I am a big Craigslist fan, always scanning the materials sections for deals, and those short lots of hardwood flooring come up alot. Those folks with 50 sf of leftover floor that want 1/2 price are quite common. The realiity is not to many people are looking for 50 sf of floor, so more often than not, they accept offers much less than 1/2 price, and often it is downright CHEAP!
So this thread is devoted to my cheapness and the use of cool hardwood in pratical applications in the shop and in a few projects:
#1 – French Cleats – I have French Cleats on 3 walls of my shop, all in hard Maple 2-1/2” flooring, cost me $25.00 in material:
#2 – Shop Cart – Except the drawer section, all is made from flooring, doweled joints, Maple and Jatoba materials (btw, the drawer unit is made out of bamboo plywood, another cheap CL find):
#3 – Plane Boxes – Not very fancy, but got some 5” handscraped brazialian Angelim flooring with black finish on it – rather than plane the finish off, I used it as is and made a pair of boxes, both slightly different:
#4 – Bench Shelf – Rustic Maple:
#5 – Cross cut sled fence – soon to be done….......:
#6 – Cutting Boards – Note the Yellowheart shown is the exception – I added that – all else is leftover flooring – mostly exotic:
#7 – Boxes – Several of these boxes from last Christmas were made from flooring – certainly, not all of them but I made a series of 13 unique boxes and the flooring came in handy….........
I should note, as some of you know, prefinished hardwood flooring can be REALLY hard on your equipment. For example, Bellawood flooring with it’s 25 year warranty will be very bad for your planer knifes. I have settled on resawing the finish off the prefinised floor so and you may yield a 1/2” board using this technique if you plane the grooves off the bottom.
I have alot of unfinished flooring as well, and in many cases, you use the full 3/4” thickness if the project allows. For me, it’s a good way to get nice hardwood cheap.
Appreciate your comments…..............
-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA