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09-04-2018 02:11 PM

My name is Robert and I have a problem…......

So when you’re about to toss a piece in the burn pile you’re like me “hmmm…..that could be used for something better hang on to it” and you can’t even think what (?) yeah,

So here’s the idea: you have 3 bins: , “Potential”, “Probable” and Definitely”.

1. “Possibles”. Check every month or two. Toss whatever is in there and start over. Of course if you HAVE to, you can move something to the other bins, but you must resist this urge or you will end up in a viscious cycle (see below).

2. “Probable” Anything not used in 6 months goes into the “Possibles” bin.

3. “Definitely”: Anthing not used in 6 months goes into “Probable”.

Sound like a good idea?

Feel free to make suggestions, but I think its a logical way to handle the phobia.

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

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#1 posted 09-04-2018 02:42 PM

What if a board is marked possible, does it go into the potential bin?

If it is in the Definitely bin and you have not used it in 6 months, was it not time yet, or does its status change. Were you wrong from the moment you put it into the definite bin?

I am so stressed thinking about this.

2 bins: Maybe / Probably

You are right either way.

-- A severed foot is the ultimate stocking stuffer.

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#2 posted 09-04-2018 02:51 PM

If you have time to keep track of how long boards have been in one bin or another, go for it. I know I sure don’t.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#3 posted 09-04-2018 03:11 PM

I think you may be on to something here, but I need to investigate further…..!!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 09-04-2018 03:11 PM

My technique is I put my scraps into a box. If the box is full and I have a piece I want to save, something has to come out to make room for the new piece. Keeps the quality high and the quantity limited.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-04-2018 05:08 PM

I follow the same technique as Steve. There is a limited amount of space for scraps. I have a stack of cherry, one for walnut, another for maple, and one for oak. When the space is full then I go through it and get rid of stuff that hasn’t been used or is of lower quality. Happens every month or two. Unfortunately, I’ve expanded into separate storage for exotic scraps and those are a lot harder the get rid of because of what they cost. That’s where LJ swaps come in and other small projects to use up the pieces rather than tossing them.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#6 posted 09-04-2018 05:50 PM

For now, I will stick to hoarding …. !

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#7 posted 09-04-2018 05:55 PM

I used to have that problem, but I realized one mans trash is another man’s treasure. I now keep pieces of a given size and put the rest in my little covered trailer outside. When I get a sizeable amount of scraps I put it in the free section of Craigslist. Usually gone the same day.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 09-04-2018 05:56 PM

For now, I will stick to hoarding …. !

- oldnovice

Hoard responsibly. And remember, friends never let friends hoard and drive.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 07:34 PM

“It’s such a nice piece of wood. I might be able to use it someday.” :) :) :)

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#10 posted 09-04-2018 07:40 PM

Hi. I’m Bob and I’m a wood hoarder!

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#11 posted 09-04-2018 09:03 PM

My hoard is more outside – scraps of cherry, oak, hickory, maple and apricot end up in a bucket to be used in the smoker. Definitely makes the woodworking mistakes more palatable.

-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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#12 posted 09-05-2018 11:47 AM

Hi. I m Bob and I m a wood hoarder!

- BurlyBob

Hi Bob!

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#13 posted 09-05-2018 03:11 PM

Last time I moved (7 1/2 years ago), I threw out and/or gave away a truck load of expensive material.
It was heart-breaking, but I am gradually re-accumulating my wood hoard.

Even if he won’t admit it to himself, or his family, Robert is a wood hoarder just like the rest of us – not that there’s anything wrong with that.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#14 posted 09-05-2018 04:20 PM

I’m a wood hoarder probably on a scale you guys can’t even imagine lol.

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#15 posted 09-05-2018 04:23 PM

I m a wood hoarder probably on a scale you guys can t even imagine lol.

- AZWoody

lol. you sure are.

I hoard.

-- Pete

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