Wood waste and scrap wood are things like timber offcuts, wooden crates or pallets, branches, driftwood, tree stumps and broken furniture.
Most woodworkers will have an impressive scrap pile. Throwing away wood feels like such a waste and all those end bits and off cuts are a goldmine of project opportunities. We’re talking end grain coasters, gluing strips of wood together to make a chopping board or clock, storage bins, wall art…the list goes on!
Wood waste being sent to landfill represents a wasted resource and most wood has a long lifespan, which means it can be re-used and upcycled.
The life span of wood products are approximately:
• 90 years, housing construction and furniture.
• 50 years, preservative treated pine, softwood furniture and hardwood poles.
• 30 years, plywood, particleboard and MDF for cabinetry, preservative treated pine for decking and hardwood sleepers.
• 10 years, hardwood pallets and palings, hardboard packaging and particleboard and MDF shop fitting.
• 3 years, softwood pallets, plywood formwork and paper products.