It is inevitable being a woodworker, you will grow a pile of scraps. With the cost of wood these days, many woodworkers, myself included, hold on to these pieces as if they are gold, hoarding them away under the workbench or in the dark corners of the shop.
So what can you do to minimize the waste? Before each project, I sit down, take a few minutes, and carefully plan a cut list to minimize waste. Then I sort anything still of any size by species and stack it under my workbench for later use.
But what about those tiny pieces, especially those from that expensive rare exotic wood?
For those, I toss them in a bucket and save them up until I have some spare time to turn them into something. I often glue them together and put them on the lathe using a technique called segmented woodturning. The process is essentially gluing wood segments together and turning them into something on the lathe.
Since it is close to Christmas time, I thought I would make some wooden ornaments.