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Offline HowardH

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are you a scrap hoarder?
« on: February 17, 2015, 07:24 PM »
I recently finished up a bunch of cutting boards and decided it was time to clean up the shop a bit.  After putting away various clamps, squares, sanding supplies, glue, you name it, I was forced into making a decision on what to do with the small, and I mean small, left over pieces of maple, Paduak, and walnut.  Most of them were .75 x .75 by 3-4 inches but I couldn't help but to stare at them for awhile trying to decide is it worth it to keep them or pitch them and go buy new material when I next need it.  I ending up saving some, pitching some but I couldn't help to think the scraps I threw out could have been used SOMEWHERE.  Where? I have no idea but I hated the idea of throwing away what could be perfectly good wood until I look in my scrap box and see pieces that have been sitting there for over 5 years, also waiting for just the right project but which has never materialized.  I kept thinking, "am I one of those people on Hoarders ?  Naw, nothing that bad or is it?   [scared] [scared] [scared] [scared]Where do you guys draw the line?  Is it when the wife tells you either clean up or clear out?   [big grin] [big grin]
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Offline #Tee

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2015, 07:35 PM »
ya im with you on the scraps! i feel soo bad throwing them away after thinking "ahh ill use it for some stop blocks or jigs" 6 months later they still sitting around  [embarassed] i even save some melamine ... some pieces are memorable lol. but ya i end up throwing away or burning it.
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Offline shaneymack

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2015, 07:36 PM »
I recently finished up a bunch of cutting boards and decided it was time to clean up the shop a bit.  After putting away various clamps, squares, sanding supplies, glue, you name it, I was forced into making a decision on what to do with the small, and I mean small, left over pieces of maple, Paduak, and walnut.  Most of them were .75 x .75 by 3-4 inches but I couldn't help but to stare at them for awhile trying to decide is it worth it to keep them or pitch them and go buy new material when I next need it.  I ending up saving some, pitching some but I couldn't help to think the scraps I threw out could have been used SOMEWHERE.  Where? I have no idea but I hated the idea of throwing away what could be perfectly good wood until I look in my scrap box and see pieces that have been sitting there for over 5 years, also waiting for just the right project but which has never materialized.  I kept thinking, "am I one of those people on Hoarders ?  Naw, nothing that bad or is it?   [scared] [scared] [scared] [scared]Where do you guys draw the line?  Is it when the wife tells you either clean up or clear out?   [big grin] [big grin]
Best place to use little scraps is the smoker. I keep mine and throw them in my big green egg with a porc shoulder...yummy

Offline Alex

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2015, 07:40 PM »
Yeah, I have this too. I have a very hard problem throwing anything away.

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2015, 08:17 PM »
I store mine in the woodstove. 

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #5 on: February 17, 2015, 08:19 PM »
Some times I make things.


Offline HowardH

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #6 on: February 17, 2015, 08:23 PM »
Best place to use little scraps is the smoker. I keep mine and throw them in my big green egg with a porc shoulder...yummy
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Now that sounds like a great idea!  I just got the XL BGE  (the eggzilla is ridiculous) and I would think maple might be pretty good if you give it a good soaking first.
« Last Edit: February 17, 2015, 08:25 PM by HowardH »
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Offline jacko9

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #7 on: February 17, 2015, 09:03 PM »
I started clearing out 35+ years of scrap and in addition to my smoker some went to a neighbor that teaches art classes to young children and others went into my green waste barrel.

I agonize over each and every piece of rosewood, black walnut, etc. but at some point I need to clear up space. My neighbor suggested that I find out if the local school still has a wood shop (thats on my list for tomorrow after golf).

Jack

Offline NH-Engineering

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #8 on: February 17, 2015, 09:40 PM »
I was a scrap hoarder, but I have turned to be the opposite. I decided to throw away everything that did not belong to a specific project. I also decided to throw a little to much than to little, and than buy again If i needed it. So far after 5 years I have only needed to buy again 2 things that I have thrown away previously. This have had a cost of 30 USD. The benefit is a clean workplace and a clean mind  :)


Offline ElCabong

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2015, 09:54 PM »
What timing! I'm in the process of reorganizing my garage. I've been building many storage cabinets and getting things in order  so I can walk a straight line instead of zig-zagging to get from the garage door to the entry door of my house. During the clean out process, I discovered huge amounts of scrap wood in all different sizes. It's very hard to throw away knowing that "someday" I'll need "that" piece or "that" wood was expensive. I'm almost finished with the garage and after reading several responses I am going to toss them and see what happens. I've decided this will be my intervention. I need a clean garage/workshop. 

