LumberJocks

Hard to throw away

  • Advertise with us

« back to Wood & Lumber forum

Forum topic by Woodchuck2010 posted 06-06-2016 03:45 PM 754 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Woodchuck2010's profile

Woodchuck2010

515 posts in 326 days


06-06-2016 03:45 PM

I just had too many little odd shaped pieces of scrap wood that was starting to take over my little shop. I had to throw them away. It’s difficult because you know at sometime one of those pieces MIGHT come in handy. Oh well, I’ll get over it and make some more. hahaha

-- Chuck, Michigan,


20 replies so far

View Nubsnstubs's profile

Nubsnstubs

826 posts in 1198 days


#1 posted 06-06-2016 04:00 PM

No such thing as scrap wood in a wood shop. But, there does come a time that a cleanup is necessary or it will get pretty crowded even in a large shop if you don’t start tossing stuff…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

View TheFridge's profile

TheFridge

5765 posts in 954 days


#2 posted 06-06-2016 04:02 PM

i hear you. luckily I’m not overflowing yet :)

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

View builtinbkyn's profile

builtinbkyn

651 posts in 408 days


#3 posted 06-06-2016 04:13 PM

I hate throwing away shavings and dust knowing I paid for it. Don’t have need for wood pellets or I’d figure out a way to make my own. So I begrudgingly toss the odd cut-offs …......... when I can’t find a place to move them to any more :O

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

View ScottM's profile

ScottM

347 posts in 1614 days


#4 posted 06-06-2016 04:42 PM

I just did that two weeks ago. The little scraps were taking over so I had to get rid of them…..

View Woodchuck2010's profile

Woodchuck2010

515 posts in 326 days


#5 posted 06-06-2016 04:51 PM



No such thing as scrap wood in a wood shop. But, there does come a time that a cleanup is necessary or it will get pretty crowded even in a large shop if you don t start tossing stuff…...... Jerry (in Tucson)

- Nubsnstubs

Sure there’s scap wood. I read all the time of guys that say “I made this china cabinet out of scrap I had laying around”. hahahaha

-- Chuck, Michigan,

View MrRon's profile

MrRon

3927 posts in 2711 days


#6 posted 06-06-2016 04:56 PM

Scraps are important to me as I build model trains. If you check through these forums, you will see projects that were made from scraps. I keep all but the most irregular shaped scraps. Those, I will trim down to regular shapes and save. I don’t save scrap plywood (unless it’s Baltic Birch). When I plan a project, I always do a layout to determine the best way to cut a piece of wood in order to minimize waste. I also have a lot of leftover hardwood scraps that I salvage from a local cabinet shop; too small for them to use, but perfect for my projects. My shop is fairly large (1200 sq ft), so I have enough room to store scraps.

View distrbd's profile

distrbd

2228 posts in 1914 days


#7 posted 06-06-2016 05:00 PM

I just gave away two bucket full of small scrap pieces of Maple, Cherry, Ash to my neighbour , he uses them in his smoker and appreciates the free wood, I kept these pieces for a few months thinking they’ll come in handy some day but I hated moving them from one corner of the shop to another all the time.it seemed they were always in the way .
I think all of us hobby woodworkers would keep every single end pieces and cut offs if we had the space somewhere out of sight to keep them .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

View WoodCrafts67's profile

WoodCrafts67

23 posts in 193 days


#8 posted 06-06-2016 06:11 PM

I have way to many scraps but I always keep them. They do come in handy here and there :) I keep them for making cabinet knobs on the lathe or knobs for some of the jigs I make…even use them to make dowels..

-- WoodCrafts 67

View SCOTSMAN's profile

SCOTSMAN

5839 posts in 3053 days


#9 posted 06-06-2016 06:32 PM

I can never throw away little pieces of Lexan plastic or any little pieces of metal or plastic.not because it is expensive as these bits I refer too, in my minds eye, are really very small, it is just that sometimes I use them as little packers for little jobs which need filling out from behind, also jobs that need big washers I don’t have. By packers I mean odd shaped infill pieces, you will remember them next time your fumbling about trying to raise something a bit mostly to be fair on engineering jobs but hey who knows. I have made some very big washers with these Lexan regarded as bullet proof plastic, not that your pal big al is volunteering to test that claim. anyone else here up for the job. One millisecond later I thought not. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View Jim Finn's profile

Jim Finn

2417 posts in 2390 days


#10 posted 06-07-2016 12:53 PM

I have used many small cut offs by gluing them together into a block and making band saw boxes with them.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

View ScottM's profile

ScottM

347 posts in 1614 days


#11 posted 06-07-2016 01:06 PM



I have used many small cut offs by gluing them together into a block and making band saw boxes with them.

- Jim Finn

That’s not a bad idea….

View Lazyman's profile (online now)

Lazyman

707 posts in 855 days


#12 posted 06-07-2016 10:00 PM

I finally had to throw some away. There were so many that I couldn’t find one for what I needed anyway. Funny thing is my cutoff box is just as full as it ever was.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

View jbay's profile

jbay

820 posts in 367 days


#13 posted 06-07-2016 10:07 PM

I have made some very big washers with these Lexan regarded as bullet proof plastic, not that your pal big al is volunteering to test that claim. anyone else here up for the job. One millisecond later I thought not. Alistair

- SCOTSMAN

I used 1/4” Lexan to make wheel spacers for my (old 62 Chevy with split rims) truck rims. Worked perfectly.
When I took them off, (couple years later) the Lexan only had small dents where the rims bolted tight against them.
True Story!

As for scraps, I could supply many of you with Maple, Chery, Alder, Poplar, for some reason I have a hard time throwing out Walnut though.

-- My “MO” involves Judging others, playing God, acting as LJs law enforcement, and never admitting any of my ideas could possibly be wrong or anyone else's idea could possibly be correct -- (A1Jim)

View Rayne's profile

Rayne

470 posts in 1007 days


#14 posted 06-08-2016 01:28 AM

I’m getting close to throwing mine away, but I think I could do something unique with them by gluing them on a 1/4 ply, draw some shape on the back, and cut it out on the bandsaw or scroll saw. Shop art. :)

View MadMark's profile

MadMark

978 posts in 921 days


#15 posted 06-08-2016 01:40 AM

I can make a nice box out of 11” of 1×3 …
We make pipes out of 6” blocks.
My associate makes doll furniture out of my 1/16” thickness scraps.

We don’t throw much of anything away except dust.

Wood was once a living thing. You should respect the living thing by using its bones to maximum effect. You don’t cut down a redwood to make a tooth pick! Always maximize your yeild.

M

-- Madmark - Madmark2150@yahoo.com Wiretreefarm.com

showing 1 through 15 of 20 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com