other than parallel.

When the whole thing is done (if it ever IS done), either spray it with stain or paint, or simply place it on your front lawn FOR SALE and start a new one!

-- I must be doing something right. I still have all of my fingers!

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#31 posted 07-10-2015 05:41 PM

Think about it this way… The next project you start will invariably produce more small scraps. You will ALWAYS have too many scraps laying around. Do yourself a favor and recycle or donate them. I usually run my hardwood scraps down to the wood recyclers where they are chipped up to become mulch.

Conserve the most treasured natural resource… your shop space.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#32 posted 07-10-2015 08:14 PM

I’ve finally faced the inevitable.
I’mma hafta get rid of some of my scrap wood.

Cutting boards? I could probably make a couple hundred…

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#33 posted 07-10-2015 09:36 PM

Scrap? What’s that? Something like a unicorn, I think. There’s no such thing!

A few years ago, I bought a load of not-so-hot lumber. About a third of it is warped, curled etc. I figure I can rip it narrow, cut it short, then plane to make picture frame parts. It was cheap. I haven’t done it yet, because i want to be careful and not waste it.


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#34 posted 07-10-2015 10:02 PM

I remember having this conversation on line with other woodworkers years ago .The debate ended with us deciding to chuck them out, and don’t ever hoard ,(unless you have a pile of small very valuable wood,spalted etc.
I have a neighbour pal who has recently installed a woodburning stove in his house..
(very popular over here).
I find these stoves too much like hard, dirty, backbreaking bending down work.
I remember being brought up in Glasgow in the fifties on coal fired living rooms an a few bedrooms too..These fireplaces when cold, and fires, had to be emptied and cleaned every morning religiously . No Thankee Maaam LOL I am now too old for that form of early morning workout. Subsequently I give to Colin next door and previous to that all small pieces went out in the garbage can.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#35 posted 07-12-2015 11:59 PM

Who says this is a problem?

I don’t have a problem as I am a collector!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#36 posted 07-13-2015 05:23 AM

Back about 1972 I threw something away. I had had to buy one a few weeks later ;-( Consequently, I haven’t thrown anything that could be used or might be used since. ;-)) I feel your pain ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#37 posted 07-13-2015 07:31 AM

Maybe it’s just me, but I use pieces from my scrap box almost every project, for impromptu jigs and spacers. I actually use them in projects fairly often as well, for glue blocks and such. a medium sized moving box has been my receptacle for the last 3 years, and I will occasionally clean out the sawdust, broken pieces and chips. Perhaps when I completely fill it I will feel different, but for now, they’re just too useful to me.

-- Producing furniture grade firewood since 1984

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