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I sort of inherited a lot of oak and walnut wood pieces. Photos to come. There are maybe 75 or 100 oak strips, most an inch wide, all 1/4 inch thick. They range from 24 inches to about 40 inches in length. There are about 40 walnut sticks, widths an inch up to 2 inches, again all 1/4 inch thick, various lengths up to 36 inches. The color (and the source) leads me to believe they were not kiln dried- actually, prettier than most walnut you see.

So what am I going to do with these sticks? Any ideas? I was thinking about using some as an overlay for speaker cabinets I built for my kid. He is 17- and prefers to cover the cheap plywood with band posters!

Other ideas? I am not wild about giving up the floor space long term, it is time to use these or burn them.

I guess it would make some awful nice kindling, but I hate for it to come to that.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#1 posted 526 days ago

All of this looks ideal for edge banding on oak and walnut plywood. I certainly would not burn it.

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#2 posted 526 days ago

Shadow box, multi-photo frame, edge banding for book shelves.

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#3 posted 526 days ago

I have a bunch of scraps like that in my cut off bin. I just made a dry erase marker holder by gluing a bunch together in a pattern. Made a coworker of mine very happy.

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#4 posted 526 days ago

This is what my wife does with my pile of little sticks:

After a lot of planing, this will be a cutting board


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#5 posted 526 days ago

I was also going to say cutting/cheese boards. Or you can make small boxes to hold things like pens or toothbrushes.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#6 posted 526 days ago

Edge banding and cutting boards sounds like a good idea to me Dan.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 526 days ago

I’m torn on things like this.

I have a friend who is moving who gave me three big boxes of his scrap boards, some soft wood, some hard. I really do not know what to do with it either…I just don’t have the room…but worse, I don’t have the time to make random cutting boards out of it.

I wish we could just push a button on a machine ala Star Trek and it give us the random scrap board as we need it, because I think I would be better off just dumping or burning scraps like this.

-- jay,

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#8 posted 526 days ago

I would suggest posting it on Craigslist or something of the like. I’m a very novice woodworker and as somebody just starting out, free wood (or very cheap wood) is very much appreciated. I can use it to learn on and make mistakes without costing myself too much money. Barring that, perhaps there is a local woodworking group or retirement center with a woodworking group that you could donate it to. Just a couple of suggestions.


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#9 posted 526 days ago

I have two 5gl buckets I keep narrow cutoff like this. You’d be surprised how often I go to this bucket for small or narrow pieces for shims, cleats, spacers etc. Breaks my arm to throw away so called scraps like this. I know space becomes a problem as my shop is 12’ x 20’ but they sure come in handy lots of times. For me that is.

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

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#10 posted 526 days ago

resaw it in half, soak in water for a couple of days and make a Yogi Bear type picnic basket.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 526 days ago

I’m wondering if we share the same shop Dewayne. My space is 12×20’ and I have two 5 gallon buckets I keep cut offs in. I separate them into strips (like in this thread) and “chunks”. It’s shocking how often I find myself digging through there to find a needed piece.

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#12 posted 526 days ago

I would edge glue them together to about 12” and then use the panels to make fretwork clocks on my scroll saw. I am always looking for 2 to 3” wide strips 1/4” thick or thicker for my scroll saw projects.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#13 posted 526 days ago

Edge banding, cutting / cheese boards, firewood…

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#14 posted 525 days ago

Strip planked mailbox.

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#15 posted 525 days ago

Not necessarily a cutting board, but serving tray or bread board comes to mind. Glue ‘em up in widths you can run through the planer. Inspiration will come.

Something like these…

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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