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Free Wood #6: Curb Score

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 09-20-2016 02:58 PM 714 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I vowed to myself that if a certain dresser were still on the curb on the morning of trash collection that I’d grab the drawers for myself. If I had a pickup truck, I might have grabbed the carcass as well. The tops are often of use.

As I began breaking the drawers down, I noticed on one drawer front that someone had put the holes for the drawer pulls in the wrong spot and had filled them in. Oops.

The drawer fronts have a veneer, but the core looks to be solid poplar, judging by the green color of the grain.

One of the ‘benefits’ of reclaiming wood from dressers is that you acquire a collection of knobs and pulls over time. There’s nothing wrong with these that a little vinegar won’t fix.

Usable wood estimated after trimming and planing:

plywood:
3-14”x40”x.25”

Drawer fronts:
2- 7”x33”x.5”
2- 4”x15”x.5”

Drawer backs:
2- 7”x41”x3/8”
1- 4”x41”x3/8”

Drawer sides:
3- 7:x15.5”x3/8
3- 3-3/8”x15.5”
(I broke one, so it’s in smaller pieces)

1 divider from top drawer:
1- 4”x16”x.25”

I need to find a use for the thin plywood that I get from the drawer bottoms. I’ve got a collection of the stuff and haven’t used much.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 09-20-2016 04:15 PM

You might want to invest in battry driven circular saw, or reciprocating saw, then those carcasses would be boards in no time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 09-20-2016 04:23 PM

I salvaged a bunch of curbed drawer fronts. I have one project in mind for a few of them but the rest will probably suit for awhile.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 09-20-2016 04:44 PM



You might want to invest in battry driven circular saw, or reciprocating saw, then those carcasses would be boards in no time.

- Oldtool

I’ve thought along that line a few times. I do want to get a cordless reciprocating saw. I can use it like a small chain saw on tree limbs for one thing. ‘m not so sure I should be using power equipment on my curbside grabs. It’s usually pretty early in the morning. Plus, the previous owners might be agitated if the see that I’m not grabbing their heirloom furniture for rehab, but for cannibalism!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#4 posted 09-20-2016 04:47 PM



I salvaged a bunch of curbed drawer fronts. I have one project in mind for a few of them but the rest will probably suit for awhile.

- Rick M.

I’ll always remember the drawer fronts that I grabbed and they turned out to be walnut, not just stained poplar. Lately I’m only finding poplar, plywood or white oak.

Not that I’m complaining. I realized recently that I only have scraps of pine laying around. Everything else is mahogany, oak or poplar. Never thought I’d be there.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#5 posted 09-20-2016 05:41 PM

I meant curved, not curbed was typing from my phone.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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htl

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#6 posted 09-20-2016 07:34 PM

Scrounging is so much fun and surprising what you can come up with.
I’m thinking the big drawers with the patch hole may be where they used to be a double screw handle that they broke and replaced with a single, maybe?

-- There's a hundred ways to do anything, alot depends on the tools at hand.

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Dave Rutan

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#7 posted 09-20-2016 09:39 PM



Scrounging is so much fun and surprising what you can come up with.
I m thinking the big drawers with the patch hole may be where they used to be a double screw handle that they broke and replaced with a single, maybe?

- htl

If so, they did a very good job of hiding it on the show side of he drawer front. Y ou could tell something was repaired, but you really had to look

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#8 posted 09-20-2016 11:50 PM

Nice find, Dave—and nice salvage of potential firewood!

As for the thin plywood, you might be able to use it for box bottoms.

-- Dean

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Dave Rutan

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#9 posted 09-21-2016 01:16 AM



Nice find, Dave—and nice salvage of potential firewood!

As for the thin plywood, you might be able to use it for box bottoms.

- Mean_Dean

Actually, the reason I left it until the day of collection is that it was still in usable shape. I’ve picked up a few wood piles that were once dressers too. For those I just grab immediately.

I could build a lot of boxes with the thin plywood I currently have.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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oldnovice

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#10 posted 09-21-2016 03:21 AM

Sometimes you hit a goldmine and sometimes you find ikea!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#11 posted 09-21-2016 08:33 AM

Looks very close to the one I hauled home 2014

It was painted with a blue finish of which I sanded off and revealed the real beauty beneatth

I never found out what the timber was.

-- Regards Robert

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Dave Rutan

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#12 posted 09-21-2016 11:00 AM


Looks very close to the one I hauled home 2014

It was painted with a blue finish of which I sanded off and revealed the real beauty beneatth

I never found out what the timber was.

- robscastle

Never understand why nice looking wood gets painted. Reminds me of the secretary desk we got for $25. It was painted black. We stripped it to reveal a mahogany colored wood. It looks much better now.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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Dave Rutan

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#13 posted 09-21-2016 11:02 AM



Sometimes you hit a goldmine and sometimes you find ikea!

- oldnovice

Once I grabbed something off the curb to find it was made from pressed board except for the drawer fronts. even they were nothing to write home about. The older sadder looking stuff is usually a better grab.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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splintergroup

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#14 posted 09-22-2016 01:55 PM

Not exactly free, but a few years ago at the local university auction they were clearing out all the old dorm room furniture. The only worthwhile item was the dresser/desk combo. Solid oak, and 3/4” 15 ply, formicad tops. These had been collecting out in the property yard most of the summer and the rain had made most of the tops delaminate and curl up, the sun caused the varnish to begin flaking.

This was actually ideal for me since no-one wanted them. There were 100’s, but I managed to get about 70 (four flatbed trailer + pickup bed loads) for the cut-rate price of $0.50 each.

Each desk had 1” thick drawer fronts, 1/2” oak sides, 1/4” Lauan ply drawer bottoms, 1/4” masonite dust dividers, and 1-1/2” thick (about 24” x 30”) end panels (many were from a single wide board!). The stretcher on the bottom of the chair side legs are beefy 2” x 26” pieces, currently being used as cauls. The tops had useable sections as well. Lots of long/narrow pieces (3-4” wide x 30” long). I spent several weeks breaking them all down.

I believe overall I got about 35 bf of oak from each desk, not bad for $35.

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#15 posted 09-22-2016 03:06 PM

splintergroup Not at all bad and at a good price!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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