SeekingOut SCRAPS

Have you ever been in the middle of a woodworking project and fallen just one piece short? Or been making roof repairs during a break in a storm, but then discover there’s not a single piece to fit the space you’re covering? What do you do? Both of these things have happened to me. Luckily, I have a pile of scrap wood, and I was able to find what I needed when I needed it.

My parents grew up during the Great Depression. Long before recycling became a catchphrase, they learned to make do on less, wasting nothing, and reusing whatever they could. When I was growing up, my parents saved everything. While my dad was by no means a woodworker, we had coffee cans filled with nuts, bolts, screws, and nails lining the shelves in our garage, as well as lumber of all sizes on hand. This mindset is what I grew up with, and it’s one I still live by to this day.

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