Offline Richard/RMW

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #10 on: February 17, 2015, 10:00 PM »
There are RULES in my shop (sarcasm alert) about saving scrap.

Actually there are space constraints in a 120 SF shop. I limit myself to one 8" deep drawer of small pieces and one 5 gallon bucket of tall thin pieces, any sheet goods under ~2 SF are out the door.

I will confess however to having drawers full of bits of hardware that "I will need someday"... drawers and drawers... little pieces of metal... and plastic...

Hey, I can quit anytime I decide too...

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Offline shaneymack

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #11 on: February 17, 2015, 10:19 PM »
Best place to use little scraps is the smoker. I keep mine and throw them in my big green egg with a porc shoulder...yummy

Now that sounds like a great idea!  I just got the XL BGE  (the eggzilla is ridiculous) and I would think maple might be pretty good if you give it a good soaking first.
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If you are using chucks, there is no need to soak. If you are using the store bought chips then they need to be soaked or they burn too quickly. I normally use maple or cherry cause i had a bunch. Its really neat to try different woods and see how it flavors the meat differently.  You have to smoke your turkey.  Best turkey i ever had comes off the egg!!
I have an xl big green egg also. Its amazing.

Offline leer

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #12 on: February 17, 2015, 11:29 PM »
I was a real hoarder.  Finally started using my scraps as kindling for fireplace, and for fire pit in the back yard.
Lee

Offline grbmds

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #13 on: February 17, 2015, 11:52 PM »
I recently finished up a bunch of cutting boards and decided it was time to clean up the shop a bit.  After putting away various clamps, squares, sanding supplies, glue, you name it, I was forced into making a decision on what to do with the small, and I mean small, left over pieces of maple, Paduak, and walnut.  Most of them were .75 x .75 by 3-4 inches but I couldn't help but to stare at them for awhile trying to decide is it worth it to keep them or pitch them and go buy new material when I next need it.  I ending up saving some, pitching some but I couldn't help to think the scraps I threw out could have been used SOMEWHERE.  Where? I have no idea but I hated the idea of throwing away what could be perfectly good wood until I look in my scrap box and see pieces that have been sitting there for over 5 years, also waiting for just the right project but which has never materialized.  I kept thinking, "am I one of those people on Hoarders ?  Naw, nothing that bad or is it?   [scared] [scared] [scared] [scared]Where do you guys draw the line?  Is it when the wife tells you either clean up or clear out?   [big grin] [big grin]

I have kept scraps for years and not used them for anything. I have now come to the conclusion that, if you don't use them within a year (maybe even less), you won't likely ever use them. Best thing is to burn them if you have a wood burning stove or fireplace. If not, then just get rid of them. I just don't have the space anymore and am trying to reduce the size of my wood storage rack to make more floor space.
Randy

Offline Frank Pellow

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #14 on: February 18, 2015, 06:17 AM »
Until very very recently, the scrap wood that I have saved had taken over my woodworking shed.  It was a major problem. 

I do like to recycle and have made good use of many scraps, but I do tend to generate more scraps than I consume.

When I built my (430 sq ft) woodworking shed 11 years ago,  I did design in many storage places but those spaces filled up quickly and became disorganized.

My shed even has a wood stove so that I can and did burn the really small stuff.

But, in spite of all this, the scraps were winning.

At the start of this winter, I decided that I needed to be much more aggressive in my battle, so now I am burning wood that could easily be put to use on other projects.  It really bothers me to do so but I have persisted and I would estimate that about half the scrap clutter that I had in late November is no more.  My objective is to have burned all the unorganized scrap by the end of April.

