Dowel recycling

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Blog entry by BoxBuilder posted 07-08-2011 08:03 PM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I live in an area where there is an A.C.Moore arts & crafts store. Frequently they will have a sale on small foam brushes (usually 20 for $1.00). I buy these primarily as one use brushes for staining small items. Use & toss.
Then I realized that by taking pliers I could separate the used foam from the wood handle and “voila!” – I had a short dowel I could use in wood joining. We get too soon old & too late smart.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#1 posted 07-08-2011 08:58 PM

Love to hear any story of reuse/recycle I.E. saving cash.
I am huge on finding a new use for something and am always picking up a piece of this or that (like the box of six pieces of beach glass that are going to be something… one day) and holding onto it.
However, this can lead to stacks of storage containers in the garage.

About twice a year, I force myself to go through things and play the “Ten Second” game. That is where you pick up something out of the box/container and, while holding it, have to say what you are going to use it for.
It might be for a windchime, birdhouse, box ornamentation, wall or garden art, whatever. Once you do that, you have to put that piece/object into the correct bin for that project. If nothing comes in ten seconds, it must go into recycling.

I know… “Wiggy’s a freak”. Please do not think you are the first to say that.
Using this process cleans out the ‘one day I’m gonna use that for something’ excuse. Use it or lose it. Also, this process has come in handy (more than once) for pulling a squeaker out of Madame Muse to inspire a complete new thought/creative process.
Kudos for your idea.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#2 posted 07-08-2011 09:10 PM

I love your Ten Second game, Wiggy. I’m afraid to use it on my quilting room – I have three boxes of “someday” fabric in there.

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#3 posted 07-08-2011 09:12 PM

Sounds to me like you have seen my workshop. Wife says I’m a pack rat & to some extent she is correct. But I tread softly since I have had the experience of throwing things out that I really could have used a day or 2 later. But.. there is great merit in your comment & I have started being more touch minded about clean up & toss. But for now, I will keep the short dowels. Thanks for the response. It reminds me that there really are people out there.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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#4 posted 07-08-2011 09:14 PM

Elizabeth, That sounds like my wife. But she has completed about 15 quilts including 2 double wedding ring singles for the grandchildren.

-- Richard, Pennsylvania

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