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Craftsman on the lake

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04-30-2019 03:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood scraps scraps wood bin bin woods wood question

I’ve culled my scrap bins a few times over the years. Right now I want to do a cleanout. I’m sort of a scrap hoarder but have gotten better at it over the years. I no longer save every small cutoff I make. I actually produce a 30 gallon barrel of scraps to toss out three or four times a year, no problem there.
The other stuff is the hard to throw away Foot long piece of oak that’s 6” wide. Harder still to part with maple, cherry, and especially mahogany and walnut. Walnut… at $12/bd ft I save small pieces of that. I’ve got a lot of this stuff. in a modestly sized shop.
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This is an overhead shelf area. I’ve culled this a lot already.

Yes junk wood on the top as that’s where I often throw it but mostly hardwoods below the surface.

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It’s not a ton of stuff but a lot for my space. And it just keeps on coming.

Rarely do I make something small. No bird houses, pens, or jewelry boxes. It’s larger furniture, cabinets, etc. Actually, going over my forty eight projects on my projects page, there is nothing small at all. not even that many small pieces in any of the projects.

So, I’m left with few choices if I want to cull most of it. One, is put it on craigslist. Someone will surely come to get it but probably only for fireplace kindling. I do a fair amount of camping. I could bring it to burn like I do the truly trash ends I have in my refuse barrel. I could simply haul it to the dump. They have a wood dumpster there. Other than that, I’m not sure what to do about it. When I do get rid of it I’ll be closing my eyes and biting my tongue and cringing.

Anyone have any quick easy ideas? The only criteria is I need it gone, not just stored. And I need it to be done fairly quickly… all at once, not here and there over time. What do you do besides keeping it. I’ve already gone down that route for long enough.

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


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bondogaposis

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#1 posted 04-30-2019 03:45 PM

Build a fire pit for your backyard.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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ocean

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#2 posted 04-30-2019 03:51 PM

I can’t help you with your problem. I have my own problem that is exactly the same. Just rolled out a 40 gal. trash can to the “Real” trash can. Can’t believe the space it creates in a one car garage. Good luck with your problem.

-- Bob, FL Keys

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 04-30-2019 03:52 PM



Build a fire pit for your backyard.

- bondogaposis

Ya, I could do that, but I could also bring it camping which is what I will probably end up doing. Getting rid of the wood isn’t the problem. Burning good stuff is.

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#4 posted 04-30-2019 03:55 PM



I can t help you with your problem. I have my own problem that is exactly the same. Just rolled out a 40 gal. trash can to the “Real” trash can. Can t believe the space it creates in a one car garage. Good luck with your problem.

- ocean

Oh great… I guess I’m part of a club here. We could start a new reality show “Scrapwood hoarders” and have mentors come in and cull it for us! I just wish I knew of someone who does build birdhouses who would say, “I’ll take it off your hands and build bird condos. That would be the best thing for my peace of mind.

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

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WayneC

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#5 posted 04-30-2019 03:56 PM

Gift some to a beginning woodworker. :)

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 04-30-2019 04:00 PM



Gift some to a beginning woodworker. :)

- WayneC

Ya, wouldn’t mind at all. Just got to find one. I’d pull it, stack it, and help him/her load it. That would be the best solution. Craigslist is a way to announce that but you know that it’s someone who wants if for kindling up here in Maine.

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

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Andre

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#7 posted 04-30-2019 04:19 PM

I started to turn pens so at least now some of the better scraps(mostly Walnut, Teak, Maple) are used up!
I have a rolling garbage can with a lid that comes with us on camping trips for the rest.
Oh ya, and a wood burning fireplace in the house!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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pottz

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#8 posted 04-30-2019 04:21 PM

what about any school woodshops,are there any around,or clubs maybe? im a semi hoarder myself but ive limited myself to nothing under a foot except maybe exotics or nice burl wood which i can use to make pens or such.i do feel your pain craftsman.

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

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SMP

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#9 posted 04-30-2019 04:28 PM

Haha yeah I do the camping thing. One time We had a fire, and my wife asked “what kind of firewood is that? Theres hardly any smoke!” (We usually have the obligatory campfire problem of smoke following your eyeballs). I answered, “its the most expensive firewood we have used”

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CarlosInTheSticks

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#10 posted 04-30-2019 05:40 PM

This isn’t going to be any help, but up here in Northern Ontario I use a little bit every morning to start the fire in my wood stove to help with heating during our 6 months of winter. Doesn’t hurt much, I am not burning the rich woods you guys work with occasionally some oak or mahogany, white pine but mostly construction grade scraps. Converted my breezeway into a ventilated workshop space and added a front porch a couple of summers ago, lots of scraps produced, but just used the last of it. Nothing under 3’ left in the storage area ha ha.

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Davevand

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#11 posted 04-30-2019 05:51 PM

Last year I turned most of my scrap pile into toy cars. I also used up all of my partially used rattle cans of spray paint that I had around, pine and plywood were painted, the rest are natural. Anything left after these were made was truely trash

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ibewjon

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#12 posted 04-30-2019 06:00 PM

If you were in Illinois…....

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Craftsman on the lake

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#13 posted 04-30-2019 06:16 PM



Last year I turned most of my scrap pile into toy cars. I also used up all of my partially used rattle cans of spray paint that I had around, pine and plywood were painted, the rest are natural. Anything left after these were made was truely trash

- Davevand

Man… if I did that I could open up a toy store. I just came in from culling it and gave four 30 gallon barrels of wood to a neighbor for his outdoor fires. I’ve picked out the best stuff. I’ve still got at least that much left.

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

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SenecaWoodArt

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#14 posted 04-30-2019 06:57 PM

I don’t know how badly you might want to recycle or reduce your inventory, but there is a market for it on Etsy. Some cut it to fit in a USPS Priorty Mail box. You set the price to cover postage and a fee for the wood. There are crafters who will buy it, especially good hardwood. Even Hobby Lobby sells bags of hardwood. It’s a lot of work for not much return, but it is a way to reduce your inventory without the tears of throwing it away.

-- Bob

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Davevand

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#15 posted 04-30-2019 08:31 PM


Last year I turned most of my scrap pile into toy cars. I also used up all of my partially used rattle cans of spray paint that I had around, pine and plywood were painted, the rest are natural. Anything left after these were made was truely trash

- Davevand

Man… if I did that I could open up a toy store. I just came in from culling it and gave four 30 gallon barrels of wood to a neighbor for his outdoor fires. I ve picked out the best stuff. I ve still got at least that much left.

- Craftsman on the lake

I made over 600 last year and didn’t use half of what I had. Our local WW club provided the wheels and axles

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