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Mark them clearly
Boards with labels
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Computer-printed labels save
time when marking boards of
the same species. Any sticky
residue will be machined away.

Mark them clearly

After the board sits in your shop for a year, will you remember its species, or be able to tell lumber with provenance (Grandad's walnut) from hardwood-store boards? Mark the boards with chalk or lumber crayons; both sand off easily and don't leave residue behind.

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Comments (6)
datomasso wrote:

Don't forget wood carvers! They are always in need of small pieces to carve.

1/4/2016 10:26:01 AM Report Abuse
reffi wrote:

Don't forget adding hard wood pieces to your charcoal grill to enhance the flavor (especially pizza) of grilled food.

9/20/2015 02:39:58 AM Report Abuse
a2zric wrote:

No such thing! The earth is running out of special lumber. Just because you haven't used it in ONE year you will chuck it? Gads! How many projects do you make in ONE year? Think about that project you had in mind when you saved this piece, maybe that is the one you should do next ..or.. decide you will really doll-up that next project with a little artistic trim and make it really special.

9/3/2015 02:44:46 PM Report Abuse
slmetcalf01yah wrote:

I generally go through my stash of short hardwood boards once a year, just before winter sets in. I take those boards I put away but in reality don't need and turn them into firewood. Yeah, I know, good hardwood wasted, but if I haven't touched or needed them within the last year I really don't need them at all.

9/3/2015 01:14:06 PM Report Abuse wrote:

Great article Tom. I was looking for a special board the other day in my stash, and realized (after not finding it after a long search) that I hadn't reorganized my lumber in almost a year. I spent most of that rest of the day doing just that. (and eventually found the piece I was looking for...ha ha) Thanks

3/12/2015 09:50:58 PM Report Abuse
mappcs2570232 wrote:

As I save more and more cutoffs I start running out of workshop space. I found that I use less than 10% of the scraps I save. I am much happier since I gave all my scraps to my wife to burn in the fireplace and SHE is too. Make sure it is really a keeper before you give up your space.

5/29/2014 09:15:19 PM Report Abuse

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