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Wood hoarder

by JKMDETAIL
posted 02-25-2017 10:12 PM


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canadianchips

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#1 posted 02-25-2017 10:21 PM

A woodworker can never have TOO MUCH wood.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Mike54Ohio

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#2 posted 02-25-2017 10:24 PM

Keep saving everything for that next project? Or maybe this little 1 inch cut off will come in handy as a handle? That piece of walnut is too nice for this project? And the list goes on :)

Eventually you get to use it-or just make another storage box for cut offs since the last one filled up already.

Sounds about right for me too

-- It's only a dumb question if you ignore the correct answer

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papadan

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#3 posted 02-25-2017 10:54 PM

I have been a hoarder too. I collected lots and lots of wood when I could. Now I can’t afford to buy any worth having…......but I still got my stash to work with!

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Heywood

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#4 posted 02-25-2017 11:14 PM

I am glad I am not alone with this addiction. I go to the lumber mill to purchase 3 boards and come home with 8. I am not even sure how many I have stacked up now. Everything from Ash to Ziricote.

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corelz125

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#5 posted 02-25-2017 11:25 PM

I tend to also hoard tools also besides wood

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#6 posted 02-25-2017 11:53 PM

My problem is I come across deals and then end up with species of wood that is less desirable (to me) or wood with issue such as improper drying. End up with too much space tied up in this sort of stuff.

I have a stack of red oak, ash, and hickory that has been in the garage for probably 5 or 6 years now.

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mudflap4869

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#7 posted 02-26-2017 01:05 AM

I have no problem with hoarding wood. My wife stands there like a vulture and grabs almost every cut-off before the cut is finished. She also hoards handsaws, hand planes, Augers, bit braces and parts for all of the above.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 02-26-2017 01:38 AM

I only have a few thousand board feet. So I don’t have too much yet.

How much is too much?

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 02-26-2017 02:02 AM

I don’t understand what the problem is.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#10 posted 02-26-2017 02:18 AM

Hi I’m Bob. I’m a wood hoarder. Is this where we meet?

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#11 posted 02-26-2017 02:51 AM

You can have too much wood. I have this problem now. If your building large things like cabinets it gets used up pretty quick. But….if you do true furniture it doesn’t go away quickly enough.

I’ve got enough 8/4 walnut stored in the shop to build and 8’ table and chairs twice. That’s just the walnut…

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#12 posted 02-26-2017 03:19 AM

Problem? What problem?

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#13 posted 02-26-2017 03:28 AM

I’m pathetic; not only am I a wood hoarder (I keep large scraps, cutoffs, etc., plus lots of lumber I may never get to use) but I also can not seem to throw away used sandpapers. I’ve got several small boxes of used papers sorted by size or shape. I’m not to the point of separating the used papers according to their grit, but I often dig through a box looking for the most useful piece for some odd job. It’s not as if I’m cheap, I have and use a wide variety of new papers for each project but I just can’t seem to throw away sandpapers in as much as I can’t discard wood scraps.
. ..Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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nkawtg

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#14 posted 02-26-2017 03:31 AM

Feel free to send me some my way.. :-)

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#15 posted 02-26-2017 03:52 AM

I thought I was the only one. I can’t throw away scraps, I keep thinking I will do something with them, but never do. The next project always needs a new piece.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#16 posted 02-26-2017 06:04 AM

I thought this was a problem a while back, almost like an obsession until another hoarder told me to consider it a passion, not an obsession. Now it’s OK. By the way, I have all my wood sorted and labeled and I have 2 buildings now almost full.

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#17 posted 02-26-2017 06:13 AM



I m pathetic; not only am I a wood hoarder (I keep large scraps, cutoffs, etc., plus lots of lumber I may never get to use) but I also can not seem to throw away used sandpapers. I’ve got several small boxes of used papers sorted by size or shape. I m not to the point of separating the used papers according to their grit, but I often dig through a box looking for the most useful piece for some odd job. It s not as if I m cheap, I have and use a wide variety of new papers for each project but I just can t seem to throw away sandpapers in as much as I can t discard wood scraps.
. ..Marc

LOL good to hear… I was afraid I was the only one that had a hard time throwing away used-up sand paper :)

Where are my manners? Hi my name is Bill, and I have a problem hoarding wood and tools. I recently came to the realization that I spend more time searching out, buying, organizing, and restoring lumber and old rusty tools than actually using said wood and tools.

Fortunately I DO have a solution for the tiny little cut-offs that are pretty much use-less, but we all refuse to get rid of… They make REALLY good kindling. I keep 2 5-gallon buckets in the shop – one by the table-saw, one by the chop-saw. The small cut-offs all go there, and the whole family knows to grab from there when we start a fire in the fireplace. I feel better not “throwing them away,” but they don’t take over the shop either (I figure if I haven’t found a use for them before they wind up in the fireplace, then I don’t need to keep them). Handplane shavings make really good fire-starters too.

-- Bill - Western NY

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Karda

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#18 posted 02-26-2017 07:20 AM

Hi, I’m Mike and I am a wood horder. I know some people who burn out door fires i give scrap to but it is hard to put a piece in the box

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Woodknack

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#19 posted 02-26-2017 07:54 AM

I burned 2 wheelbarrow loads Saturday, and will be taking another load to the dump. It’s all softwoods or old plywood though.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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#20 posted 02-26-2017 10:35 AM

Saving useful scrap isn’t hording. Those walnut off cuts must be good for something, and I want the cherry pieces for a project. I just don’t have enough yet.

