Wood Scrap Bin

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Project by Jeremy Greiner posted 01-05-2011 02:43 AM 6820 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve noticed wood multiplies like bunnies, you swear you only started out with a few but before you know it your entire shop is filled with them. One of the thing that has bugged me is the corner of my shop that became the wood scrap graveyard (second picture). So I created a simple cart with bins out of 1/2’’ plywood to organize through all my scrap wood.

In case you’re wondering, no I didn’t fit ALL those scrap peices into the cart. I threw out a bunch of 2×4ish scrap peices that wouldn’t likely get used.

Now I have an empty wheelbarrow that I have to figure out where I’m going to store.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 02:46 AM

What?!? You are allowed to throw scrap away? :)

Nice bin, looks much better.

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 03:03 AM

thats a great idea i gotta make one , my scrap wood usually ends up in the wood stove cause there is so much of it.

-- rob, ont,canada

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 03:19 AM

That is a helluva nice looking cart. Now you have to find something to make with the scraps.

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 03:33 AM

It’s like taking inventory. You get to see what you got to use on the next project so you don’t have to run out and buy what you already have.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 04:02 AM

I worry that you don’t have enough clamps. Seriously, I need to make me one of those.

-- Caulk and paint are a poor carpenter's best friends

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#6 posted 01-05-2011 04:19 AM

If you want I can email you the sketchup model for it, it’s dirt easy to make

I agree, having everything tossed in buckets and a wheelbarrow made it difficult to know what I already had

You can never have enough clamps

-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 11:55 AM

I hear you the wood just grows in the corner. Hard to get rid of any of it. Nice work on the storage bin. Should help.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 01-05-2011 01:37 PM

Be careful… that wood so close can reproduce… more small pieces!
My woodbox, like yours, was full from day 1!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 01-05-2011 02:41 PM

That looks like a good solution and a nice build. As for myself, it is the single biggest problem for me in keeping my little shop in order. I have tried a lot of different types of storage, but nothing ever seems to work out for me in the long run.

I went to a kitchen cabinet shop one day quite a few years ago to see if they had any cutoffs I might be able to buy. The owner directed me to a room of about 250 sq.ft. It had a mountain of cutoffs in it about 7ft. high at the peak. Mostly oak. He said “take whatever you like, no charge” After many years woodworking, I now know why he was giving it away for free. In spite of this, I still find it extremely difficult to throw away or burn any cutoffs.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 02:51 PM

I wish that I had enough room in my shop for a wood bin cart. I just don’t have the room. The only solution to my wood is to build a storage shed outside my shop. However, I haven’t done it yet. I really need one. The cart that you built is nice and will make your shop more organized.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 01-05-2011 04:40 PM

This looks great…and practical. Throwing out scraps/cutoff/etc. is painful for me but storage is always a challenge. If you could send me the Sketchup that would be great. I will message you with my email. Thanks Jeremy.

-- Todos los dias aprendemos algo nuevo.

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#12 posted 01-06-2011 08:16 PM

Well, if you’re throwing stuff out, I’ll take a few of those Jet clamps. lol. Nice storage bin. I’m collecting ideas to build my own soon. Thanks for posting.

-- Matt -

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#13 posted 01-19-2011 02:49 PM

Nice idea & great bin !!! yes !! it is amazing how quickly those off cuts build up !!
Thanks for the inspiration for me to get off my ass & make one those !!!

Fantastic !!!!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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