@Lataxe deserves credit for this one, so I’m quoting him:
“When I am Supremo, anyone found gabbling into a prattle box whilst ignoring those around them, or failing to cycle at least 27 miles a day in a considerate manner, will be sent to the landfills to dig out all that valuable stuff they threw out 20 years ago. Why waste good human labour by sending them to the despatching-wall, eh?”
I think I will have to find a shovel…
I would love to make my workshop a zero waste space, and am interested in ideas you might have or have used yourselves to increase sustainability, whilst avoiding spousal accusations of ‘hoarding’ wood.
So far I have come up with:
Composting sawdust – I separate treated and untreated wood waste, cleaning the shop between changes of material so that I can compost the better stuff after it has been used for chicken bedding.
Wood turning – you can make lots of things out of small pieces.
Burning – really doesn’t count but I think it is better to burn pieces to thin to turn rather than setting them in plastic to turn them – you just make plastic waste that way.
Using only recycled rags (hardly dramatic)
LED lighting to reduce power use.
Also, what do you think is an acceptable level of wastage? In my shop, I try really hard to buy only just the right amount of lumber and will incorporate imperfections, but this is not a option I think for some finer woodworkers – What sort of scrap percentage do you feel is reasonable (Sawdust excluded…)
Just for fun, here is a pic of a scrap project – this is a small unicorn made from a piece of ash left over from another project. About 20mm thick. It’s having ‘hooves’ added after the fact as the Artistic Director thought it needed walnut hooves and muzzle, so the poor thing is strapped to the table saw and about to meet it’s fate.