Found wood.

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Blog entry by CJay posted 09-11-2011 06:15 PM 1596 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always enjoyed reusing wood, as well as being cheap it’s a great way to give a new lease of live to wood that would otherwise end up on the fire (or worse; the dump).

Anyways, a friend was clearing out a cupboard and gave me the unwanted parts from some blinds she’d bought several years ago. All solid wood, and very clean maple at that. Rather than add them to the winter fuel pile, i had an idea.

after cutting away the holes where the string went, i glued them into a board by overlapping the strips.

Then cut to size, and it’s a very pretty back for a small cabinet i’m working on. (You’ll see that later, it’s one of Tom Fidgen's designs )

I’ve still got some of these left to make a drawer bottom too.

If anyone’s got stories of they’re own found wood i’d love to hear them


-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 09-11-2011 06:19 PM

Great way to reuse wood. The cabinet also looks great.


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#2 posted 09-11-2011 08:43 PM

Looks good, and a good idea. Nice looking work.

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#3 posted 09-12-2011 12:08 AM

I too love to rescue used wood from burn piles. I have found some incredible “birds eye” pine – yes, pine – from shipping crated! They were headed for their burn pile! Among the things I’ve made from scrap wood are; a 28” x 9’ work bench from 2×8’s and 2×10’s; a 20” x 10’ shelving unit that covers the entire back wall of my two car garage, a 10’ x 10’ chicken coop, a large dog house and an assortment of boxes the just stuff! The price is hard to beat, right?!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#4 posted 09-12-2011 12:35 AM

Reclaimed wood is the best! I do construction and am constantly dismayed see so much “waste” lumber go straight to the landfill. I’m always scavenging what I can though, and my backyard looks like a cross between a lumber yard, a construction site and a dump because of it. Some things I come across regularly are old growth pine studs from demolition jobs, lots of oak, cedar, birch in pallet form, and there’s always curb furniture.
If the market were available, I’d make my living selling reclaimed wood cabinets and furniture alone! Here is one I did recently using some old fir porch decking and pallet wood:

And of course, I always try to make my jigs and stuff for the shop out of salvaged wood when possible :)

-- Jesse --

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#5 posted 09-12-2011 01:43 AM

I live in New Orleans, a city that has been falling apart slowly for over 200 years. Needless to say, there is a lot of salvage and deconstructed materials to choose from, and we have some very awesome salvage stores in town that collect material (if you are ever here, check out the Green Project and the Preservation Resource Center Salvage Store, they are right next to each other). In fact, there is a yearly furniture design competition but on by the Green Project called Salvations in which entrants are challenged to build a lighting or furniture item out of at least 90% salvaged materials, and man i tell ya, people make some amazing stuff from what others call trash. I agree with SalvageCraft’s comment – I too would love to make my living off of making stuff from salvage, and am trying really hard to do just that!

I go to these salvage stores several times a week and now rely so heavily on salvaged material that I can’t even remember the last time i purchased new wood for a personal project. Dumpster diving is also a favorite past time of mine, and one thing i love to collect after people gut their houses are the wood lath strips from the old plaster walls. Here are a few a pics of a table I just made from those strips, relying heavily on glue and lamination as you did. Keep up the good fight!

-- J.R.Portman, New Orleans,

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#6 posted 09-12-2011 02:31 AM

The wife’s uncle stopped by one night about 10 years ago to ask me if I wanted some “kindling wood” for my woodburner. I couldn’t believe what he brought me – the back of his station wagon was full of wormy chestnut! It had paint on one side and had been used as a wall in a school bus garage. I took all of that and whatever else he could get. I managed to get enough to make a kitchen table and a few other projects over the years. I still have a little left for special projects. I wanted to fill all the wormholes and other scars and flaws and found that fiberglass resin worked great. After 10+ years it has not cracked or separated from the wood. It also accents the holes without hiding them, you still get the same look as without it but it gives a nice smooth surface without all the places for dirt to collect. As soon as I figure out how to do it, I’ll post some pics.

-- Every day above ground is a good day!!!

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