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Alan S

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610 days ago

The title says it all. What size of wood scraps get thrown away in your shop? Also, what kind of work do you do and how large is your shop? I’m sure they’re all related. Thanks!

Alan


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patron

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#1 posted 610 days ago

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Alan S

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#2 posted 610 days ago

Haha, David!

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TeamTurpin

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#3 posted 610 days ago

It doesn’t really matter. Ten minutes after I toss a scrap of wood in the trash can, there I am upside down in the can trying to find it again.

-- http://www.teamturpin.org/house/shop.htm

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Richard

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#4 posted 610 days ago

That’s way to small to keep David. 4 or 5 inches and I will hang on to them for while.

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jerrells

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#5 posted 610 days ago

In an article I read about Norm Arram framing a house there was nothing in his scrap pile longer then 2 inches. I have lots smaller than that – but I am still not better them him.

-- Just learning the craft my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ practiced.

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BentheViking

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#6 posted 610 days ago

depends on the type of wood. plywood, pine, poplar it’d be a little bigger, hardwoods i’d keep shorter pieces…if you ever wanna get rid of them put em in a fire!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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doninvegas

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#7 posted 610 days ago

If I can’t fit it in my mouth I toss it.

-- "Courage is being scared to death -- but saddling up anyway."

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Don Broussard

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#8 posted 610 days ago

@doninvegas—I have a similar “rule”. If it fits in my granddaughter’s mouth, I toss it or use it as firestarter material. I’ve been making building blocks with larger scraps for her (and me).

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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Dark_Lightning

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#9 posted 610 days ago

OK, I’ve bought scraps smaller than that from Rockler in their scrap/cutoff box. Now that I have a tumbler, NO PIECE OF SCRAP WOOD IS SAFE! MWUA HA HA HA HA.

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scottb

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#10 posted 610 days ago

depends on how precious the wood is! I have a small beach pail partially full of the tiniest scraps of rare and exotic hardwoods 1 cubic inch or so. (I do have a plan for them.) Otherwise I’ll keep any hardwood that’s big enough to turn on the lathe. Pens, bottle stoppers, tiny bowls, jewelry. As far as the softwoods and manufactured stuff, I try to cull out anything smaller than 1 BF. I do have ONE scrap bin (rubbermaid tote) that the little one is allowed to pull out anything from and do anything with. when that’s full, it goes. Anything burnable and not worth keeping becomes firewood (or more likely kindling.)

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Ironrooster

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#11 posted 610 days ago

I keep a box under the work bench for small pieces under 2 feet. When it gets full, I throw half of them away. That way I always have some on hand for when I need a small piece.

Paul

-- Paul

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DIYaholic

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#12 posted 610 days ago

Throw away wood? Blasphemy, I say!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procratination a bad thing?

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vipond33

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#13 posted 610 days ago

I just finished a mechanical puzzle using a small (5”) piece of rosewood that I had saved for 32 years (I can somehow date it from memory). I fished it out of the garbage that I had just tossed it in.
You need to review your tiny pieces from time to time. Things will suggest themselves.
gene

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 610 days ago

I usually toss slivers so I don’t get them in me again.

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

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dnick

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#15 posted 610 days ago

I have a hard time tossing anything I might ever use, but space limitations are going to demand I start deciding what to keep & what I can let go.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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