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Blog entry by JSB posted 606 days ago 1143 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

With my wife being at her mother’s in preparation for Christmas I am home alone. I got in from the shop earlier and thought to myself “All this free time and I came back home???” Back to the shop! I did a well needed clean up and blow out and found myself with some rare, spare shop time. So here’s what I started. A couple days ago I found another sofa headed to the landfill. I had a small sledge and a razor blade knife so I decide why not.

After chopping most of the junk off I was left with a few usable pieces. To my suprise there was some good looking walnut and some red oak. Too bad the pieces were small as I would have loved to make something bigger out of it. Oh well, it was dumpster wood anyway!

After plaining the faces and cutting to approximate length I salvaged a 11×15 cutting board as well as a boat load of scrap hardood that would be great for jigs.

Its glued and clamped waiting for tomorrow :) I seem to be on a role with these dumpster sofas. It feels good saving some hardwoods from rotting away. Man am I glad I decided to get a planer and not a band saw.

-- Jay - or

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#1 posted 606 days ago

Good salvage. No since wasting the material.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 606 days ago

That’s pretty creative.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 606 days ago

Pretty impressive salvage and then turning it into something useful . Seems odd that the interior frame was made with some Walnut .

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#4 posted 606 days ago

Yeah, I was pleasantly surprised to see walnut. North Mississippi is flooded with furniture industry. My previous job was in one of the frame mills at Ashely Furniture. Their frames are pretty beefy with hardwoods. You would be shocked to see some of the beautiful wood in their frames. That job was a great learning experience for me.

-- Jay - or

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#5 posted 606 days ago

nice save on the couch-wood.i’d never thought about stripping one down for the wood.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 606 days ago

Good save! Black Walnut in a sofa?? Just wait until you get a wide drum sander, oh my…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#7 posted 599 days ago

Hmmm, I’ve see sofas being thrown out before but never thought about reclaiming the wood from the frames. Neat idea and the price is RIGHT too!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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