I have a bad habit, or maybe it's a good habit, of hoarding lumber and various reclaimed materials. If I catch some good pricing on hardwood lumber, I'll buy more than I have an immediate need for. If I come across some reclaimed wood that I think I might be able to put to good use down the road, I'll drag as much into the shop as I can find a place for.
The same thing applies to the scraps leftover from the bigger projects; any scrap that's bigger than about the palm of my hand, I'll hang on to it. Hardwood scraps come in pretty handy during cutting board season, and the reclaimed stuff I can almost always use in future builds. Every couple years I have to purge the shop of whatever scraps I've hung on to and haven't yet used - the shop is only so big, and when it gets tough to move around...it's time for the dead weight to go - but up until that point, I'll hang on to anything I have room for.
I recently finished a big reclaimed wood cabinet build, which required a lot of lumber. In a lot of cases, at least with the 2x material (which was a legit 2+ inches thick), I had to cut the "skin" off. For example, in order to square up the table top boards I had to first rip each edge - which were pretty rough - on the table saw, cutting off anywhere from 1/8" to 1/2". I'm not sure a whole lot of people would save scraps that were 8' long, 2" wide and 1/4" thick, but I did. There were other components of the project where I had to cut off thin pieces, and making a long story short when it was all said and done, I had quite a big stack of long, skinny, thin slivers of reclaimed wood.
I also had some OSB laying around from a recent contracting project, as well as more reclaimed 3x4s than I know what to do with. Add 'em up - the ultra thin pieces, the OSB and the 3x4s - and what do you get? This:
It's about a 4' x 2'...TBD.
Could be something that gets hung on a wall. Could be a headboard. Could throw a piece of glass over it and use it as a table top. Those decisions...up to the client.
I didn't put a lot (or any) effort into making all the thin strips a uniform thickness; I kind of prefer the texture and variation that comes with the nonuniformity. Plus, if you've ever taken apart or used or dealt with old or reclaimed lumber in any way, whether it's lath, studs, sheathing or anything else, you know that the lumber almost always varies in width, thickness, etc. When dealing with reclaimed wood, I like to stay true to how things were originally. Plus, quite a few of the strips I had were really, really thin - 1/8", 3/16" - and planing down the others to match...well, the idea is to use the scraps, not plane away 85% of the meat and just use what's left.
Anyways...gonna get back after it tomorrow; having spent the past few days cleaning out the shop and reorganizing some of the bigger tools, I ought to be able to operate in there a little more efficiently...which is good, 'cause there's a handful of small projects I need to get knocked out ASAP, and then a couple bigger jobs - reclaimed wood mantels and sliding reclaimed wood doors - I need to prep for, and then later this month I'm going to be teaching a couple cutting board classes...all of which might get a little derailed if I come up with any more scrap wood projects. :)