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Finding the best exotic wood scraps for sale can be a challenge. Due to some stores coveting every ounce and driving the price up finding a reasonable high quality assortment is hard.
Exotic Wood Scraps For Sale
Purchasing Considerations for Exotic Wood Scraps
To help your search for exotic wood scraps for sale there are a few other considerations you should make.
Exotic Wood Conservation
While exotic wood scraps are by definition a great way to maximize every inch of the board, it’s worth keeping conservation in mind.
And the best way to support that is by purchasing your scraps from reputable wood dealers. For example, the following all use sustainable practices:
Wonder if it’s every enforced? Well, you’ve probably heard of Lumber Liquidators. In 2015 they paid $13M in fines for importing hardwood from China that was sourced from eastern Russia in the habitat of the last remaining Siberian tigers.
Good reason to purchase your lumber from a trusted source, huh?
Check reviews before you buy
The great thing about sources like Amazon is the reviews keep the suppliers honest and producing a quality product. Or it should.
And remember, check your expectations when you’re purchasing a uniquely “variable” item. Due to the nature of scrap wood there are very few purchases where you’re taking a bit of a roll of the dice:
- Did a piece of wood arrive in a box that was split? Well, it could have been into two smaller pieces.
- Didn’t get a larger 2×2″ block? Maybe that days scraps didn’t deal in 8/4 lumber.
- Wanted a different species or specific species? Well, consider buying a smaller board of what you wanted instead.
In many ways an exotic wood scrap box is a little like a gift box. Besides, you might get more than you hoped for.
Buying a surprise vs. buying a species
Unless you head to a local hardwood supplier the odds of buying a scrap box with your species are, as we’ve touched on, maybe 50/50.
And as you consider purchasing a specific piece from a local supplier remember they likely have it bar-coded and tagged with a price that might just surprise you. Because these retailers know a small scrap can be cut into say six pens they are going to prevent a low priced scrap bin from ruining their margins on other wood products.
Heck, I’ve done this myself when I’ve seen $1 a stick hardwoods go on sale. I bought the bin and saved a ton versus even traditional US-based hardwoods. But I didn’t see them do that again.
Frequently Asked Questions for Exotic Wood Scraps
What are some exotic woods?
Five of the most popular exotic woods are Mahogany, Canary Wood, Jarrah, Bamboo and Ebony. And the list continues from there with fancy colored wood like Purple Heart, dense Ipe used for exterior walk ways, and even Cucumbertree.
Is bamboo an exotic hardwood?
Yes. And due to it’s extremely fast growth it’s a sustainable alternative to slow maturing woods like Ebony.
Why are some exotic scraps sold by the pound?
With every other wood purchase sold by the linear board foot or board foot what’s special about the scraps? First, consider that scraps are exactly that. With no two pieces the same size it’s a math mensa puzzle to piece together a box that’s say exactly 5 board feet. And second, time is money. Consider how easy it is to put a box on a scale next to a scrap pile of exotic wood and fill the box with an experts judgement of a fair deal.
What can I make from exotic hardwood scraps?
If you’re looking to buy exotic hardwood scraps then chances are you have one project in mind. But, when that box of scraps arrives you’ll likely wonder what else you can do with them?
Here’s a list of popular exotic wood projects:
- Make new file handles for your tools
- Wooden coasters with waterproof finishes
- Cutting board
- Inlays in larger projects such as jewelry boxes
What's the best way to cut exotic wood scraps?
Now this is one of the tricky parts of dealing with scraps. Because of their size you aren’t going to tackle cutting them with a table saw or miter saw.
Here’s a few possible tools to consider:
- A bandsaw can split smaller pieces with greater control
- Scroll saw
- Oscillating multi-tool for making small cutoffs
- Japanese saw (my favorite)
With safety first it’s up to you on the size of piece and the saw in question
Summary - Exotic Hardwood Scraps for Sale
So now you know where I would look first for scraps, and with the guide to local hardwood you’ll be able to find suppliers in your area. Finally, my last trick is to look up a local woodworkers guild as they are (literally) masters at wood purchasing. And link to local exotic wood suppliers on their websites.