What off-cuts do you keep?

I’m cleaning up my workshop. It’s better than it was already, and I’m trying to make some rules about what off-cuts to keep. Because I have sooo much that’s probably junk, but I could totally make a drawer pull or handle out of it. Or use it for a small jig, or whatever. And sometimes I do, but mostly it’s just tiny pieces of wood.

I mostly make smaller things, so I do use smaller pieces, but I need to set myself some rules. I’m thinking something like, junk any plywood that’s less than 1 foot square, and any boards that are less than half a boardfoot.

How do you handle this?

Tim, I have collected boxes of expensive wood scraps, and then end up giving them away,to people who make small boxes, Intarsia, turners. The scraps I keep can be glued together to make larger “rainbow” boards to make cutting boards, block planes, trays, just about anything you want. I don’t use much plywood,or particle board, that stuff goes into jigs that are thrown away after use.




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How big a piece is big enough for you to include it in a box of “small scraps?”

Tim, that is the hard part,it gets to the point where you have boxes stacked up and you need the room, so into the garbage they go,even though it is a tough decision. It was not always that way when you could burn in the fireplace.
Herb

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Hah, so even you haven’t really “solved” this problem. :slight_smile: I do have a fireplace for burning cut-offs in, although that’s not really doable in the summer.

I would say that there is no complete solution,as all industries create waste of some kind, and the only way not to create any is to not do any woodworking. Even if some could be reused there is a percentage that is unsuitable. Another way ,I suppose is to put a time limit on any waste,and if it is not used by that time, out it goes.
Herb

There are 3 clubs in the area, 2 turners and 1 scroll saw, that typically use smaller pieces to make things that might want some.

Herb

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I ran across this idea for making small things out of wood. there even seems to be a demand for these too. CLICK HERE:

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Herb

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