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Forum topic by CWWoodworking posted 11-06-2018 09:17 PM 605 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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CWWoodworking

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11-06-2018 09:17 PM

I use 5/4 oak for a specific leg. I don’t use that size for anything else. so when making legs, I have quite a bit of scrap. Wondering your thoughts on if it’s worth it to glue up panels so there is not as much waste?

I pay less that 2 bucks for oak so it isn’t a ton of money. I just hate throwing away the big scrap. A side benefit of panels is it’s easier to sand one big panel than a bunch of pieces. My sander is 26” wide.


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#1 posted 11-06-2018 10:58 PM

when you say “big” scrap,how big? i save and use just about anything longer than a foot.depends on if you have a use.my pile grows then it always seems too shrink.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 11-07-2018 02:14 AM

Theoretically the biggest piece would be slightly less than 2” by 24”. Some would be 2×32, but those are less often.

I know it’s not a lot of money, but I make about a 100 of these legs at a time. So it would add up a little, but there is the labor of glue ups.

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#3 posted 11-07-2018 03:14 PM

yeah id hate to just toss that myself,but if you never have a use for it,maybe at least firewood.i always seem to use mine up for something though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 11-08-2018 01:09 PM

Fairly simple calculation – labor and materials one way vs the other

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#5 posted 11-08-2018 01:56 PM

Can you find someone who can use it? Maybe even a local high school’s shop that does smaller projects that the sizes may work?

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC :: http://www.FamousArtisan.com

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