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03-20-2017 12:20 AM

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I have spent the past weekend rearranging my garage trying to make my lumber and sheet good storage more accessible and during my moving of said items found a lot of small pieces of sheet goods that I didn’t know i had along with 10 bdf of red oak I didn’t know I had.

I am wondering what size determines save vs burn pile for both sheets goods and hardwood lumber for everyone. I think I am a pack rat when it comes to this stuff but maybe I’m not alone.

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#1 posted 03-20-2017 12:25 AM

I’ve got a similar problem. I’m beginning to think that if it’s to small to safely run thru the table saw it’s headed to the BBQ. Nonetheless it bugs me to throw wood away.

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#2 posted 03-20-2017 12:25 AM

Why do you have so many tags that have nothing to do with the topic?

I keep anything that I think I’ll use in the near future. If I haven’t used it in 3 or 4 months I usually toss it.
Of course, the more expensive the material the longer I keep it around.

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#3 posted 03-20-2017 12:34 AM

Plywood or MDF must be at least 2 ft X 1 ft so it can be used for just about any reason. Hard woods are another subject…. I also turn and pen blanks are only 3/4”X3/4” X 5” so there is no such thing as scrap hardwoods.

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scribble

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#4 posted 03-20-2017 12:34 AM



Why do you have so many tags that have nothing to do with the topic?

Sorry I always thought the more tags the better chances of your question being seen by more people, I have corrected it to just a question.

- jbay

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#5 posted 03-20-2017 12:47 AM

It really depends on what it is. If it’s pine, it goes quickly. If it’s birds eye maple, I’ll hang on to even small pieces-you never know when your going to need a special drawer pull! So basically I’m a pack rat. When space is short I cull and have a campfire!

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Ron Aylor

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#6 posted 03-20-2017 01:16 AM

... if it’s wood … I keep it! You just never know when you’ll need it.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#7 posted 03-20-2017 01:33 AM

If it is wood I keep it, sheet goods much smaller then 6×6” unless Baltic Birch for dividers in drawers it is gone.

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#8 posted 03-20-2017 04:00 AM


It really depends on what it is. If it s pine, it goes quickly. If it s birds eye maple, I ll hang on to even small pieces-you never know when your going to need a special drawer pull! So basically I m a pack rat. When space is short I cull and have a campfire!

- Gwhiz


+1

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#9 posted 03-20-2017 11:15 AM

The problem I have with keeping the smaller pieces is that when I do come across a need for one of them, I can never figure out which pile the needed one is in. As I sort through my stuff (moving into another shop this summer, I hope) I intend to follow some of the advice above. Small pieces of sheet go to the burn pile, for hardwood I kinda like the “too small to ciut on the tablesaw” idea, those may be tossed as well.

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#10 posted 03-20-2017 11:25 AM



... I kinda like the “too small to cut on the tablesaw” idea, those may be tossed as well.

- Fred Hargis

Well there ya go … the perfect reason to let go of that table saw … LOL!

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#11 posted 03-20-2017 04:21 PM

For me it’s an evolving process. I agree with the others that keep the smaller bits of more “exotic” woods and burn the pine 8^), but I’ve also started to sort out the scraps (by species) into 33 gallon plastic cans. Often I dig through the cans when I need enough scrap to make a picture frame or something else that makes great use of scraps. That is when I discovered the need to bundle some of these as having been sourced from the same board. Often with a picture frame, I have plenty of scraps to choose from, but they rarely match one another.

I am slowly being overrun! 8^)

Smaller bits cut of when trimming board ends etc go into a “burn” box and keep the shop toasty during the cold days 8^)

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#12 posted 03-20-2017 05:17 PM

I have on occasion bundled scraps together and placed at the end of my driveway with a sign reading FREE CRAFT WOOD. You’d be surprised how quickly it disappears! It is also a great way to meet the neighbors.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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