With my new direction.. come trying to clean up and reorganize my shop/basement/marquetry studio. I have also decided that about 50% of the stuff in my house… does not need to be here.
Since selling off the last of the power tools (cabinet saw) I am a large amount of space in the middle of the shop… waiting for some to put there. Mostly I have my saw bench set there…. with a ton of stuff sitting on top of it. Anyways… I decided to get underway and just do it, and get it over with. I started in my storage/furnace room. I consolidated my wood piles into three stacks and even got rid of one shelving unit that has ticked me off for years. Anyways.. cleaning is boring stuff and nobody cares about me cleaning up my shop.. but I started thinking about half way thought…
At what point does your wood stash turn into a wood hoard?
I also have one more stack that for some reason the site wont let me upload the picture.
Anyways… most of my stashes are made up of smaller, thinner pieces of wood that I have resawn from larger boards that I have used in the past. Its all good stuff, but honestly… how much of it am I really going to use? I don’t have a use for most of it, but I don’t know what to do with it. I use lots of the 1/4 and 1/8 stuff for box bottoms and such.. but it seems that the piles get larger and larger and are getting out of control.
Lots of the wood I have collected thinking.. “Wow, that’s a cool piece, I can use that for a box lid.” But deep down I know that I am not ever actually going to make that box or use that wood. I have heard lots of people say they use scraps to make smaller stuff and fill in projects… but I’m not really a ‘fill in project’ kind of guy.
So to pose another question out of curiosity.. What do you do with your stash, or how do you manage it from taking over?
I would not be opposed to selling a large portion of it, so if you happen to live locally (Calgary) and are interested in taking some of my stash home with you… send me a PM and we can connect.