What to do with all my "scrap" wood.

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Blog entry by Alan Hart posted 01-20-2011 10:06 PM 1775 reads 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After asking myself what to write for my first blog ever, I thought why not find out what to do with all my “scrap” wood. Over the past 20 years I have collected cutoffs and ends that the companies I worked for were going to throw out. I have several pallets (3’ x 3’ x 5’tall) of oak and cherry each. I also have maple, birch, walnut, hickory, and some mahogany. After looking on here at the cutting boards, segmented bowls, and jewlery boxes, I think I have a good idea of what I can do with all this wood. I know that oak should not be used for cutting boards, but I have more of that than anyother wood. So does anybody else have ideas of what I could do with all of this wood?

I have seen the many different projects that all of you have made. I always thought of myself and a pretty good woodworker, but now I’m not to sure. The woodworkers in here have shown me that I have a long ways to go before I can call myself good. But, with alot of practice and projects, and I have alot of them, I should be able to say that I am a pretty dang good woodworker.

When I get more projects done I’ll be sure to post them.


-- Al Hart

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#1 posted 01-20-2011 10:29 PM

Wow after 20 years I’m surprised you have room for your tools. Toys for donation are easy to make and always welcome.

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#2 posted 01-20-2011 10:32 PM

why not oak for cutting boards

-- merle

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#3 posted 01-20-2011 11:07 PM

Band saw boxes! Loads and loads of band saw boxes.

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#4 posted 01-21-2011 12:01 AM

Small picture frames, or you could turn them into pen blanks.

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Joe Watson

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#5 posted 01-21-2011 12:18 AM

if you have a lathe those scraps are invaluable.

-- Got Wood?

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#6 posted 01-21-2011 12:28 AM

I mostly make larger projects so my scrap is usually just that, burned, tossed, or used for test pieces. If it was expensive or has a descent grain pattern or figure I will keep it. So I am probably not much help to ya. I guess I tend to use all available pieces on the project and don’t really have much usable scrap to begin with. I do actually use my left over Alder for smoking meat though.

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#7 posted 01-21-2011 01:17 AM

merle, White oak can be used (closed cell) but not red oak because it is open cell and will soak up everything finished or not.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#8 posted 01-21-2011 02:07 AM

oh the possibilities!!
and 42,000+ projects here at LumberJocks to inspire you!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 01-21-2011 02:16 AM

I see you live in Wisconsin, so it might be more trouble than it’s worth to ask, that you walk it over to my shop.

-- Mel,

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Dan Lyke

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#10 posted 01-21-2011 02:26 AM

If I were in Wisconsin, I’d tell you that it’s worthless, and being neighborly I’d be happy to come by and dispose of it for you.

Since I’m over a thousand miles away: Boxes seem like a great way to improve skills, and a great way to use scraps.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Dan Lyke

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#11 posted 01-21-2011 02:26 AM

Addendum: See especially Andy's Art Box Tutorial.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 02:50 AM

I found a project for your scraps.

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#13 posted 01-21-2011 04:21 AM

Chess/checker boards, lazy susans (built up like cutting boards, but circular and sealed with a hard finish), toys, small boxes, bookends, inlays, etc etc etc.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#14 posted 01-21-2011 05:43 PM

Intarsia or puzzles maybe?

-- Mike P., Arkansas,

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#15 posted 01-22-2011 12:19 AM

Wow! Lots of good ideas.

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