I have a wooden box (about 18" cube) where I keep my cutoffs. If they
are less than 1 ft. long OR if the box is full they get trashed. It
is handy to have something to confirm the height of a router bit or
the size of a drilled hole for it's intended purpose, etc. But enough
Do you use small pieces (for spacers, or whatever)?
That's a good solution. If they're in the box for any period of time,
you probably don't use that sort of cut off. It's sort of the "clean
house" mentality - If something hasn't been used in a couple of years,
I thought #1 was "measure twice, cut once, go to the store, you read the
tape on the wrong side of the inch mark twice."
I know--story sticks. But sometimes my story sticks tell tall tales.
Cutting/bread boards. Always a popular gift. Each year I dig through my
4 33-gallon trash cans of cutoffs (stuff that is over 8" or so in length
and/or long and skinny, useful for face frames) and I cull out maybe 50%
for the wood stove and cutting boards.
All smaller pieces get tossed into a large drum for heating during the
Basically I feel if I paid for it, I'll use it one way or another...
I'm faced with that now as I'm trying to downsize. However, it is a
variant of Murphy's Law that if you throw out odd pieces, one of them
would have been useful the following week.
A few years ago I built a mobile stand/cabinet for my turning tools with
"holes" for drawers to hold chucks and odd tools. I thought that I had
all sorts of Baltic plywood in the garage until I looked. Then I
remembered that a few months before, I had chucked out all that "scrap".
I have a "fire scraps" bin that gets emptied and burned every so often.
If I need a test piece for something, I just grab it, do whatever it was
(usually drill or plane) and toss it back in.
Now if you have contrasting woods, you can glue them together as turning
blanks. Make sure you use enough clamping pressure, it's important that
the joints be tight. (It wouldn't hurt to joint the edges first.) You
may even get some interesting patterns alternating grain direction of
the same wood. This is not a "someday" use of the wood, either do it or
On Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 11:42:38 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
Obstacles? I've dug through my caches, among the obstacles, there, to get
to better scraps, for the pieces I wanted. My shop has a few tools that
can be described as obstacles, at times.
I toss unused/scrap pieces onto the lumber racks, to the point that, smalle
r pieces eventually fall through the greater pieces, onto lower sections.
Those fallen pieces become a pain to deal with, sometimes. There's a des
ignated scraps area, among the racks, as well.
I have a few caches I deal with: Interior & exterior caches at the main s
hop, and there are trash cans I load with firewood and, sometimes, end up s
ifting through that, for something. The older shop is essentially a lumbe
r, prospective/repair projects, misc. stuff, & scraps storage building, the
Two years or so ago, Jonas and the boys came over to clean the shop. Tosse
d out almost everything they considered trash. We bundled it up and poste
d on Craigslist "free birdhouse/small projects wood".... also a free work b
ench. Had several takers. The shop's about due for another cleaning.
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