What do you do with your scrap exotic wood?

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03-04-2008 01:47 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scrap wood question

Just courious as to what you do with your left over exotic wood after a project. Handles, pens, small boxes, through away, firewood?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-04-2008 02:53 AM

Hi Ron,

There is no such thing as scrap in my opinion, either in the exotics or domestics. These are simply offcuts waiting for a project to happen. FIREWOOD!!!!!!- be still my heart.

Seriously, I tend to save nearly everything. It is only with great reluctance that I throw anything out. I usually reserve a wood toss for those times when it is either toss the wood or the nearest tool at hand. It does provide a relief of sorts and lowers my blood pressure very quickly.

As a matter of fact my wife complains at great length about the “clutter” in my shop. But her clutter is another small project to me.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2008 03:11 AM

I pretty much save everything too. I was doing a lot of scrollsaw work (fretwork & intarsia) and can make use of very small pieces some times. Storing it in an organized fashion, well, that’s another story …

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#3 posted 03-04-2008 03:17 AM

of course i save my treasure. It can become door hardware, inlay pieces, accents, and more. Scrap is what is left after I cut 1 mm off the end of a 2X4 stud.. This of course can help keep a table from wobbling.

-- making sawdust....

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#4 posted 03-04-2008 03:49 AM

The more exotic and the harder it is to get the higher priority I give it.

Laosian boxwood, Snakewood, Curly Koa… I keep all the pieces. Others I put in a 5 gallon bucket
to use for whatever, and when they get too small I throw them away.

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

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#5 posted 03-04-2008 04:05 AM

I keep most of it. Once in a while I will enjoy a very expensive “exotic” fire on a cold night.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#6 posted 03-04-2008 04:43 AM

Scrap wood is non-existent. I use all leftovers and small pieces for pens or to glue up to make segmented turning pieces. If they are really small they can be used as inlays

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#7 posted 03-04-2008 11:52 AM

I save all mine, I’m sure I’ll find a use for it one day.

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#8 posted 03-04-2008 12:30 PM

There are a huge of usage. Photo frame, pegs for next projects, segments for tunning, wooden hinge, wooden pen, parts for joinery, inlay, accessory for woman, kids toy, miniature, accent wood for projects… and test for finishing. Oh, you can also share them with whom needs it right now.
Keep yours in safe place^^ but never forget what you have, unless it would be just a trash heap.
sorry for poor English :)

-- Falling in love with wood... J. Park , South Korea

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#9 posted 03-04-2008 02:42 PM

I keep every little peice, Pens are first but I always seem to find something to use the scraps for.

-- Hope Never fails

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#10 posted 03-04-2008 03:43 PM

I’m not sure I’m familiar with the term “scrap wood”.
It seems like some sort of oxymoron. You know like pretty ugly, awfully good, etc…
If you’re talking about the piecrs of wood left over after the ‘rest’ of it gets its turn as ‘parts’
that’s Christmas ornament material, LOML is working with intarsia and has a huge claim battle starting, I love to make small versions of things etc.
Just wish I had some way of reconfiguring sawdust and using that wood as something besides firestarter or mulch etc… by the way – did I mention I’m cheap!! ?
Ever looking for a way to do something with them besides burning, let me know, I’m pretty sure I’ll gleefully prepay postage~

-- CaptnA - "When someone hurts you, write it in the sand so the winds of forgiveness will scatter the memory... "

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