How Much is "Enough"?

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Project by darryl posted 10-17-2007 04:04 AM 3073 views 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As I’ve posted previously, there is a furniture shop about a block from my house that leaves it’s cut-offs out for who ever wants them.

The question I got from my wife tonight was: “Don’t you have enough”?

She was asking because I had just announced that I was going to head over and see what was available since it hasn’t rained for the past couple days.

My answer was simple, it was “No”

I mean really who says no to 35 pieces of 1/2” Baltic Birch plywood all cut to 10” x 18”??
no one, that’s who!
and the best part, those 35 pieces are not all I got!!


I really have no excuses when it comes to building jigs anymore…

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#1 posted 10-17-2007 04:24 AM

Better get the camera out and start documenting some projects…

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

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#2 posted 10-17-2007 04:40 AM

Your wife is absolutely right. I will send my shipping address so you can send me everything she deems more than enough. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 10-17-2007 04:47 AM

Do the words Envy, Lust, Jealous mean anything to you. Great find – like Wayne said, there is no reason not to use some of it in a few projects.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 10-17-2007 05:27 AM

How much is enough? You’ll know when you get there. If you’re asking, you’re not there yet. :)

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 10-17-2007 01:05 PM

and won’t you be needing all this free wood when you host your big summer picnic event next year?? :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 10-17-2007 01:14 PM

Lucky fellow. Have fun with it.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-17-2007 03:31 PM

Yeah, once you’ve reached the “enough” stage I’ll send you my address as well as some money and you can ship me the “extra.” ;)

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#8 posted 10-17-2007 03:38 PM

I wish i could be so lucky. Free wood!

But seriously, you can
  • make a little cash by making paint-grade TV stands from the stuff
  • line your workshop with more shelves
  • make a shoe-stand for the front closet
  • make a ramp to your van/pickup for your snowblower/snowmobile/lawnmower
  • cut the longer pieces into triangular wedges, glue into circle, trim the outer edge to a nice circle, add some proper legs, and sell it as a table
  • < insert idea here >

There’s no such thing as too much… but you do have to make sure it moves its way out of the shop eventually, or you will run out of room for more free stuff!

-- Dekker -

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#9 posted 10-17-2007 04:13 PM

damn lucky!

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#10 posted 10-17-2007 05:26 PM

Free wood is the best wood! It doesn’t grow on trees you know! Oh wait, I guess it does.

-- Branden - Sacramento, California -

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#11 posted 10-17-2007 09:14 PM

You have “ENOUGH” when you can no longer work in your shop, because there is no room to navigate a piece of wood around anymore.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#12 posted 10-17-2007 09:21 PM

I would say you do not have enough yet Darryl, as there is still room to stack more. I like Dekker’s ideas of the things you can build with it. I bet we see some projects soon.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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A.W. "Pappy" Ford

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#13 posted 10-17-2007 09:32 PM

Enough is when she gets tired of the wonderful things you’re going to make for her at almost no cost, multiplied by her mother, sisters, nieces, etc. Nothing will get a spouse off yer back like of host of her sisters and family who think you’re the best thing since sliced bread. :)

Start a new family tradition: re-usable Christmas and birthday gift boxes that can continue to be passed back and forth within the family for decades to come. Can even wood-burn the family “pass-along” rules on the inside of the lids.

-- --==[ Pappy ]==--

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#14 posted 10-17-2007 09:52 PM

When you can’t walk in your shop because of the piles of wood, then you have enough. I’m not there yet.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#15 posted 10-17-2007 10:00 PM

Hmmmm. I heard you were close Karson. : ^ )

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

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