05:35PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 09/11/02
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Being a wavering decision-maker, I wanted to ask you woodworkers out there where you draw the line with saving scrap lumber? I've been saving almost every leftover piece, but I have this eerie image of opening my shop one day and having a scrap avalanche. . .is there a point where something can be too small?




06:06PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 11/27/04
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thats why wood stoves are so handy. but unless my son can use then for his creations, i leave anything that can be made into some type of moulding or trim and burn the rest.


06:41PM | 12/22/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Hi there Kelly,

Yup, I have had those scrap wood avalanches myself.

I've tried to build storage in various places. When I need scrap, I can pretty much find it--although it is far from what I'd call "organized".

If it is decent wood and especially if it has at least one straight edge, I try and save it. There's no surer way to need it than to have thrown it out the week before.

Then again, there's some I've held for years and haven't used yet.

I'm also not above burning--especially the warped stuff.

I still wish I had an extra garage bay. But then I'd probably fill it up with junk too...


-k2 in CO

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09:07AM | 12/23/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
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I guess I'm like most people. I save the small pieces of hard woods that can be made into corner brackets. Anything smaller than that and it gets tossed or burned with the soft woods. I also use the small pieces for making plugs to hide recessed screw holes.

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06:04AM | 12/25/04
Member Since: 04/10/03
116 lifetime posts
if i cant make 3/4" cove or quarter round out of it, i pitch it. might keep a few smaller pieces around, but not much. if i get a job where i need several hundred feet of quarter round, ive usually got that and then some in scrap. a lumber yard owner friend once told me that there is no such thing as a scrap pile, there is just some boards smaller than others.


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