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tually. Or you could make sets of rectangular building blocks.

You could glue up carving blocks such as those used for decoys. If you don't feel like getting into carving yourself. you can sell the blocks to the nearest art supply store.

A computer-printed label and a professional-looking package will aid sales and give the product respectability. Mesquite scrap for barbecues sells rapidly around here, partly because it's packaged in a neat, attractive bag. Your hickory chunks (or apple, alder or whatever other wood will make fla-vorsome smoke) could sell in a similar fashion.

Even if you personally don't want to sell the work, you can give it to a church fair or other charitable event and earn an income tax deduction.

(»ctting down to the ultimate scrap, planer and jointer shavings make good animal bedding, with the notable exception of toxic woods such as walnut and a lot of exotics. And sawdust can make mulch, or be bagged as aromatic sachets.

Or forget profit and just build good will. I heard of one guy who gave his friends toilet seats, presumably made from mitered scraps assembled into a ring. He could safely say his friends thought of him regularly.

Whatever vou decide, the main trick is to make scrap management as routine as machine maintenance or sweeping the tloor. Good habits make the rest of life more enjoyable—that's whv we bother with them. ▲

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Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

Woodworking Tools and Installation Tips

There are a lot of things that either needs to be repaired, or put together when youre a homeowner. If youre a new homeowner, and have just gotten out of apartment style living, you might want to take this list with you to the hardware store. From remolding jobs to putting together furniture you can use these 5 power tools to get your stuff together. Dont forget too that youll need a few extra tools for other jobs around the house.

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