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Old 05-07-2017, 11:49 AM   #1
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I'm sure this is something every woodworker -- probably every DIY'er -- has to deal with...

I'm a bit of a packrat, hate to throw away even a small piece of good wood, especially hardwoods or exotics. Consequently, my shop eventually hosts piles of wood scraps in every corner. And eventually, I get frustrated and do a shop purge -- clean out and throw away all of it, even that scrap of walnut leftover from my daughter's paper-towel rack.

Is there any better way than to just acknowledge that I probably really will not ever have a use for those scraps and to toss them at the completion of a project?
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I just can't toss it until it gets down to about a cubic inch then it goes to the kindling box for the wood stove.

Something may need to be shimmed or someone may need a wooden Scotch Tape dispenser that PaPa's hands touched.

And that about sums up my management technique.

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I have several old chest freezer units sitting in the "South forty",

With small possibilities inside them.

The freezer was decommissioned by a repairman buddy, that then needed a way to dispose of the box.

Since it is weather tight, airtight, and climate controlled by it's sealing.

It makes a great storage unit for wood cutoffs, that might be used for a later project.

I have more than two of them out there and go rummaging through them looking for a piece of wood to make something with.
So I imagine that many others do the same type of thing.

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I used to keep 2x cutoffs until I realized that a full length brand new one was only a couple bucks. Burn 'em or give them to another pack rat.
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A couple of $ = a trip to the lumber yard.

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I'm sure you're not the Lone Ranger....

You're never going to need/use that wood.... untill you toss it out.

(I recently bought a retirement home.... and I'm constantly missing what I don't have here.)
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