I have just endured a couple long days at a retail remodel job I’m working on. I’ll spare the details, save this:
These were part of display tables which had been discarded after the store had received new fixtures. The tops were actually attractive, but were veneered MDF, and I didn’t have the capacity to transport and store too much anyway.
The legs… Solid hard maple. Not glue ups… But solid:
I got 8 of these and 8 smaller, different ones.
And some drawer hardware from som fragrance showcases:
There will be miles of these by the time this job is over.
Here is the yield of the skirts/aprons. All true 4/4+ already planed and jointed:
Oh yeah! And these scraps from a valance… Prefabricated sleds, HPL already on board, just awaiting rails and a purpose:
I will say this: Salvaging materials while I’m working is difficult. The pressure to perform is high. Removing hardware is not an efficient way to dispose of old casework, for example. Summoning the motivation to jump into a dumpster and dismantle tables is also a task in and of itself. So many miles of usable, even valuable stock of various types have I seen hauled away to the landfill.
I’m glad I mustered enough energy to grab these few things today.
There will be literally tons of various MDF/HPL stock and cabinetry headed out the door next week. Much pressure to meet deadlines. Will I get more usable stock???
-- Hi. My name is bucket head and I'm a recovering framing carpenter.