Besides, I need three sets of hand tools: one for the house, one for work, and one for the installation bag. And I need extras just in case something happens. And besides, “it is an old hand made, and I like the way it looks.” or “It just needs a little help and I picked it up for next to nothing.”

This is not hording!

On the other hand, my wife wife not let me burn the growing scrap pile from my shop build. “it must be good for something. We just have to figure out what.”

Sigh, what’s a fellow to do?

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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JKMDETAIL

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#21 posted 02-26-2017 01:11 PM

Thanks Guys,
Sometimes you are afraid you are the only one with a problem.

I do use some of my cutoffs in the smoke. Cherry works great on pork, not to strong or overpowering.

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Dave G

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#22 posted 02-26-2017 02:01 PM

Picture frames, cutting boards, bowls. What are the other filler projects possible that use lots of scrap? Picture frames use the most I think.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#23 posted 02-26-2017 05:10 PM



Picture frames, cutting boards, bowls. What are the other filler projects possible that use lots of scrap? Picture frames use the most I think.

- Dave G

Trivets (hot plates), wine bottle balancers, and little things like that are pretty good for using them up too.

I make a fair amount of cutting boards, and usually have a strip or 2 left over when I finish one. I save them all, and eventually have enough to make up a “random pattern” board from them.

-- Bill - Western NY

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KelleyCrafts

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#24 posted 02-27-2017 04:44 PM

Most of mine go to the birds. Seriously.

I have two big exotic birds that love to tear up wood. We just drill a hole in them and put them on their ropes and they’ll sit there all day tearing them apart.

It isn’t wood scraps this time but it’s a funny pic. He’s eating a chicken wing.

-- Dave - http://kelleycrafts.com/ - pen blanks - knife scales - turning tools

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#25 posted 04-18-2017 07:00 PM

I cull my cutoff bin annually. Those pieces go into the firepit to roast marshmellows. I also cull my “for splines and drawer pulls and such” basket. It’s a necessity. I have a small space in a two-car garage, so there are finite limits on wood storage and few thoughts of hoarding.

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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rustfever

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#26 posted 04-18-2017 07:54 PM

I’m not a wood hoarder.
I have only 1000 sq ft of warehouse space dedicated to wood storage, [and to park the forklift used to handle it].

-- Rustfever, Central California

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SignWave

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#27 posted 04-18-2017 09:45 PM

You’re definitely not alone. I’ve been thinking about this one a lot lately.

If it’s becoming a problem, then… it’s a problem. :)

The problem that I’ve found is that I see a scrap, and set it aside for “later” but later doesn’t ever get here. You have to make plans for using scraps, or else make a burn bin. Otherwise, you’re storing and never using.

I’ve been really re-thinking the “workshop storage” concept. I want my workshop to be a place where work gets done, not a space where tools and lumber are stored.

Having a lathe does help, for some reason. Even the tiniest piece can usually be turned into an interesting shape, and I really enjoy miniature turning. And segmented turning is a great way to use up offcuts, too. I grabbed some scraps earlier today to make a pen, fwiw.

At some point, the output from the shop has to equal the inflows.

-- Barry, http://BarrysWorkshop.com/

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#28 posted 04-19-2017 02:01 AM

XD

-- Matthew 13:53-58

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#29 posted 04-19-2017 02:35 AM

My wife set claim to every inch of cherry in all three of our out buildings. Have to fill out request forms in triplicate to get any of it. I can have all the other wood . Pine, plywood and a little oak. Sigh!
She is sittin on 1000plus board ft of cherry that I have collected and sawed up.

-- Illigitimii non carburundum sum

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#30 posted 04-19-2017 02:44 AM

I am a wood hoarder also. I feel everything is just waiting for the right project. Last winter I made some doorbell covers out of small scraps that most folks would put in the fire. I was so pleased that those miserable scraps turned into something so nice. But maybe it wasnt such a good thing. Now I dont want to toss ANYTHING!
Skidiot

-- skidiot northern illinois

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TungOil

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#31 posted 04-19-2017 03:13 AM

It’s not hoarding if it’s neat and orderly, right?

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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Ocelot

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#32 posted 04-19-2017 06:41 PM

Hi. I’m Paul, and I’m a wood horder.

Maybe we need to set up a lumber swap on LJ. I have at around 2K bf of air-dried cherry.

I took these photos back in September as part of a set intended to help me plan a shop cleanup (which hasn’t yet happened). Just Saturday, I bought some lumber to fill up the upper level on this first rack.

This is one side of a 14’ long 2-sided cantilever rack. Recently I was thinking of building a 2nd one.

There’s some non-wood junk on the other rack so probably space for a little more wood.

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viseone

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#33 posted 04-19-2017 08:03 PM

I have the same problem. My wood scrap “collection” has become so large it is threatening to overwhelm the shop. I have boxes full of wood scraps everywhere. It grows with every completed project. Sometimes, a few pieces do get used up, but mostly they are sitting on the shelves or under the tables.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#34 posted 04-19-2017 08:54 PM

The man with the most tools wins. The man with the most wood… ah.. has a lot of wood.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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mudflap4869

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#35 posted 04-19-2017 11:00 PM

I am a wood hoarder, but my wife is a wood HOARDER. It is a good thing that we have a wood burning stove in the shop. I steal her precious scraps to use as kindling. And there is a space near the stove where we just toss scraps in a rubber maid container. We have a couple of vacant lots where she has several logs of different sizes stored(?). They are rotting away, but to her they are treasures. I talked her out of buying a sawmill because I am not about to bust a gut fighting timber. She don’t have the time to devote due to working 12 hour shifts in the ED, and not due to retire for another 5 to 7 years.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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