At some point every active wood shop begins to fill up with tiny pieces of wood that are too small to be used for most projects but too big to throw away. A sensible storage system for small pieces of scrap wood can help prevent your wood shop from becoming submerged beneath all your scrap bits and pieces.
Vertical Storage Rack
Unlike full sized lumber, small pieces of wood can be stored standing on end. This makes it possible to store them in a rack that takes up little room in your shop. A rack can be built against the wall of a shop, preferably in a corner and out of the way. The rack can be separated into sections for different lengths of wood. When you need a piece of wood of a particular length, you can access it easily.
A storage system that moves can help solve space limitations in your wood shop. A cart on heavy duty casters can be stacked with pieces of scrap wood and rolled out of the way. This cart can take the form of a large open-topped box into which bits are tossed, or a more organized rack system with different areas for different sizes of wood.
An overhead rack isn't very practical for small bits and pieces, but works very well for long strips of scrap wood that accumulate from ripping boards. Secure a series of L shaped brackets along one wall, about a foot below the ceiling, to create a convenient place to stack these strips until they are needed.
If you have plentiful space but not a lot of time to waste stacking wood neatly, a junk room is a good solution to your scrap wood storage problem. A small outbuilding or unheated shed are perfect. You can simply open the door to your junk room and toss the scraps inside, or you can build shelves and bins for a more organized scrap wood warehouse.
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