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post #1 of 27 Old 11-21-2017, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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I think I'm a scrap hoarder and need help LOL

For some reason, I can't seem to throw out scraps of wood from my projects.

Big scraps, small scraps, tiny scraps and the newest saving is the shaving from a 1x3 - I'm thinking I can use it as veneer?

The real problem is I actually use some of the scraps as time goes by - for example, I'm now making a french cleat system in my shop and getting rid of the pegboard because I'm tired of the hooks falling out when I take a tool!

So I'm turning my scraps into the hangers for the cleat system.

Some of the uses I've found for the scraps include: risers with screws for finishing, triangles for clamping, dowel pieces for pegboard trays etc.

I now have large buckets of scrap that I've organized according to size (not type) 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1/2" ply, 3/4" ply etc.

Am I alone in this endless cycle?

Perhaps an intervention is in order?
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post #2 of 27 Old 11-21-2017, 07:07 PM
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Through the years you'll learn what to keep, what not to keep, and how much to keep. Starting up I went through a similar swing where I kept everything and hoarded. I got to a point where I had so much that I forgot about half of what I had and ended up going out and buying new rather than sort through the mounds of off cuts. After that I organized what was actually useful and got rid of the rest. Now I keep a bit of scrap on hand but the rest is for the fire pit.
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You paid good money for that wood. If it's usable I keep it too. I have bins under my radial arm saw I keep scraps. Sometimes a bin will get pretty full but I've never completely filled one. The wood is constantly being used.
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Scrap hoarding is especially difficult when you have a small shop. It's true you never know when you'll find use for something. 17 years ago, I made a mirror frame to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I made the thing from some tiger maple and had a 10' long strip left over. The piece was 3/4"x 2" and it lay in the wood rack all that time. I even moved it to the new shop when we built a new home. In February, I used that strip for a piece of decorative frieze molding on the new entertainment center I built for the new house. I felt really good that I had saved the piece for good use. It is really difficult to cull the scraps and toss them. Today, I carried out two buckets of cutoffs and dumped them.

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I think we all need a little woodworkers anonymous once in a while. I found I was eating up so much valuable space, it just didn't make since to keep too much.
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Thanks all, glad I'm not alone in this vicious cycle.

I did manage to throw a few scraps in the trash today - some edges too thin to become veneer LOL
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My workshop is in the basement, and it's 11' x 17' so I've learned not to hoard wood. It still accumulates, so I'll have a nice fire and beer with the neighbors!
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If it's real wood I NEVER throw it out. If I have space for it I'll always keep it and wait for a project to come up. If no space exists or it's too small to really use then as much as it might kills me to do it some some of the exotics it'll be firewood. I use most of my hoardings though so it's not too bad.
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Keep or no keep. I make my judgement based on length. Anything less than 12” long gets tossed into the trash can. Although I keep one box of shorts just for clamping protection.
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If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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Hah, I've found myself hesitating to use a nice scrap and then having to remind myself that that is why I kept it in the first place! When we retired and moved to Virginia, I did throw them all away to save money on the move. Was it a real savings, probably not, but it was consistent with all the other paring down we were doing.
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For some reason, I can't seem to throw out scraps of wood from my projects.

Big scraps, small scraps, tiny scraps and the newest saving is the shaving from a 1x3 - I'm thinking I can use it as veneer?

The real problem is I actually use some of the scraps as time goes by - for example, I'm now making a french cleat system in my shop and getting rid of the pegboard because I'm tired of the hooks falling out when I take a tool!

So I'm turning my scraps into the hangers for the cleat system.

Some of the uses I've found for the scraps include: risers with screws for finishing, triangles for clamping, dowel pieces for pegboard trays etc.

I now have large buckets of scrap that I've organized according to size (not type) 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1/2" ply, 3/4" ply etc.

Am I alone in this endless cycle?

Perhaps an intervention is in order?
If you think you are a hoarder then you probably are. Does it matter? No, not unless it is costing you money or taking up valuable space you need for something else.

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I don't have scraps. I just have smaller and smaller projects.

Here's an example that many would have called 'scrap' pieces of wood, but I don't consider Padauk, Zebrawood, Cocobolo, and Myrtle Burl to be scrap regardless of the size.

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I rarely have Pine or plywood in the shop but if I get a piece that is an inch wide and 10" long, for example, then it goes in the trash. But if that same piece is Walnut, Maple, or Cherry, etc. then it stays.

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too some folks, pen banks are scrap. I came into possession of some rough sawn Cuban mahogany years ago and try to use every little sliver. Some wood, I hang on to, just because it has some sentimental or historical value. I have lots of free wood available for turning and I don't do much other woodworking. So some wood is sent to the kindling box.
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Had a thought last night (rare for me) about the scrap/cutoff stuff in my shop. I remembered that I use a lot of them as secondary wood in projects. I made a cherry shaker side table and used red oak and maple for the secondary parts. For the mirror molding above, I glued oak to the 3/4" tiger maple prior to shaping the moldings. I know most folks use poplar or similar woods for secondary uses, but why buy wood when you have usable stuff on hand. My Granddaughter needed a set of bed steps when she was much younger, and the scraps provided everything. Ive even glued up strips of wood to make a 6" wide board for a fancy shelf.

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Scrap hoarding is especially difficult when you have a small shop. It's true you never know when you'll find use for something. 17 years ago, I made a mirror frame to celebrate our 30th wedding anniversary. I made the thing from some tiger maple and had a 10' long strip left over. The piece was 3/4"x 2" and it lay in the wood rack all that time. I even moved it to the new shop when we built a new home. In February, I used that strip for a piece of decorative frieze molding on the new entertainment center I built for the new house. I felt really good that I had saved the piece for good use. It is really difficult to cull the scraps and toss them. Today, I carried out two buckets of cutoffs and dumped them.

http://www.woodworkingtalk.com/membe...r-solid-maple/

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Jim the size of the shop really doesn't matter to a true hoarder LOL

After I finished the kitchen I had a huge pile of off cuts, the kids and I went through them, I did pitch some larger pieces then I wanted but the save pile was growing way too fast and the pitch pile was growing to slow,so I start pitching bigger chunks. I too have very little SPF in the shop, this pile was almost all cherry, and we love cherry for smoking meat,it is soooo good,so it wasn't actually wasted
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I have a small 15 X 15 shop. My friends all said they would take any scraps I want to get rid of for their wood stoves and fire pits. They came to take it once. I even tried to leave a small barrel full of scraps for free....no takers. The company that takes my trash really doesn’t want to take it. So I have the problem of what to do with it....
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Me too. This is my smaller pile.

I really need to make a scrap bin...
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I am a novice just starting out. I have been using the scrap for test cuts and practice. What I would like to know is:

-> How do people organize their scrap in a way that makes selection and retrieval easy?
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I am a novice just starting out. I have been using the scrap for test cuts and practice. What I would like to know is:

-> How do people organize their scrap in a way that makes selection and retrieval easy?
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Here's a short video of making that, not that you'd need to see it, but you can see all the real scraps that are no longer here -

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a guitar builder's scraps .....

You have much nicer scraps than a normal everyday woodworker., exotic woods like Rosewood and Bubinga etc. There is more motivation to save those than run of the mill Oak or Maple. I have two systems for storing long narrow scraps, one is a 5 gal bucket, the other is various height cardboard boxes. The boxes maybe 10" X 12" or so, will hold quite a few and wont tip over too easily. Being square rather than round like the buckets, they can be compressed into a smaller footprint. These work for scraps up to around 5 ft long and as short as 16". Storing them vertically and longer ones in the rear makes for quick glance of the entire inventory.
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