So as part of the cleanup in the shop – yep finally back to that – that I started a while back, I’ve been pulling out a lot of wood that I’ve held onto for a while. When I start with a nice board, and cut it down for the project, I’m loath to get rid of the off cut. And those tend to pile up over time. And if you pay attention to the calendar, it does not take long at all to get a big pile. Anyways, I’ve got a plastic 30 gal can that I use for wood off cuts that I will eventually get rid of. However it really holds small stuff, not longer stuff – and that’s where the latest cleanup decision has had to be.
I’ve got several pieces of wood that are between 1-3 feet long, and may be up to a foot wide. Some are warped, some have knots or branch joints. Since most of my working wood is from logs I’ve had milled up out of cherry, the joints in the wood doesn’t really seal up. So I have not only a stack (pile?) of wood off cuts but a stack with lots of places to collect dust, bugs, etc. and have to finally go through and decide what to do. The first part will be to sort between “it can be cleaned up a bit” and “it’s just not worth it” and send the it’s not worth it to the burn barrel. The clean up stuff I will square and flatten then, then offer them up in the local wood store for free. While I tell myself that the wood turners that do pens will love it, the reality is that the wood is plain grained cherry. It’s pretty, but it’s not decorative, so it will be interesting to see what happens there. At a minimum I’ll have some more stuff to use for demoing sharpened tools upon.
And since I’ve gone ahead an added the Festool tables from last spring to the shop area, extra floor space is really a big need ;).
I expect to spend this evening sweating through all this, and then relaxing out back near my 55gal steel fire place. Stars should be out, moon is just past blue moon full, and it shouldn’t be too hot tonight near a fire. Right?