My latest trip to Home Depot was AWESOME! I went looking for (cull bin) 1 x 4s, but found something else as well!
Oh yeah, baby…I only paid for the two pieces with green paint, so for all of this, I paid$1.02 (plus tax). I found the 1x4s in the bottom of an empty garbage can, next to the cut station, and since everything under 12” is free, I rescued them. They are perfect (11 1/2”), I’m not sure why they threw them out, but I’m happy they did. Then, as I was walking away, I saw this huge pile of 6 x 6 (actually 5 1/2 x 5 1/2) scraps…another customer must have had a ton of wood cut up, and didn’t want these scraps. I couldn’t believe how many there were, and even though I know the 12” rule, I felt guilty about this pile, so I went to the lumber customer service area and asked if I could have them (pretty please), just to be sure. The nice lady said ‘absolutely’, so I ran back to my pile and had my helper scavenge (from under the table saw) all this woody goodness. There are 29 squares. I left about 10 there, just in case some other crafty person would happen along. I know, I know, I could’ve left more, but with the craft show coming up, I just saved a TON of money! OK, as if that didn’t make my day (or week), that little ole 1 x 3 (on the left) was in the cull bin, but not marked…the cashier gave it to me for FREE. So nice! Now I have no excuse for sitting around…I have a bunch of projects just waiting for me! I love you, Home Depot.