Scrap strips form a finish line
At the conclusion of nearly every project, I end up with strips of stock ripped from the edges of workpieces. I drive 4d finish nails spaced at 4 to 5" intervals through these scraps, place them points-up on my finishing table, and use them to support a project while I apply finish. For large panels, I'll sometimes tape these strips to the top of a pair of sawhorses as shown in the drawing above.
—Robert Reed, Roaming Shores, Ohio