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Old 02-01-2011, 12:33 PM   #1
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Ridiculous woodworking question

Any cabinet makers around here? I'm wondering how many of you actually glue up your hardwood scraps that are <1-1/2" to make face frames for paint grade cabinets? I throw away lots of ~1" stock and am thinking that's stoopid, why not do a glue up using 2 pieces of 1" stock and mill to 1-1/2" face frames?

One argument against is the value of my time. But my time is worth zero if I'm not working on a paying job the last 15 minutes of the day so why not turn that time into $$$.

Am I nuts or cheap or both?
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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That doesn't make much sense to me and it'll take more time than you think.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:03 PM   #3
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I would consider face gluing the scraps. About 18" or so, or whatever your planer can handle.

Edge gluing may be problematic to keep things dead flush.

I have never done it tough. Makes good kindling for the smoker or friends fireplaces.
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:36 PM   #4
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Those 3/4" thick pieces are going to be a little on the light side after you send the glue-up through the planer. They'd be okay, but how many paint grade cabinets are hand built these days?

Stained & varnished hardwood cabinets are a lot more common.

If you've got a use for them, go for it.

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Old 02-01-2011, 07:39 PM   #5
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you could trade them to a local woodturner for pen blanks if they are figured .
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:34 PM   #6
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It was a ridiculous question. My folks grew up during the depression....I think their generation invented recycling. Every now and again the gene rears it's head in me and then I do this to bring me back to my senses:
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Old 02-02-2011, 08:19 AM   #7
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I get most of my stock rough cut, so it's a full inch thick. I save the larger scraps for bracing, blocking, etc. Sometimes you need a board just a hair wider, and having those scraps comes in handy. I'll glue it up and run it through the planer to even it out...
When the pile of scraps gets too big, I chop them up and give them away to friends for use in a smoker...
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