Tossing out scraps

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Glad you brought that up... I use a lot of my small scrap for backup blocks on the drill press and quick clamp-down jigs..
Also, I keep scrap around that I've used for dado tests... always something I'm gluing drilling or sanding that fits in the dado for a hold down or jig.
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There is no such thing as "scrap" lumber. There's useless pieces, but it's all good stuff. (For the really obsessive, you can get ice shavers to make your small 1"x1"x1" piece of wood into a bunch of shavings.)
My general rule of thumb is that if it's smaller than my hand, it's probably going to be faster to cut a piece that size than it will to find one, so they're not worth keeping track of.
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snipped-for-privacy@carolina.rr.com writes:

When my children were small, we were a one-income family so on a very tight budget. Star Trek was big then, first time around. My sons loved it. Neighbor gave us a box of 1x2 hardwood scraps, most about 3 inches long. Many of them, combined with a bit of paint, miscellaneous upholstery tacks, some bottle caps, etc., became phasers for an entire group of little boys. That was a wee bit ago; many of those little boys are fathers with sons of their own and some still have those phasers.
One never knows what those insigificant scraps can become.
A 3x5-foot sheet of 1/4-inch plywood painted with chalkboard paint became a control panel for their "ship." One just never knows.
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