Poll: Are You a Wood Hoarder?

veneer-classAs much as we strive to include the best joints and techniques when creating our works, most of it goes unseen. The real focus of our finished pieces, most times, is the wood itself. As woodworkers, we know this, and that’s why we never turn down a good board. Any chance we have to stock up, we take. The problem is, wood consumes a lot of space. So much, in fact, that some long-time pros need to build dedicated buildings to house their rare, highly figured, and exotic stock. Pictured left is my first reaction to David Marks’ wood stash back in 2007.

My personal wood stash primarily consists of project left-overs. I don’t have a huge amount of material simply because I like to run fairly lean. While it’s nice to have a lot of wood, I need to be able to get to it in order to use it. So if the boards are on the bottom of a large pile, I don’t enjoy having to get up on a ladder to move things around. So while I have the propensity to hoard wood as much as the next woodworker, I try to keep it under control.


This poll was created by Tom Iovino of TomsWorkbench.com.

Category: Poll of the Week


  1. I hope to become a better hoarder. I’ve already talked my wife into a shed of the shop.

    • Colleen March 14, 2013

      That’s awesome Vic, if your wife moves to the shed off the shop you can take over the house with your woodworking stuff!! LOL! I had fun trying to convince my husband that we needed a three car garage when we hardly park a car in there…I’m getting a great collection of turning blanks. I’ve yet to convince him to move out of the house though! grin

  2. Sean Walker March 3, 2013

    A couple of impulse buys that I shouldn’t have. I have about 60 board feet too much of hackberry that I found out that i don’t like the hard way.

  3. Jose Varela March 3, 2013

    If it could I like to have, a small store with variety of wood, a small stok but unfortunately I do not have the space and you prop not estan the times to spend happy like long ago.

  4. Johan March 3, 2013

    I can’t leave a Bubinga board alone……. I just cannot!!!!

  5. JerrySats March 3, 2013

    I’m a curly maple hoarder , I just love the stuff .

  6. Matt March 3, 2013

    Found too many deals on craigslist… Free pecan slabs, air dried over 10 years… Costa Rican plantation teak for $6-7 per board foot. Old oak boards from a barn… It all is sitting in my garage, and I have no idea what I will build with it.

  7. When I was young by dad had hordes of wood. We would move to a new home every year and so would the wood. After 10 years of not using it he gave it away.
    So I don’t hoard wood. Tool that’s another story

  8. Ron March 3, 2013

    Don’t have the luxury of space that would allow for a ton of wood left overs. Don’t have the money either.

  9. John Callaway March 3, 2013

    anytime I buy wood for a project I always browse around the lumber dealer and see if I see something that I just can’t leave….Now, it hasnt turned into a unmanageable collection, but I may have 15 to 20 boards that just really nice…. with no project in store for them.

  10. Mark March 3, 2013

    I bought 1200 bd ft of 4/4 White Ash at a auction for less than 70 cents a foot this past year. Have yet to use any of it.

  11. Alan Bienlein March 3, 2013

    I checked that I could build a couple projects with what I have on hand. Now if you were to ask the same question about veneer that’s a different story. I have enough to last at least a lifetime. The deal was just too good to pass up!

  12. Chuck Mielkie March 3, 2013

    I fall under multiple categories. I purchase lumber for a certain project, but always over-buy by about 20% to ensure I have enough. I usually have enough afterwards to make multiple other smaller projects with the larger pieces. I also save some of the smaller and nice scrap for accent woods in projects.

  13. David March 3, 2013

    My nearest hardwood supplier is 70 miles away, and the selection is thin, so I have to buy my wood online. I keep enough wood for at least six months and recently took advantage of a free shipping coupon.

  14. Robert J March 3, 2013

    I’m a woodturner, and as such I’m a true woodhound. Turners never say no to burls, highly figured, spalted or especially FREE wood. I just moved a year ago. I took less then a day to move the household and a week to pack and move a garage of mostly wood. I’m still sorting thru all the prized chunks of future projects I will someday never get too.

  15. rt March 4, 2013

    Living above the 45th parallel,”you can”t see the forest for the trees.” there is always a log to be had. most of the 2nd level of a 24 x 32 foot hip roof shop is wood storage.

  16. Matt Cremona March 4, 2013

    I buy my lumber directly for sawyers and dry it myself. On average I have about 500bf on hand. Whenever I start a new project, I get to go digging through my stacks of dry lumber to find exactly what I need.

  17. John Shaffner March 4, 2013

    I have about 2500 bf of various species “set aside” for those special projects. The hard part is that I received my stash from a close friend who passed away a couple years ago. It was his stash that he and I milled from logs on his WoodMizer. Somehow, I just can’t bring myself to cut it up, gonna have to before it goes bad.

  18. Varangian March 5, 2013

    I recently moved halfway cross country (Maryland to Missouri), I had a long painful afternoon of deciding how much of my stash was going to be moved and how much was being relegated to my brother’s fireplace.
    Exotics were kept (even stuff no larger than pen blanks). Anything W/Oak, Cherry, or Ash that was longer than two feet went into the moving trailer. A “prized” 22-in wide, 10-foot long red oak board was definitely a keeper, even though most of my remaining Red Oak went off to be burned with quite a bit of poplar and pine/fir. What really hurt at the end of all this was leaving behind a couple hundred board feet of walnut, maple, mulberry, and holly that was still stacked as logs. I hadn’t gotten the chance to even split them down…

  19. John March 6, 2013

    Problem I have found in hording too much wood. I will think I have enough to do the next project, then during layout i find i dont have enough and then I cant get any new stock to match the old stock.

  20. Doug Connery March 8, 2013

    I live in rural Upstate NY and I have gotten to know to many loggers, sawmill owners, and hardwood wholesalers. So with that said at last count I was up to 11,000 bdft. with a mix of Walnut, Butternut, Maple, Cherry, Sycamore, Red and White Oak, Poplar, and I just latched onto a big 800 bdft. stash of Brazilian Mahogany! People ask me if I will ever be able to use it all before I die, and I tell them that I am going to die trying.

  21. Scott S March 10, 2013

    I have mainly scrap wood, but I could likely make a couple of small pine boxes with the scarps I have. My scrap wood is mainly pine and some small select pieces of red oak. It’s moved across the country from Florida to Washington State with me. It’s not much, but it’s not worth giving up!

  22. I like taking wood from trees that I have had to cut down for one reason or another and save for a “one day” project. Some I keep just because the color and grain are so striking.

    I am really waiting for the nextdoor neighbors to have to cut down the eucalyptus tree. Only bad part is that I do not have a sawmill. This is a 50+ old tree and is super huge and is causing foundation issues as well as having caused on going plumbing issues.

  23. Doug Helliesen March 17, 2013

    I have had a small bandmill for 20+ years and cannot get rid of my tropical hardwoods fast enough to keep up with incoming. I think I will have to get rid of mill so I cannot process any more of these beautiful trees.

  24. MikeZ1967 March 20, 2013

    I’ve got about a thousand board feet made up of various types. At the moment most of it is maple (hard and soft) and curly cherry. I’ve got a small amount of figured Claro Walnut and figured quarter sawn white oak. Yes, I hoard wood. I go out of my way to salvage and use even the most twisted or knot ridden boards so I don’t have to cut into the really nice boards.


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