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Like most of you, I have too much excess material from other projects.

What to do with it all.
1. Burn it. I don’t like that idea.
2. Use it. But for what?
3. Recycle it. Isn’t that the same as ‘Use it’?

I have some ideas, like glue it up into small boards and make something reguardless of what the material looks like.

It will take some time to get things off the floor, so I got to sort by thickness, route the ends for joining, and then glue them up. Run them throught the planner.

Then I may have something to work with.

-- W. Kirk Crawford - Tularosa, New Mexico





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DannyBoy

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#1 posted 04-14-2008 09:01 PM

Looks like there are some good lengths in that pile. Maybe you should look into making a spattering of toys or small items.

-- He said wood...http://hickbyassociation.blogspot.com/

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Roper

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#2 posted 04-14-2008 09:11 PM

if you had a lathe you would know just what to do with all that scrap, start making segmented bowls.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust- www.roperwoodturning.com

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Marcel T

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#3 posted 04-14-2008 09:13 PM

Send ‘em to me!
Or more likely…
  • cutting board
  • small table
  • carving
  • jig material
  • toys
  • scroll-saw type things
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wiswood2

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#4 posted 04-14-2008 09:17 PM

That is what I make all my toys out of . I got a couple of pick up loads from a cabnet shop , beem working on the for about 3 years still got a lot left. lots of things in that pile .
Chuck

-- Chuck, wiswood2 www.wisconsinwoodchuck.com

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GaryK

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#5 posted 04-14-2008 09:32 PM

Jigs and fixtures.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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JonH

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#6 posted 04-14-2008 10:33 PM

Make pens!

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 04-14-2008 10:48 PM

I’ve got a jewelry box in the queue that could easily make use of some of those pieces.

And the stuff I used for my cell phone charger cord organizer came from a pile that looked an awful lot like that.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/User:DanLyke

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motthunter

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#8 posted 04-14-2008 10:57 PM

make all sorts of stuff… be creative.. not wasteful

-- making sawdust....

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trifern

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#9 posted 04-14-2008 10:58 PM

Looks like a boat load of tooth picks.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Shayne

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#10 posted 04-14-2008 11:01 PM

Kirk, It depends on what kind of wood you have. Do you have clamps I mean a lot of clamps. The longer pieces you can joint the edges and clamp them together and make a butcher block top for a workbench or something like that. But they need to be thick pieces. If there small pieces you could make kid puzzles, mind teasers. If you have a lathe then you could make chess pieces etc. But if you find that you put them in scrap bin and haven’t touched them in six months then burn them or throw them away. You could get you a wood burning stove or heater for your shop and then uses them in there.

-- www.wood2wonders.blogspot.com

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jm82435

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#11 posted 04-15-2008 12:33 AM

I have a pile that looks like that too. Every once in a while I have to bite the bullet and clean house.
Looks like you need some smaller projects and / or a lot of glue.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/6915

-- A thing of beauty is a joy forever...

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 04-15-2008 01:05 AM

Hi Kirk,

I have several piles that look like that as well. Perhaps I am OCD with respect to cut offs but I only get rid of them under extreme duress. I don’t use them a great deal but every so often a project comes along whereby I need one a cutoff rather than slicing up a new board. This alone justifies, at least in my mind, keeping them all.

But you are right at some point you simply run out of room.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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lew

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#13 posted 04-15-2008 01:11 AM

Wisewood2 has the rite idea. Trucks, cars, boats and animated pull toys!

Truck

All scraps

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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lew

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#14 posted 04-15-2008 01:37 AM

Or this,

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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bbqking

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#15 posted 04-15-2008 01:54 AM

Check out my projects on my homesite. I use nearly all drop-offs and “scrap” on small projects. There are several of them posted there.

-- bbqKing, Lawrenceville

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