Potential Uses Of Scrap Wood


From original questioner:

Saw a video recently, "Brikawood" makes these wood interlocking pieces to build structures. Aside from some of the major beams, seems most the pieces are very small.

I've seen multiple threads on the forum asking for potential uses for scrap wood.

What about something like this?

Any open-minded discussion about it?

Definitely not a solution for everybody, but surely there could be some application that uses scrap wood in a similar manner?

From contributor Pa

I see different ideas for automating speeding up wall building.

Trouble is that that is the least time consuming part of the job.

In that video they had a few guys doing, in 2 days, what two guys could do in a matter of hours using conventional methods.

From contributor Ma

Not to mention wood is a terrible insulator. With all the vertical members in that building youve undone every bit of science with regards to green building and reducing any all unneccsary framing members in trade for insulation.

From contributor Mo

The hollow cavity in the wall could easily be filled with fiberglass or spray foam insulation. I think they omitted that in the demo video to focus on the wood pieces.

From contributor Mo


in regards to the manpower, etc, I think this method is also emphasizing it could be assembled by lower skilled workers. At least all the 'filler' pieces. The main support beams would still need to be assembled with precision and safety.

And the concept may be geared towards a more secondary market than the prime new construction. I could see a lower income, more DIY to safe costs. Not for their 'dream home', but a starter or economy residence.

Just tossing ideas out there. I have plenty of scrap materials (mostly other than wood) and I'm always curious about some ingenious use for them, besides just throwing it away.

From contributor KA

Use leftovers to fabricate components that you'd normally pay for during off-times... you're paying for the labor either way and you already have the materials so rather than having guys waste time on "keep busy work" you can add an income stream... adds more to bottom line... as an example, we use cut-offs to fabricate many of the following for kitchens...

Spice-racks - hang on doors, free-standing and in-drawer
Cutlery dividers
Cutting board/sheet holders
Knife racks
Garbage/Recycle Units
etc... (you get the idea)

But that doesn't work as well during peak season...