But, I have another scrap problem and that is scrap glass.  I took up stained glass making as an adjunct to my woodworking about 5 years ago and now I have a great deal of leftovers from that hobby also cluttering up my shed.  I will need to deal with that problem once I have dealt with the wood.
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #15 on: February 18, 2015, 08:41 AM »
Guilty. It's a constant battle...
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Offline teocaf

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #16 on: February 18, 2015, 09:04 AM »
i throw them in a tote under my son's little workbench.  he's at the age where no matter what project he starts, whether a crane or a robot, he always manages to turn it into a gun or a death ray.  when the tote overflows he loves to throw them in the fire pit.
i seem to be a magnet for wood and other materials so i've lost the fear that "better hang on to that, i might need it later".  it took some doing but swimming through a sea of detritus to get to what i needed for a project made me reassess my approach.  two years ago i've adopted a "use it or lose it" policy that applies to materials as well as tools.  if i have not used it in the past year and have no specific plan for it that i actually write down and tape to it, i get rid of it by selling, bartering, throwing away.  as a matter of fact, i'm waiting on the shop to heat up right now so i can go and continue on this year's spring cleaning, which started last weekend. 

Offline JavierMoreno

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2015, 09:05 AM »
My wife steals the junk to make art  [eek]* IMG_0483.JPG (1587.23 kB. 2592x1936 - viewed 266 times.)213857-1
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #18 on: February 18, 2015, 09:08 AM »
This is named "Manhattan":

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #19 on: February 18, 2015, 09:37 AM »
    I don't keep much scrap around, only what I might really use. I don't make cutting boards and the like as any regular thing so I really limit what I keep to usable pieces. I have it sort of methodized. I have x amount of cubic feet dedicated and when that is full it gets weeded down. It just works down in size. I try not to mix the size range in the spaces , that just makes it harder to see what I have available.

    About 16 cf (in four compartments) in the lumber rack for 3' - 4' long pieces.

    About 12 cf under miter saw station for 12" - 24" pieces. 

    A large plastic tub for smaller pieces that I keep. Most of these get used to test set ups (router table) or stain and finish.

    A large plastic tub for scrap that is on it's way to my friends stove.

         When the pieces get small,  I keep nothing that has any type of defect. That really helps weed out the quantity. If any of the scrap storage spaces gets full it gets ruthlessly weeded down. I just have no use to take up space storing the bits for something I will never build.

      Similar space and method for sheet goods.

Seth

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #20 on: February 18, 2015, 09:40 AM »
My wife steals the junk to make art  [eek] (Attachment Link) (Attachment Link)

yeah, the unresolved tension between the trio of orbs brings to mind the current crisis of today's geopolitical situation, contextualizing our human condition...
translation:  i don't know what that art piece is about, but i wanted to be invited to the preview party because i heard you were going to serve some really good wine and cheese...

i don't mean to offend, javier, just having a bit of fun.   i love art and especially modern art but i also like to have fun with it.  i once walked into a gallery in philadelphia and not being too impressed with the art on the walls that consisted of various width black vertical lines on canvas, i exclaimed to the all-black-clad assistant that came to help me that i really liked their scarred and weathered antique wood floor.  i then suggested:  'had they considered putting the floor up on the walls as the art and putting the paintings down as the floor..."  imagine my astonishment when she didn't see things quite in the same way 

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #21 on: February 18, 2015, 10:20 AM »

art as woodworking also serves to amuse  [tongue]
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Offline smorgasbord

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #22 on: September 23, 2022, 09:03 PM »
Yesterday being the first day of Autumn, I decided it was a good day to start my Autumn shop cleaning.

My particular problem is that I have long rip off cuts. I work mostly in solid wood and built the doors, some windows, the hardwood flooring, and all the trim in my house. It's all the same species - Narra. I have some pieces that are over 15' long. Most are over 4' long. My problem is that in the past I have found uses for even narrow pieces - for instance as glass stops in the doors and windows, where a ½" x ½" piece that I cut with a chopped bevel is what my design calls for. And even pieces as short as 6", if they're wide enough, got used as baseboard plinth blocks. Pieces 5/8" x 2" were used for the top of my baseboards. I recently made a support leg for long boards on my workbench and built that from glued-up scrap. Cost me nothing in wood, but took more time than it should have. Heck, I once even made some chopsticks!

