A New Use for Scrap Cutoffs?

It’s common among woodworkers to feel some reluctance at throwing scraps away (I could make something out of that!), but if you share a shop with your spouse, it gets doubly difficult. Carole Rothman, who built the Holiday Gift Box featured in the December 2013 issue of Woodworker’s Journal, as well as the Cherry Jewelry Box from June 2013, recently shared on her blog, Scroll Saw Bowls, what her husband Joe made from some of her bowl cutoffs:




Anybody else with a great use for cutoffs?

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  • Cliff Sharp

    I didn’t think for a moment that I was alone with that sentiment. Can’t seem to throw away or pass up good lumber. I usually find a use for all of it.

  • Darrell reed

    I use my wood scraps to turn bowls,but it’s a work in progress as I’m new to woodworking as of 2011 @ 65yrs.
    My first project was 23′ of solid walnut kitchen cabinets,my second was a solid walnut kitchen island,I turned all the legs by sight(not recommended).
    My third project was a solid walnut china hutch and I know this all sounds exaggerated,but it’s all true and I had no plans or prints to go by.MY photo’s are on facebook and 3rd Revolution on facebook.
    All the walnut is 1″ very rough sawn from an amish wood dealer 1200 bd ft of for 40 cents per bd ft in southern Iowa,and I made every board plained to 3/4″.

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    • Joanna Takes

      Yes, please do.

      Joanna Takes, Woodworker’s Journal

  • Rich

    After I finished doing some remodeling work, I had 2 X 4 and 2 X 6 and engineer joist remnants. I built a shelf in my garage for lumber and metal and a place to hang my pipe clamps. Now I have a place to store all those wood scraps.

  • Andrew

    I never throw remnants out because guaranteed when I am working on a project I will need a particular small piece of timber and BINGO always find it in my wood scrap pile.
    As the saying goes ‘ Waste not want not’..

  • Woodwork Buddy

    Nice idea.. Looking rough, but sure beats my growing pile of remnants on any given day. It is just like Andrew said.. When in need, pile is always there to save me! 🙂

  • Neil

    I never throw scrap away. It must be really bad to hit the fireplace. I needed a paper towel holder for the garage and the material I needed was in the scrap pile. It seems I always have a need for scrap.

  • ScarletPimpernil

    My tag line: Scraps are a myth.