Woodworking Tips Cards – Save Your Scraps

These woodworking tips for beginners are all about saving your scraps. There are many benefits to saving your scraps. As a new woodworker, separating and saving any usable wood that is left over after a project will benefit you down the road. Here is how.

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Save Your Scraps New Woodworkers!

woodworking tips cards save your scrapsAny time you can make a project using scraps, you essentially used free wood. The more usable stock you can save, the more projects you can do for the same cost.

I don’t mean that you need to save everything down to the sawdust. However, you should be saving at least anything the size of your palm or larger.

Create a few areas in the shop that you will store all of these scraps. Make one for larger pieces, one for mediums, and one for smaller chunks. A 5 gallon bucket can be useful for the smaller pieces.

Now that you are saving scraps, you are going to eventually develop a large volume of wood. It takes time to gather all the wood you need for your projects. Saving scraps like this will help you have more wood on hand. I

t is a pain to run to the wood store for a small piece of wood. By saving your scraps, you will have less emergency trips like this.

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Hidden Benefits of Saving Scraps

Another thing that you can do with your scraps is supplement your business. Many woodworkers have a side project that they sell. The smartest and most industrious of them use their scraps to make it.

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Cutting boards, and other small crafts can be made with scraps. If you turn around and sell them or give them as gifts, you are essentially working with a free inventory. Yes, it does take your time. However, making things in the shop is fun, so it won’t hurt as much.

I made this Candle Tray from scraps and it came out really nice. Take a look.

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