Board hoarders unite!
Know when to let go
Just because you find an offcut too small to use doesn't mean another woodworker wouldn't love it. For example, woodworkers who turn projects like pens or bottle stoppers will snap up those discards eagerly. Or check with a school or scout troop to see if they can salvage your scraps.
What about those pieces too small to use in projects? Try your hand at smoking meat and fish. Cherry, pecan, and maple impart a light, sweet taste to poultry and fish; oak, mesquite, and hickory work great for ribs and other red meat. Maybe your woodworking will improve your culinary skills!
It may seem overwhelming to keep track of your lovingly selected hardwoods, but you'll always be pleased when you find the perfect piece for that special project.
-- The Shop Monkey (aka Tom Iovino of Tampa, Fla.) blogs prolifically at woodmagazine.com/shopmonkey.
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