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Forum topic by Jim Savage posted 10-30-2009 03:51 AM 4761 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jim Savage

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10-30-2009 03:51 AM

What does everyone do with plywood scraps? Is there any use for these? I’m talking about pieces that are too small for any project use, or even for test cuts.

I use solid wood scraps for kindling, but I don’t think burning plywood is a good idea because of the glue and other chemicals involved.

Any ideas would be helpful.



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#1 posted 10-30-2009 04:09 AM

Push sticks, depth measurements, trial cuts to insure that measurement is correct.

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

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 04:33 AM

I use them for clamping blocks, Temp supports for cabinets at the corners to keep cabinet elevated 1/2” or so, shims. I keep a trash can that I put all my scrap plywood in and when it gets full I throw some of them out.

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#3 posted 10-30-2009 05:59 AM

Glue ups. They can become anything after that.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 07:51 AM

Jig parts test cuts

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 08:00 AM

Hey—- when all else fails, and you run out of things to build with the scraps, you can always go outside and build a fire and burn them that way. Makes a good bon fire. Even roast a wenner!!!

-- At my age, an "all--nighter" is not having to get up and pee...!!!

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 04:46 PM

BTUs baby.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 10-31-2009 03:52 AM

I give them to some one whose wood burning furnace uses outside air for combustion chamber.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#8 posted 10-31-2009 05:15 AM

I do the same as Gary and Rick, my uncle will burn almost anything in his wood stove (who am I to judge lol) and a night at the beach with a few friends and a few more beverages is always a good time, I am always getting asked “you have any scraps to bring up to burn?” maybe thats the only reason I’m invited to the beach for a fire anymore lol.

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#9 posted 10-31-2009 05:17 AM

Small templates.

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Ryan Bruzan

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#10 posted 12-17-2010 12:30 AM

Drawer dividers, boxes, small panels, tapered panels…

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#11 posted 12-17-2010 01:18 AM


-- Ken

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#12 posted 12-17-2010 01:38 AM

Make smaller projects. I made an awesome necklace from plywood scraps less then 1 inch square.

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#13 posted 12-17-2010 01:40 AM

I keep all my scraps and find a number of uses for them – particularly around the drill press as backers to prevent tear out. I am not sure what all else I use them for but they do not pile up and do get used.

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#14 posted 12-17-2010 05:30 AM

Keep them in a 45 gallon can when it gets cold outside I burn them in a barrel. I’ll keep some stuff for test cuts, etc, but I’ve started throwing away 95% of it now.

-- Williamsburg, KY

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