Cooking Up Ideas with Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused Scrap Hardwoods

Unused scrap hardwoods are in abundance.  It is up to each of us to save it and rebuild it into something else other than what it was originally made for.  Think about it.  The real estate market is up so therefore tons of real estate is being sold daily.   People who have just bought their homes want to renovate to have the property suited to their needs.  Carpenters, cabinet makers, contractors, hardwood flooring installers and so on are building new stuff to accommodate the renovation hence scrap woods … all unused.  What do they do with these?  Well, it is thrown away or use for kindling.  Yup.  You heard that right.  They can’t reuse it again as it won’t match any current projects they are working on.  You see, all woods have grains that grow differently in each batch.  You should use the same batch of wood from the same tree in order for any project to match.  Different grains are noticeable to a large project.  But when you are repurposing it for better use, that’s when the fun begins!

Here are some ideas on repurposing and upcycling (a term used when taking unused pieces or scraps and turning it into something fabulous).

Repurpose and Upcycle Cutting Boards

Repurpose and Upcycle Cutting Boards

  1. Hardwood cutting boards – YES!  When you take different grains and different hardwoods really brings out the beauty and art of each board.  Then of course, the natural colors of the woods just brings in a “WOW” factor.  Don’t believe me?  Check it out => Mac Cutting Boards.
  2. Wooden picture frames – for all the reasons I’ve mentioned above, each picture frame will not only be unique but absolutely stunning!
  3. Furniture like an end table, book shelf, storage shelf and a table.  The possibilities are endless.  Again, the different grains will only bring out the furniture as one amazing, one-of-a-kind art piece that is functional.  Check out => Pretty in Paint Blog.

Keep in mind that repurposing wood is only limited to your mind’s vision.  Nature created amazing different types of woods – hardwoods and softwoods.  Each has it’s own uses and benefits.  For instance, hardwoods are great if you are making a cutting board or pieces of furniture.  Hardwoods are heavy and dense.  Perfect for a solid projects that requires strength and sturdiness.  Softwoods should be used if making a wooden picture frame.  Softwoods are generally lighter in weight.  Perfect for hanging a wooden picture frame.

Pick a project and have fun repurposing!

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