I'm lucky that my shop is my garage, which has a carport right next to it, and the carport's attic is open to the garage, so I'm able to store wood in the carport attic with the ends visible from the garage. But I had so many rip off-cuts that they just became a jangle mess. I do have a couple of wall-mounted racks for wood.

I'm trying to come up with a set of rules, but it's hard. For instance:

• Pieces shorter than 6" are kindling.
• Anything else that is 4" or wider is kept. I even have some ⅛" to ¼" thin pieces that I might use as veneers, but those need to be at least 3' long.
• Anything that's ¾" thick or thicker AND 2" wide or wider is kept.
• Otherwise, for boards under 8' long, the cross section needs to be a 1.25 square inches or more. So, a ⅝" thick board that's 3" wide is kept.
• For long boards (8' or longer),  I'm keeping most that are ½" x ½" or more.
• I am keeping some pieces as narrow as ½" x ⅝" for use as replacement window stops. Some of my almost 30 year old insulated windows are starting to fog up and when I replace them it's actually easier to make new stops than to try to reuse the old stops, especially since even the outside are stain grade, not painted.

This may still end up with me keeping too many rip off-cuts. But, the thing I've learned over the decades is that keeping scrap you can't both see and get at easily is the worst thing you can do. Because if you can't easily find and get at the piece you need, you'll never get to them. Having a big box with off-cuts doesn't work since you're not going to go through the box (which typically means dumping the contents to sort and find and then put back in the back) to find a small piece.  At least I've found that I'm not. So as I organize my scrap, it has to be placed such that I can see what they are (I'm labeling the ends for how long they are) and pull them out.

My situation may be unique in that I have primarily worked in one species (although that's starting to change as I build more furniture instead of just attached to house things). I do have some "special" boards that I've accumulated over the years (a 15" wide 12' long curly bubinga board, two 12" wide by 6' long book-matched Cuban mahogany boards from a tree that a hurricane knocked over, etc.), some exotics scraps, and about 150 bf of Cherry, another 125 bf of Canary wood, some curly maple and some bird's eye maple etc. that I'm keeping too, although I might decide to sell the Canary and bird's eye maple soon, but selling wood seems problematic. Thoughts there?


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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #23 on: September 23, 2022, 09:55 PM »
Because I make a lot of smaller laminated stuff I keep pretty much anything bigger than 50mm x 50mm x 5mm. If it's an exotic like pink ivory, ancient redgum, beefwood, etc, I keep every little scrap as some will find their way to be used as square plugs ala Greene and Greene style or pulls, knobs, finials, etc.

I also keep all the thin offcuts from resawing and put them through the drum sander to use as accents in larger glue ups for box panels, etc.

I really struggle to throw anything away as I know it could turn into something else at some point.

Offline Vtshopdog

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #24 on: September 24, 2022, 09:32 AM »
Sliding scale depending on species or material:

Smaller pieces of exotics get saved while pine and Poplar get tossed
2' square of sheetrock goes to trash while 6" square of stranded Bamboo ply gets saved and used for accent somewhere
and so forth.......

I do bundle my small lengths of exotics with shrink wrap by species which keeps things sorted out.  Makes it easy to find all the available Lacewood, Walnut or whatever

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #25 on: September 24, 2022, 12:43 PM »
Seriously, who has time to find a scrap of the desired size and species in the middle of a project with the machine set-up waiting?

I do have a few shelves of scraps, but most often than not, when I need a piece, I find it or cut it among the lumber prepared for the current project and not from the scrap pile. So, from time to time, I "organize" the shelves, seeing about 1/4 of the pile moved to the Compost Bin to make room for "new" scraps! This repeats year after year. Out of sight, out of mind.

Edit: A neighbor's girl, aspiring to be an architect, once in while asks me for wood for her art class. I always give her more than she needs. This is a scrap piece she painted when she was still very young:





« Last Edit: September 24, 2022, 01:50 PM by ChuckS »

Offline smorgasbord

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #26 on: September 24, 2022, 12:55 PM »
Seriously, who has time to find a scrap of the desired size and species in the middle of a project with the machine set-up waiting?... Out of sight, out of mind.

