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Forum topic by rwe2156 posted 07-07-2015 11:43 AM 1430 views 0 times favorited 37 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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rwe2156

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07-07-2015 11:43 AM

I have a real problem discarding scraps.

I usually do a burn pile ever couple weeks and its like any piece of wood over 6” long I find myself looking at it wondering if I should toss it in. 9 times out of 10 I hold on to it.

So I have several bins full of cutoffs now and I don’t seem to use much but I can’t bring myself to get rid of it.

I’ve even caught myself saying “that would make a clamp pad”.

Anyone else?

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!


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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 07-07-2015 11:56 AM

Yeah, I have a bin full of unusable pieces that I’ve convinced myself are usable. It finally got unmanageable, so I grabbed a couple 5 gallon pails recently, and started filling them up with the pieces that I’ve convinced myself I’ll someday use, but never will. After I finish my current project, the pails are getting sent across the street to my neighbor who has a fire pit. Win/win situation. I did keep a small piece (maybe 10”x4” of 4/4) for random uses, like wedges or plugs.

I think the fact that my wife has recently increased my funding (because I’m solely doing projects for the house/family now) has helped me to part with the random scraps and odd-sized plywood pieces.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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mahdee

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#2 posted 07-07-2015 03:43 PM

I do use my small scraps for the firepit and smoking meat. But, like you, I have a hard time letting go of anything bigger than 5-6 inches.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 07-07-2015 03:45 PM

My name is Charlie and I’m a scrapaholic.

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

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daddywoofdawg

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#4 posted 07-07-2015 03:49 PM

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jmartel

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#5 posted 07-07-2015 03:58 PM

You can make end grain cutting boards. Good way to get some use out of small scraps.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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ChrisK

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#6 posted 07-07-2015 04:20 PM

Sorry, I have the same problem. I will burn the cheap stuff, 2X and such,when it gets to three boxes of cut offs.

-- Chris K

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PhillipRCW

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#7 posted 07-07-2015 04:20 PM

You can do a thick butchers block cutting board table. Use the various scrap pieces on the end grain, then leave a small hole for scraps to fall into the trash can. Use some long scraps for legs and then a scrap wood shelf on the bottom. Maybe put it on casters.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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PhillipRCW

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#8 posted 07-07-2015 04:23 PM

Or, send pictures of what you have. If it’s worth it I will pay shipping and just cram some flat rate boxes full. I love small scrap wood projects.

-- Phillip- Measure twice, cut onc.... Hey look, it's rustic.

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CB_Cohick

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#9 posted 07-07-2015 04:40 PM



My name is Charlie and I m a scrapaholic.

- CharlieM1958


My name is Chris, and I’m a scrapaholic. I have it so bad that I buy hardwood scraps from the cutoff bin at the lumberyard!

-- Chris - Would work, but I'm too busy reading about woodwork.

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Yonak

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#10 posted 07-07-2015 04:42 PM


You can do a thick butchers block cutting board table. Use the various scrap pieces on the end grain, then leave a small hole for scraps to fall into the trash can. Use some long scraps for legs and then a scrap wood shelf on the bottom. Maybe put it on casters.

- PhillipRCW

Yeah .. this is a good idea but, the problem is, when to get time to do this project. There will always be scraps accumulating so, when one plans to have time to tackle it, they can then start saving the scraps.

Otherwise, it’s time to burn them. It’s a mindset. Fortunately for me, I heat my house and shop with wood so I only have to store scraps for half a year.

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Andre

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#11 posted 07-07-2015 05:32 PM

Yup’ I am a scrap hoarder! 1/2” x 3” and I am thinking craving knife handle, got Rubbermaid tubs full and my burn/scrap box always seems to be overflowing and using garbage cans for longer stuff! I need help!!! LOL.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Rick M

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#12 posted 07-07-2015 07:52 PM

I have 3 buckets of pine scraps, all several feet long. I use them but despite the fact I haven’t bought a piece of pine in 10 years, they accumulate faster than than I can use them up. It’s like loaves and fishes in there. Three times this year I’ve thrown out a wheelbarrow load of scraps. Plywood too.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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BoxBuilder

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#13 posted 07-07-2015 08:47 PM

Oh thank God! I thought I was the only one!!!

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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rwe2156

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#14 posted 07-07-2015 09:46 PM

Ok, ok, my name is Robert and I am …...a…...scrapaholic.

I feel so much better now!!

-- Everything is a prototype thats why its one of a kind!!

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AandCstyle

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#15 posted 07-07-2015 10:46 PM

Like many/most/all of you I have a hard time deciding on what stays and what goes. I finally decided that for longer scraps they need to be at least 3/4×1x24” or for shorter ones 3/4×3x12”. This works for me because I don’t turn pen blanks. YMMV

-- Art

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