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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?

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#1 posted 1056 days ago

I love Dougs idea I plan to try this soon.

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#2 posted 1056 days ago

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

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#3 posted 1056 days ago

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

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#4 posted 1056 days ago

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

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#5 posted 1056 days ago

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

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#6 posted 1056 days ago

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 1056 days ago

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 1056 days ago

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 1056 days ago

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

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#10 posted 1055 days ago

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.

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#11 posted 1054 days ago

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 1054 days ago

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 1053 days ago

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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