As I wait to finish #1 and plan out #2, I was staring at my back and side offcuts and it came to me that I could do this:
... that could make a nice East Indian Rosewood rosette, right? and some matching pieces for the endgraft and heelcap:
And following a tip from Robbie O'brien, the first thing I did with my sides was take a 2cm strip from each, which I recently split into 4 nice Rosewood binding strips. If I had planned better, I probably could have gotten a bookmatched headplate out of those back pieces, too.
I have baggies full of ebony and rosewood dust ready to fill gaps, and I even found it hard to throw away the wood shavings from carving my mahogany neck (I feel bad even thinking about the quantity of exotic wood in my shop vac, though this may be taking it too far...)
I realize this could just be for those of us who are working with either unserviced or scratch builds, but my question would be "what do you all do with your unused wood pieces?" You guys with a few years experience, have you found any other uses you could share with the new guys? Is it just me or does anyone else have a hard time throwing any of this wood away?