I completely agree! Which is exactly why my rule is that the scrap I do keep has to be visible and marked in such a way that I can quickly see if what I need is available. Since I work primarily in one species (this may change soon), I typically just mark with a sharpie on the ends their length, and then stack them end out. That way I can scan for the approximate thickness/width by eye and confirm that the scrap is long enough. Putting scrap in a box or tucked away out of sight is just a waste all around.

My problem is that I'm a hoarder and in the past have found uses for all sorts of sizes. I totally agree with @luvmytoolz that for exotics it pays to keep almost all scraps for potential accents, but what I'm talking here is for "normal" species. I've found that going through my stock pile of rip cut-offs and sorting by length then width and then thickness and creating a separate pile for pieces I know I'm going to cut to 20" lengths for kindling has been helpful. I then go through the "keep" pile again, marking the ends and placing in storage, sometimes culling out additional boards to be kindling. This is from years of just throwing rip cut offs up above in the carport attic.

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #27 on: September 24, 2022, 01:58 PM »
Snip. all sorts of sizes. Snip.

In deciding what to keep, shape/profile matters too, because it saves time from setting and resetting, for example, the table saw or router bit just to make a piece of the desired angle or profile. This small corner block was cut from a scrap strip, previously beveled for another project:




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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #29 on: September 24, 2022, 06:56 PM »
As a professional woodworker, I have to be ruthless. Anything less than a meter long gets cut up and thrown onto the woodburning stove. Ultimately, all of this timber has been paid for by my customers anyway. Two or three times a year, I'll run out of space in the workshop, cut up all of those 'they'll come in useful one day' +1 meter pieces and they'll all go on the stove, too.....

The only exception is +1-meter offcuts of oak, walnut, wenge, birch, beech and zebrano kitchen countertop. They come in useful for all sorts of oddball stuff.

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #30 on: September 24, 2022, 08:24 PM »
I keep a few 5 gallon buckets of scraps around to entertain the boss. It makes me much happier seeing her building "castles" instead of sitting in front of a screen. [cool]



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Offline smorgasbord

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #31 on: September 24, 2022, 08:28 PM »
So, wouldn't you know it - in organizing my stock on the racks, I noticed that the ends are bored for ½" rods into which I can stick vertical dowels. I live in earthquake country (California), so this is probably a good thing.

Anyway - you've probably guessed by now that I didn't have any ½" dowel rods lying about, so I chucked a ¼" rounder-over bit in the router table and, yup, pulled some ½"-⅝" thick stock out of my about-to-cut-into-kindling pile to use for dowels. So, yeah, sometimes keeping scraps is a good thing....

Offline luvmytoolz

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #32 on: September 24, 2022, 08:33 PM »
As mentioned earlier I use stacks and stacks of small bits of timber, I waste absolutely nothing!

All the stuff 1m and under lives in a long rack in the shed, anything 500mm and under lives in a smaller steel rack, and long lengths get stacked in another shed so I can easily see what I have when looking for something. Every so often I'll go through the piles and machine a bunch to a particular size for a specific bulk project, and thickness sand them so they're ready to go when I get around to the project as can be seen by the batch of strips standing up.

I have to say getting a drum sander has been the best investment of all my tools, it has allowed me to make use of timbers I wouldn't have been able to use without it!

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #33 on: September 24, 2022, 11:01 PM »
Not me...  Well, maybe.

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Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #34 on: September 25, 2022, 11:23 AM »
I generally only save nicer stuff. Walnut, White Oak, and anything that is not common. like the aged barn-wood.
Maple, poplar, etc go through in such quantity, that they aren't worth saving.
I do save off-cuts of things with special angles, or shapes until the job is done and installed, makes it easier to repair. Once it is gone/done, I throw stuff out.
The main thing I had trouble with was keeping jigs. I would make something for a specific job, knowing that it was probably a "one-off", but keep it anyway. After a while I would forget I even had it, or where it was if I did.
The "cure" for that was clearly writing the details on it with a Sharpie marker.  Job number, date and anything special like router bit diameter and bushing size (if there was one)
I just went through a cleaning a couple of weeks ago, because of an open-house. There was more to throw away than I would have thought.
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #35 on: September 25, 2022, 03:43 PM »



These really do have more durable points than Sharpies.

