I have so much of this stuff that I don't know just what I do have. I don't wood heat. I really need to clean this stuff out but it just seems so wrong to just throw it in the trash. Most of what I have is either pine or plywood.
Full boards have their own rack, 4' and over but not full pieces have a stand up bin. Select small pieces of hardwoods and things that I feel are worth keeping, go in a loose bin. once the bin is full...thats it.
Pine or plywood..I wouldnt even think twice. Get the weenies.
Ya might want to offer up your scraps to someone else. I was burning my scraps...cuz they just pile up. There were burly and curly scraps and I agonized every time I threw them in. On another site I offered them up for free, they pay the shipping and I was overwhelmed with requests from turners who do pens and the like. I have a list now and every time I have a pile I contact the next guy on the list and send 'em out....
I agonize as well over the scraps .. If something looks like it maybe useful I keep it , otherwise the pyromaniac , I mean SWMBO feeds the fireplace .. Eventually , if the maybe useful isnt used , it gets burned up as well ..
I'm the same way. I take pride in bulding several different sized projects out of the same stock and ending up with a pile of scrap that will fit in a tin can. :thumbsup: (Not that I've ever actually accomplished that, but I've come pretty close! )
I compost what I can unless it's from sheet goods or treaded lumber. Even the ill effects of walnut shavings will break down in a compost pile.
Tiny scraps (quarter-size) go in a bucket and are used for kindling.
Business card size scraps and larger go in a copule of milk crates to be used as fodder for plug cutters, cauls, tiny project ideas, etc. The small drawer fronts on a spice rack I built not too long ago was made from this. When it starts getting too full, I think of a small project to build -- like a toy or something. If I can't think of anything to build and it's really cold, then I might burn it -- but I always feel a little sad when I do...
Long, thin pieces go in a long thin container and I often end up using them as decorative inlays (like on the chess board), shims, etc.
Everything else stays on the wood rack.
BTW, it's probalby not a good idea to burn too much plywood, MDF, or treated lumber unless you want some nasty chemicals floating around...
I found a guy to take my scraps, he glues them together and carves big sculptures. He also started taking my sawdust to spread in the woods around his house to keep the weeds down. My trash is his medium!
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