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Forum topic by Jeremy posted 04-13-2009 06:01 PM 3857 views 1 time favorited 43 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-13-2009 06:01 PM

Topic tags/keywords: scrap wood tip question

I’m sure this is a problem everyone deals with but lately I have found myself with a lot of scrap that I can’t bear to part with! I am wondering if anyone has a solution to one storing scrap and also, how small is too smal?! As the prices of hardwood rises, I really can’t part with even a 5in X 2in x 3/4 piece of walnut that I used on a project. What do you do with?

Just throwin’ it out there!

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#1 posted 04-13-2009 06:03 PM

I keep my small peices in a couple of boxes. They come in handy for trim and such.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 04-13-2009 06:04 PM

Someone just posted a hanging storage area for small pieces, goes over his garage door so its dead space that is hard to use.

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#3 posted 04-13-2009 06:26 PM

Heat the house … I used to give it to a friend that used it.

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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#4 posted 04-13-2009 06:43 PM

List them at Ebay, even those 5×2x3/4 has potential buyers

There was a Blog yesterday here, discussing about the way of helping other LJ’s that are having a hard time these days, even with small pieces of wood for turning or smalll projects.

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#5 posted 04-13-2009 06:47 PM

I like to keep smaller pieces of select hardwood for use as pegs and such. Walnut would be a good contrasting color to a maple or other light wood. Pine and oak, more common woods go to my relatives houses for burning in the fire pit or chiminea.

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#6 posted 04-13-2009 07:02 PM

I take a various paths with scraps. Small pieces of Plywood/MDF/Pine go out the door. Small pieces of Oak/Cherry goto a BBQ friend of mine and other non-oily type of Hardwood (really small pieces) goto the fireplace. As the value of the wood increases the smaller the piece I am willing to keep.

The next is storage. I am the guy with the storage hanging from the ceiling. You have to have somewhere to keep these pieces without tripping over them. So keep as much as you can within reason and value (to you). With this hanging storage and my big lumber storage rack on the wall I am still planning to build me one of these.
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Now what really comes into play for me is how small is “small”. Above gives a good guide for myself. Say a 8”x8” piece of 1/2ply. Do I keep it or throw it? Well how much of this “stuff” do I have already? Most of the time the only thing these types of pieces are good for is backer boards for drilling/routing/clamp pads. The question is then do I have enough of this on hand already?

The other factor is how much do I have on hand, lets say red oak (I have a ton of shorts that are from 35” long to 12” long and from 13” wide to 5” wide). At this point of time anything that is a cutoff from an end of one of these the boards are considered junk (I have plenty on hand) and goes to the BBQ pile. Now lets take a ebony pen blank, I clean up before I cut this wood and I try to gather the sawdust up and put it into a 35mm film canister. Even a real small price of this can be turned into a decorative detail for a Greene & Greene style project. What it boils down to, is there are no easy answers but you do have to prune your stock back from time to time.

Hope this gives you something to chew on.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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#7 posted 04-13-2009 07:20 PM

Too Small? If it gets stuck in the 1 1/2” shop vac hose- it’s a keeper!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-13-2009 07:40 PM

keeping it is easy, storing it is something else. Make sure you organize them well. ( at least in your head) so you don’t over do it. And make sure you have a wide range in there. If it’s full of pine then clean out the junk pieces.

When making a dutchman or other type of fit in piece this is where I go. Like sike says. You can use small pieces to contrast your work. Which becomes a little more special when you accent it with opposing colors.

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#9 posted 04-13-2009 09:50 PM

once a year (about) i make up a batch of picture frames small boxes or small turned containers. i built a 24 inch cube, when that fills up with small scrap i go through it. 90 percent of these the loml gives as gifts

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#10 posted 04-13-2009 09:52 PM

btw if you ever turned pens, smaller scrap gets looked at. i saw one on line that was a 30 piece glue up.. way to much spare time

-- It's not a sickness, i can stop buying tools anytime.

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#11 posted 04-13-2009 11:06 PM

I keep all my scraps to make pens with. Sort them out by species and store them in 5 gallon drywall buckets.
The buckets stack and don’t take up a lot of room.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#12 posted 04-14-2009 12:15 AM

Perhaps I should get a lathe!? Thanks for the insight! Keep them comin’ if you think of any others.

-- Jeremy, Rochester, NY

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#13 posted 04-14-2009 12:56 AM

heres a good project to use all those scraps

-- BRODY. NSW AUSTRALIA -arguments with turnings are rarely productive-

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#14 posted 04-14-2009 01:53 AM

How about boxing them up in asortments and sell them at a tage least you’ll get some cash for it. Or you could sell it to campers for kindling. —you should see the stuff they through in the dumpster at work. Needless to say, I have to stay away from that dumpster!

-- Old turners don't die, they just turn to dust!

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#15 posted 04-14-2009 06:15 AM

I’ve got a bunch of ends that I think would make a good set of blocks. Cut ‘em into regular shapes, offer ‘em on Freecycle…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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