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #36 on: September 25, 2022, 04:11 PM »

He's at the age where no matter what project he starts, whether a crane or a robot, he always manages to turn it into a gun or a death ray. 


@teocaf That made me laugh out loud. Made my day, thanks for that.

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #37 on: September 26, 2022, 08:42 AM »



These really do have more durable points than Sharpies.
Those are the ones I actually use, Sharpie just seemed more of a generic term.
I got a 4 pack at Home Depot last winter some time and I haven't used them all up yet.
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #38 on: September 26, 2022, 08:58 AM »
Dollar stores now offer Sharpie markers in a pack of 6 at unbelievably competitive prices. I'll give them a try after my current stock from Staples (and Amazon?) is used up.

https://toolguyd.com/milwaukee-inkzall-vs-sharpie-markers/

When it comes to shop supplies (pencils, rules, erasers, etc.), I opt for quantity so I can have them all over the place, and have one ready when I need one without having to walk across the shop to get it!

I never mark my lumber or scraps with a felt pen on their ends, a PITA to remove like the barcode tag staples. Sharpie markers (ultrafine) are used mostly to sign a work or label a shop-made jig.

« Last Edit: September 26, 2022, 09:46 AM by ChuckS »

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #39 on: September 26, 2022, 10:23 AM »
I have to mark everything, somewhere visible, with the job name and ID number, so I use them a lot. Generally, it goes somewhere that will be covered up when re-assembled, but needs to be seen.
I always put it inside too, behind an access panel, along with my initials and the date.
Once in a while there is no good place that it is easy to remove or cover, blue tape comes to the rescue there.
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Offline HowardH

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #40 on: September 26, 2022, 10:36 AM »
Not me...  Well, maybe.

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ha ha!  You guys make my little bits of scrap look like a non-event!  Once I get a new shop built next year, I'll have about 8 - 10' wall space dedicated for lumber. 
Howard H
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Mark Twain:  "I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a letter approving of it." "If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything."

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #41 on: September 26, 2022, 11:36 AM »
Snip., along with my initials and the date.
Snip.

This is my go-to pen for signature & date, about $8 Cdn a pack from Staples. It's great on plastic surfaces (gift card balance), too.


Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #42 on: September 28, 2022, 06:58 PM »
IIRC, that pack of Milwaukee markers had 4 in it, for about $6? Though I do like the idea of retractable.
Adding the initials goes back to the days when I first started in the assembly area. It was more about which machine it was made on, rather than "who" did it. That way, if we ever had a squareness issue, we would know where it came from, since there were 2 large presses. Even a tiny amount can be exaggerated over long runs of upper cabinets, especially with frameless.
I just got into the habit of putting the date with it too.
It's kind of cool to find that on the back or inside of things when they get removed due to damage repair or for an up-date/remodel. In the commercial arena, this happens more frequently than you would think. Wings get remodeled or added to and once in a while there is water damage to a sinkbase and they get replaced. I have seen things taken out in as little as a year, and others well over 10 years, with my scrawl on the back.
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #43 on: September 28, 2022, 07:17 PM »
Almost from day 1 when I took up woodworking as a hobby, I've had the habit of signing and dating all my major pieces, and often jigs too. I know a couple of fellow woodworkers who also put lumber and finish info. on their pieces.

These stools might've fetched a higher quote if Tage Frid had signed them:


https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/season/22/newport-ri/appraisals/1979-tage-frid-stools--201706T19/



Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #44 on: September 29, 2022, 02:34 PM »
Well, if I ever become famous, it will be there.  [big grin]
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RO90
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Re: are you a scrap hoarder?
« Reply #45 on: October 02, 2022, 04:38 PM »
Just remembered these pens that I use when fade-resistant quality is desired:

« Last Edit: October 02, 2022, 06:00 PM by ChuckS »