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Forum topic by Vincent Nocito posted 07-14-2009 04:52 AM 1483 views 0 times favorited 23 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Vincent Nocito

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07-14-2009 04:52 AM

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I suspect that this is a problem that many of us suffer from….”How small does a piece of wood need to be before it is too small to keep?” My shop is awash in small cut off that I have saved for years….never know when you might need a small piece for a glue block or something. I am currently in the middle of a major clean up and was wondering, what criteria do you use to decide that a piece of wood is just too small. Jim Tolpin recommends a piece must be larger than 2” x 2 feet and sheet goods should be at least 2 square feel. What does everybody else use as a guideline.


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#1 posted 07-14-2009 05:00 AM

Hey Vince
I guess it depends on what you make. some guys make pens out of of dozens of pieces of wood half the size of a pencil erasers.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#2 posted 07-14-2009 05:03 AM

I don’t turn so the smallest thing that I build would be a jewelry box. Mostly, I build furniture.

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#3 posted 07-14-2009 05:29 AM

The smallest lumber I’ve seen was my dad’s stock of balsa—1/8” x 1/8”

-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement

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#4 posted 07-14-2009 05:44 AM

I usually have a couple of 5 gal buckets laying around with a bunch of falloff but then they get full, and I throw something in the burn can. THAT”S WHEN I NEED IT. Always works that way.

John

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#5 posted 07-14-2009 05:50 AM

I am one of those people that try to keep everything, the hard part is keeping them organized so you can find them when you need them! The larger pcs I put on selves the small pcs I put in a 3×3 box.

-- Woodisit

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#6 posted 07-14-2009 06:52 AM

It depends on what you make. If you only make furniture get rid of or give away your smaller pieces.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 07-14-2009 07:25 AM

I make allmost EVERYTHING from SCRAP! What most of you throw away it what I go buy to start a project! So….it is ALL kept. It is almost dust before I get rid of it.

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 07-14-2009 09:13 AM

I saw a listiing for a plane on ebay that said it was from the estate of some pack rats. They even kept the wood shavings ;-)) I don’t go that far, but I keep a lot of small blocks, I’m always looking for one for something and I never seem to have many. Not sure what I do with them ???

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

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#9 posted 07-14-2009 12:00 PM

If it floats it the air….it’s too small, LOL.
What I am thinking is that you can always cut a sliver or small piece off any larger piece. So if it is less than 2” get rid of it.

-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~ http://quiltedwood.com

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#10 posted 07-14-2009 12:24 PM

Everything burns, so I keep most of it until I need to make a fire then a lot of it gets used :)

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#11 posted 07-15-2009 07:28 AM

Hey TopmaxSurvivor, What were those shavings? I made a couple of candle holders out of arromatic cedar and when I drilled the holes for the tea lights my wife was gathering up the shavings from the padle bit for potpuree!

Got them in containers setting around the house now. Can’t even get rid of dust i guess. haha

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#12 posted 07-15-2009 07:32 AM

Scrappy, It didn’t say, but I thought about the Woodright making a plane to cut long curls to light pipes:-))

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

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#13 posted 07-15-2009 08:58 AM

Throw away? Why would you want to throw ANY of it away? I have buckets of cut offs and scraps. Guess I need to start composting them along with the sawdust. But then again, you could fill your matress with the curly soft shavings . . .

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 07-15-2009 09:32 AM

If you can’t make a tooth pick, it should go! :-))

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

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#15 posted 07-22-2009 07:14 PM

How small is the smallest Knob you would want to make?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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