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Forum topic by hotncold posted 03-21-2014 06:24 PM 782 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-21-2014 06:24 PM

Topic tags/keywords: humor question

Although I’m relatively new at posting on Lumberjocks (or any forum for that matter), there is something that seems to be consistent.
NOBODY buys new wood for projects!
One of the most used phrases in the vast majority of project posts is “I made it from scraps I had laying around the shop”. It’s also true on most Youtube videos. This always makes me chuckle!
But come on guys! Show us the projects that created the scraps in the first place!
PS…I love this place!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#1 posted 03-21-2014 07:03 PM

Lots of projects here that weren’t scraps. Wood recycling is getting to be a bigger deal all of the time. If you want to put the labor into it, the wood itself is free. Everyone here has a niche. We all blend together to make a big happy family (like any family, most of us are happy). The thing to do is search through the projects and find what you’re interested in. I personally learn something from every niche here. Love this place.

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-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 03-21-2014 07:19 PM

Yep, there’s an amazing amount of free wood out there, with a little bit of work. Its almost as if it grows on trees. You might have to climb into a dumpster from time to time too. That can get real interesting. :)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 03-21-2014 07:23 PM

If you throw away any piece of wood that could feasably be used for something in the future, then in reality you might as well throw away hard earned money.There are always projects that will need such pieces of wood in the future.Unless of course we are talking about very small pieces of what can only realistically be called off cuts and scrap, that would be more trouble than it would be worthto store and re use rememberring that for most of us storage space is shop space.It is a question of judgement .One which comes with experience driven off course by the fact that wood is not at all cheap to buy.When I started out woodworking I stored every piece of scrap wood I had.Then I learned with time that most of it was useable and some of it was not even worth keeping for pen turning.LOL I soon learned.Have safe fun Brothers and fellow Jocks and kindest ,very kindest that is ,regards .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#4 posted 03-22-2014 01:05 PM

All the large, medium, and small projects posted on these pages are made from new, old, used, recycled, etc., woods which created scrap/s, cut offs, etc., that’s made projects from scraps, cut offs, etc. I think that makes sense. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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