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10-09-2011 07:36 AM

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I hold onto the smallest of scrap thinking that someday I’ll have some great use for it. Today I did some major cleaning of the shop and went through my scrap box bin. Anything less than 12” in length goes into the box. Well the box was getting to full and I seemed to have a really hard time getting rid of multiples.

Does anyone else here have the same quandaries and how do you deal with them?

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#1 posted 10-09-2011 07:42 AM

I love Dougs idea I plan to try this soon.

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#2 posted 10-09-2011 07:50 AM

I seem to keep all kinds of scraps, odd shapes and lengths, I have the same problem… :(

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#3 posted 10-09-2011 08:30 AM

I keep all my scraps and have made some stuff out of them before.

-- Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former. -- Albert Einstein

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#4 posted 10-09-2011 09:10 AM

Anything I can make a tooth pick out of is still valuable ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 10-09-2011 01:47 PM

I recently saw a mosaic made from very small wood pieces. I am now convinced that there is no such thing as a scrap.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#6 posted 10-09-2011 03:32 PM

I’m pretty quick to get rid of scraps of the cheaper woods. However, I also work with expensive exotics and I keep even very small pieces of exotics.

Exotics are often used for small accept pieces and, thus, small pieces still have value.

Also – Small pieces of exotic wood make great refrigerator magnets. It seems like everyone likes refrigerator magnets made with nice pieces of exotic wood. I know I have made and given away over 100.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 10-09-2011 03:47 PM

Great idea on the refrigerator magnets. I keep all my scraps too. I’ll usually keep them around to use as stop blocks, clamp protectors, or test pieces (such as testing the depth of a cut on a router). I hardly actually end up using them in projects though.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 04:51 PM

Toss a piece of wood !!! How dare you even say that !!!!
Yea I’m guilty but I always find myself using them


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#9 posted 10-09-2011 05:03 PM

Scraps? What are scraps? Do you mean useful small pieces of wood?

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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#10 posted 10-10-2011 04:14 AM

I’ve made some small items guitar picks, business card holders, stir sticks, jigs etc. I thought I was having a separation issue with getting rid of the smaller pieces J/K. I never thought of the idea of a refrigerator magnet, good idea.

-- An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. Benjamin Franklin

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#11 posted 10-11-2011 02:13 AM

I only regret throwing things away, but then I have over 1,000 sq feet to fill up. I make my assistant go through the scrap box to throw things away. I keep everything.. I don’t even want to see what he tosses, but I told him any thing pretty gets saved.. that I check out and he has a good eye.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#12 posted 10-11-2011 02:30 AM

If it doesn’t fit on the lumber rack, it goes into the wood bin. If it isn’t reclaimed for a project by Christmas time or Camping season, it goes into the fireplace/campfire.

If neither of these happen, I get yelled at by the wife to clean out the garage ‘cuz she’s tried of tripping over my scraps overflowing the wood bin!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#13 posted 10-11-2011 11:49 PM

I build scale models, so I use small pieces of wood. I have kept small pieces of wood for years and as soon as I get rid of it, a day or two later, I am in need of that small piece.

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