Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Central North Carolina
The craft stores sell large packages of popsicle sticks and tongue depressors very reasonably, so why save them.
I do have my wife save the little plastic cups from 1 serving fruit, pudding, and apple sauce for me. These are great for glue, mixing small quantities of paint, etc. We actually seem to buy more of these single serving foods that I can reuse the cups from, so I've been giving some of my woodworking friends quantities of these when my supply seems to be overflowing.
I also keep a box of plastic straws handy in my shop. When I glue something together, I use a straw, pressed into the corner to scrape the still wet, but partially set, excess glue from the corner. As I press the end of the straw into the corner, it forms into the correct angle and works perfectly for this. As I scrape, the glue collects inside the end of the straw. I snip this glue filled part off, and repeat the scrape of the next glue joint. I can usually do an entire project, using just one straw per project. I then usually wipe the joint with a dampened paper towel to clean the wood surfaces of any remaining glue, so my finishing steps won't show glue lines.