Nope, you're not the only one... ;-)
My parents are children of the 1930's and therefore HATE to throw anything
away. Their house is full of stuff "that might be useful to someone
someday..." <g> It took many years for me to throw away worn-out shoes
that don't fit me anymore and can't possibly fit anyone else. ;-)
My shop is a single-car garage. I have learned to limit myself to one
roll-around box of large scraps and two smaller containers of small scraps.
When these fill up I force myself to discard the overflow. It hurts, but
it's the only thing that lets me continue to walk around in the shop....
Ditto here with depression era parents. I sort all my scraps by size
and species. I tend to save every part of exotic wood (sometimes even
the sawdust for small repairs). All but toxic wood planer shavings are
used in my daughters ginea pig cage, or as 'instant fire' kindling.
Any other small scraps of other wood is used as kindling, and all ashes
from the fireplace are used to feed plants and garden. Nothing
intentionally goes to waste in my house.
chiminea are really low fired ceramics, and don't do well with high temp
fires like that one. you might look at carefully to see if it has cracked.
it's not fun to fire up one of these, have it roaring away, and have it fall
scraps of lumber, parts & hardware from old furniture that was reclaimed,
you name it, I may not use it tomarrow, or the next day, but I will use it
I have even been known to scrounge old brocken stuff to pilfer parts off
This is how I manage it:
I have 3 boxes
1. Kindling (too small to be useful as anything but a shim). Used as
2. Dubious usefulness... offcuts & stuff up a foot or so long. This is the
first place to liik for a chunk of wood for a test cut
3. 1-2 foot pieces that I'm sure that i can use for "something"
I have to cull the bits from time to time and the worst bits end up in the
Oh my God. You're not alone. As well as cut-offs, we have a few rentals that I
maintain to the best of my abilities. Wanna talk about a whole lotta stuff?
Water heaters, appliances, plumbing, etc. It's a good thing that the Ranch is
secluded, or neighbors might be complaining... Tom
Work at your leisure!
I save everything. I have a roto bin rack full of nothing but loose screws and
hardware I have picked up along the way (my wife is a builder and I always gain
a few pounds when I visit her jobs). It seems if it touches the ground they
won't bend over to pick it up, no matter what it is.
I dumpster dived enough 2x12 WR cedar to build lots of cool stuff. Pavers are
always being thrown away and I got enough to build a fireplace, "tile" a 10x20
shed and half of my garage. Good way to cover nasty stucco. I have boxes of
hardwood cutoffs too good to throw away but we burn crown molding and base in
our fireplace. Light it with a match, burns fast, no smoke, very little ash.
That's great when my wife wants a 45 minute fire.
They call me Fred Sanford
I have a bigger problem. I build and repair photo equipment. I get all sorts
of enlargers, cameras, roll easels, tripods, processors etc that I just
can't throw away. I have gears, motors, metal, hardware etc as well as the
exotic hardwoods I can't part with.
Fri, Dec 10, 2004, 7:47pm (EST+5) email@example.com
<snip> If you throw it away you'll be sure to need it one day!
The actual rule is, you'll need it within one hour of it being
Remember: Nova is Avon, spelled backwards.
Well, I knew I was pretty far down the road when I used a hole cutter
to drill 15 holes (each 1 1/2") in 1/2" oak stock to make a perforated
gallery rail for a wall shelf . . . and I couldn't bear to throw the
little circles away! Maybe some day I'll paste them onto something for
a relief effect I guess. Surrrrrrrrrre!
"Cut to shape . . . pound to fit."
This has ALWAYS proven true in my world...something about inanimate
objects and obstinancy, I think. Sometimes it'll take as long as a
week for me to find the use for it--just the enough time for me to
forget I tossed it, think I just saw the *@#% thing, if I could only
My wife has given me an ultimatum; Don't bring it home if you
aren't going to use it that day.
Being a contractor, I have a warehouse full of stuff. I can
actually go through stacks of stuff and relate it to the job that it
came from. I have a 20 yard dumpster that gets hauled off at least
once every 2 weeks and I still have a ton of stuff.
You've got a lot of "Me Too!"s.
I've got one cutoff bin. The rule is when it's full - something has to come
out to make room for something to go in.
- Thou shall not save even medium sized pieces of MDF, Particle Board,
- Thou shall not save those long but narrow strips of anything
- Thou is allowed to violate any of the above rules, but put the violations
directly in your path where they shall annoy you until you decide to follow
the rules again.
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