Last updated on March 6th, 2020 at 09:40 am
Seriously, what did you do with all that scrap wood left after your last DIY woodworking project? Threw them away?
If you answer yes, then I’m afraid you’re missing out and throwing away or burning useful wood you can put to good use.
A good woodworker sees every piece of wood as an opportunity to make something new. Something beautiful.
So, I’m going to encourage you to stop throwing away your scrap woods and start turning them into beautiful woodwork.
Here are 11 clever ways you can turn your scrap wood into beautiful woodworks in your shop.
DIY coat hanger
One piece of scrap wood board will be enough for this. Just attach coat hooks to the scrap wood using a cordless drill and screws to make your coat hanger or rack, which you can then mount on doorway and bedroom walls to hang your coat on.
Wooden door mat made from scrap wood
Make a frame the size of a door mat with any scrap wood you have, and cut inside pieces at angles using a miter saw or circular saw to fit inside the wooden frame.
The assembly can be done with glue and nails. Make sure the inside pieces of the frame are spaced a little to allow dirt and mud scrapings to fall through easily.
Make a hanging shelf
With just a single piece of scrap wood board cut to size and ropes, you can make a hanging shelf unit in your kitchen or laundry room to act as storage for your kitchen or laundry supplies.
Just suspend the scrap with ropes hanging from screw-eye hooks attached to your ceiling, and that’s all there is to it.
Make A Scrap Wood Wall
If you have unused or blank walls in your home or studio, covering it up with scrap wood is a great way turn that unused wall into some form of decoration.
Once you do it, it will serve as a form of attraction to any eye that enters that room. You can even install some ledges on it to display some accent décor pieces you’ve collected like an accent vase and some of your cool toys.
You can also make a wall art like this one I found on Instructables and the one from Crafted Workshop shown in the video below.
Make farm house accents
With a few scrap barn woods, wood glue, a cordless drill and a few screws, you can make a farm house accent piece like this picture frame below.
Dining table for pets
If you don’t have a feeding table for your pet dog or cat, you can make one yourself with the scrap woods left over from your projects.
Just cut two holes using a jigsaw into a board, one each for food and water bowls. Cut table legs to the size of your pet and assemble the whole piece.
Sand and paint it so it’s attractive to you as well your cute little feline or puppy.
Scrap wood wine rack
Want a wine rack to suit your style and wow your guest. With a few scrap wood you can make this beautiful wine rack easily.
Make a wooden sofa sleeve
You can make sleek looking wooden covers and cup holder for your upholstery with a few scrap woods. Cut the scrap wood and assemble them as shown in the picture below so it fits or hugs the arm of your chair or sofa arm.
Using a hole saw drill a hole on the top piece, the size of your favorite cup so it can help as a cup holder as well.
Turn your scrap wood into a toolbox
If you don’t have a toolbox for organizing your tools, why not turn those scrap wood you’ve got into one.
A toolbox does not have to be very beautiful, so just find a way to turn those scrap wood into one toolbox for your tools. Especially your hand tools like chisels, hammer and screw drivers.
With some glue and a brad nailer, you can easily put those scrap wood you’ve got together to form a handy toolbox to store your tools in.
Custom chopping board
If you have some hardwood scraps lying around and you don’t know what to make with them, try making a custom chopping board with them.
Just make sure they’re flat, if not use a jointer if you have one to joint and flatten any warped one. Use a thickness planer to plane them to the same thickness.
Cut them to the size of the chopping board you want and just use a water resistant glue like Titebond II or III to glue them together.
Finally, use a fine grit sandpaper to sand the board to make it silky smooth. Apply an appropriate wood stain and you’ve got yourself a custom chopping board made from hardwood scraps.
Form a garden walkway
You can add or replace an existing walkway in your garden using nothing but scrap wood. Just make sure you dig a level pathway that’s about the same width and depth of the scrap woods and lower the scrap wood into the pathway to form your beautiful garden walkway.