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05-01-2014 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: scraps scrap wood

Because of what I commonly make in the shop, I end with a lot of thin strips of wood. They are mostly the same kind of wood, size ranges from ¼” to 1-½” by ¾” by 8”-24” long. I hate to throw these away, but I can’t think of what to do with them. Do some of you have some input? What do you use them for? So you can show off some of your projects…;)

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#1 posted 05-01-2014 04:46 AM

Stir paint?

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#2 posted 05-01-2014 04:54 AM

Glue them up and make bench hooks out of them? Cut them into blocks, paint them with a non-toxic paint, and give them to a kid to play with?

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#3 posted 05-01-2014 05:04 AM

Stir sticks and clamping cauls. :-)

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#4 posted 05-01-2014 06:47 AM

Same as Nitewalker. Can never have too many stirring sticks.

Plus, it’s a proven fact that stirring sticks made from expensive exotics cause finish to flow out more smoothly. If finishing a piece made from cherry, you must stir the finish with cherry sticks otherwise fisheye, blushing and crackling will occur.

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#5 posted 05-01-2014 10:43 AM

Make wooden clip boards with them. The finished dimensions of a clipboard is around 9” x 12” x 3/8”.

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#6 posted 05-01-2014 11:31 AM

Once I get a bunch I was gonna do what I saw a guy on YouTube do. Glue them together, mill them to make a square and make end grain coasters out of them, they looked pretty good.

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#7 posted 05-01-2014 11:37 AM

Depending on how many you may end up with and how much time you have to waste, you could make them into an end grain chopping board or workbench top. You have to admit, an end grain workbench made from small scraps would look pretty cool.

I use thin strips of 3/4” as edge banding on when I’ve used plywood as shelves in various projects. It usually is slightly thicker than the plywood so I end up hitting it either with a sander or a block plane. Makes a nice look.

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#8 posted 05-01-2014 11:44 AM

I used these quite nicely on my boxes.

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#9 posted 05-01-2014 11:49 AM

Stir sticks and cauls have already been listed, but I also hang on to mine in case I need them for other small projects and jigs. It’s a good idea to use a piece of scrap for testing a table saw or router setup instead of your work piece. The sizes of the scraps you have would be great for cutting boards, coasters, cheese boards.

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#10 posted 05-01-2014 01:27 PM

I use them for accent pieces around drawers and things like that.

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#11 posted 05-01-2014 01:44 PM

Stir sticks and glue spreaders, is what I do with them.

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#12 posted 05-01-2014 01:56 PM

I also use them to spread glue,stir finishes or to mark plants in the garden, sometimes they are used to build supports for delicate plants.

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#13 posted 05-01-2014 01:59 PM

I forgot to mention sanding sticks. Sand a taper on one end of a stirring stick then glue a piece of sandpaper to the side opposite the taper (or use psa). It makes for a handy “file” for getting into tight corners.

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#14 posted 05-01-2014 02:58 PM

Stirring sticks, cauls, and most importantly, smoke flavoring for the grill

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#15 posted 05-01-2014 03:14 PM

I make
  • gluing strips, even though I use the silicone and acid brushes.
  • mixing strips
  • edge banding for stuff
  • dutchman fixes rare but just did one yesterday.
  • Handles
  • Jig stops
  • repairs
  • clamping pads

I have different sized tubes for storing these things. I just throw them in there (usually long 18” or longer) and raid it when I need it.

-- Jeff NJ

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