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I was looking through some of the recent posted projects and saw a cutting board shaped like a pig (which I thought was really neat). The first thing I thought was that there would be some scraps left over from cutting out the shape of the pig and I started wondering what those scraps could be used for.

So, what do you do with your scraps?

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#1 posted 579 days ago

Scraps, Good Question….. I make pens, small boxes, Glue up Staves or Vases for Bowls.

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#2 posted 579 days ago

My scraps go out in a bucket as sawdust. Have seen people compress sawdust into fire logs but I don’t have a wood heater.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#3 posted 579 days ago

Just so happens I have a pig sitting beside my oscillating sander waiting for final sanding the rounded areas. :-) Most of my scraps get tossed. not enough to do anything with that I can think of.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 579 days ago

I save all my scraps if I don think of a use for them within a month I burn them. I ussaly have a use though

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#5 posted 579 days ago

depends on the scrap, sometimes kindling, sometimes saved for later projects, you never know when you’ll do another job where you might need the same wood in a short length

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#6 posted 579 days ago

something like the cut off from a cutting board is usually too odd to really use without long term storage so I just throw them out. Otherwise my cutting boards are often made from the scraps. Have to cut a board down from 8” to 7 or smaller, that strip is part of a board. Been making rolling pins lately to dispose of the small strips. Also thinking of using the smaller squares by cutting them up on the bandsaw and making an open segmented turning.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#7 posted 579 days ago

I use fruitwoods for smoking. Anything else gets burned.

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#8 posted 579 days ago

DON’T save your scraps – It will catch up with you.

I had a great shop in my basement in Chicago. I just recently moved to San Diego. (Read no more basement and very little workshop). In cleaning out the shop preparing to move I had to either give away or throw out my scraps. I gave everything away that anyone wanted but at the end of the day I still filled a complete 8’X4’X2’ dumpster bag with scraps.

From now on use it or pitch it.

-- Don't outsmart your common sense

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#9 posted 579 days ago

If it is too small to use, I burn it as firewood.

-- Jesse, Saint Louis, Missouri

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#10 posted 579 days ago

If I tossed out my scraps I wouldn’t have anything left.

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#11 posted 579 days ago

Smoking meat

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#12 posted 579 days ago

Depends upon the type of scraps. My wife makes this fantastic stew that…

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#13 posted 579 days ago

Into the wood burning stove to keep the shop warm. Moderate sized pieces saved for cutting boards small boxes and handles.

-- Roger M, Aiken, SC

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#14 posted 579 days ago

stop blocks, small boxes, small carvings and the really small ones go into the shop stove along with logs.
the only real scraps i make are my projects haha

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#15 posted 579 days ago

I made this from scraps. Its about eight different woods.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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