Blogged on a range of topics here on LJs, but not touched on this one ever before: Shop Wood.
I’ve got it, let me tell ya.
Scraps of wood of all types, from any number of home renovations / tear downs / scavenger hunts over the past 30 years, have invaded my shop and have become quite the problem. And the first step to dealing with problems is admitting them, right? As I was piddling around in the shop last night, I came to realize having the material was not in itself a bad thing… It’s not having enough of any specific wood type that is crippling. How about some examples?
• Three pieces of 1×3 white pine, each about 5’ long;
• Two pieces of 5/8” yellow (lodgepole) pine, 10” across and 30” long; and
• Two pies of 1×4 doug fir, each around 4’ long.
And so on, and so on, and so on. Meaning scores of little boards and scraps of all shapes, sizes and materials…
If I were committed to doing something with this pile of material, it’d be colossal PITA… Thicknesses not consistent, not to mention checking on some edges and cupping on a couple of the boards. That, in addition to the varied grain patterns and colors makes for a disaster of a final product. I can’t do anything significant with this stuff, and I’m not one to come up with small things just for sake of using every scrap. I’ve kept these boards around for years, moved them several times, but there comes a point that is has to stop. Right?
So the .02 questions: Have you reached this point in your own shop, and what did you do as a result?
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