Are You a Wood Hoarder?

Poll - March 3, 2013

As 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