I typically believe that if someone throws something away, they are doing it for a reason. I have heard also that one man's trash is another man's treasure.
I have known that there is a local furniture company about a block away from my house. I have also heard that their cut-offs are available for the taking. This past Sunday I found out what I've been missing, and I can assure you it won't happen again!!
Here is the haul I brought home Sunday
I have already begun using one of those longer strips in the back as a raised bed in my planer so I can make my thin strips used in the celtic knot pens. There are plenty more jigs and projects just waiting to come out of that pile...