How do you decide what scrap lumber to keep? Is it just a matter of
doing enough projects that you have an idea what you'll likely reuse? I
hate to throw away a decent, solid 2x6 even if it had nails in it. Some
stuff is just rotted, ugly, or otherwise unsuitable, a few things are
obviously pristine (fresh 2x4s) or perfectly reusable (3/4" plywood).
Most is just sort of in-between -- partial boards, half-foot scraps,
etc. Pusher boards? Corner bracing? Jigs?
MO (My Opinion): Here's how I do it; maybe it'll work for
Is it expensive wood?
N ope; but it's not cheap; I'll keep the longer/bigger
pieces & toss the rest.
Yup: Gotta keep that! Never know when it'll be handy!
Maybe for that address bar for Aunt Jean.
Do I already have a storage place for similar sizes? OK,
then it goes right there.
Nope; but it's a nice in between size; I'll keep it.
Nope: Hmm, if I did want to use it, it'd only be
for jigs & supports; might ot might not keep.
Do I have a place for it?
Nope; I'll have to make one soon - that's no way to
Yup; it can go right here.
Nope; here's a good place for it.
Nope; hmm, maybe I'll just stash it here & see if I
ever use it. Wife won't like it, but ...
Nope; Toss this one out, keep those, stash those
What's been here the longest? Have I used any of it?
Do I plan to? Or anything close to it? Maybe I should toss
it out, then put that over there instead, and make twice the
new room I need.
Hey, would those scraps make a good fire next winter? Yeah,
plus, I get to keep them "just in case" that way.
Oh yeah, I promised wifey I'd toss that stuff and get her
care in the garage someday. Yup, someday, that's just what
I'll do! But not today!
<< How do you decide what scrap lumber to keep? >>
Keep it all, but keep it segregated by type in separate piles. When any pile
gets higher than your head, remove enouigh material to be safe and start
another pile. Keep the piles in a nice dry shed and add more sheds as necessary
for new piles. When you run out of shed space, sell the place and move to the
country where still more sheds are allowed. Remember to keep buyong more tools
and materials to keep the flow going. Your friends and neighbors will be amazed
at what a well adjusted personality you have. HTH
Save it all. Anything you haven't used by the winter solstice goes on
the bonfire. Start again for next year. Being pagan doesn't have many
advantages, but this is one.
PS: Remember to save some fireworks from this weekend, too.
If it's rotted, toss it....
If it's solid, keep it.
Even those 8" 2x4 scraps are handy when you need to work on your car,
to place under a tire when you jack it up, or to prop your mower when
the kids toy gets caught in the blade. Anything longer can be used to
build small projects, like bird houses and shelves. Plywood always
makes nice shelves for the garage.
WASTE NOT - WANT NOT.....
If all else fails, and you have a fireplace, burn the scraps....
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