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Blog entry by Jimi_C posted 11-30-2009 01:09 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Friday afternoon, I went to help a friend pickup some office furniture for his home office, since he’s starting his own business. When we pulled around to the loading dock, I noticed what appeared to be a bench next to the dumpsters there. I asked the guys working at the furniture place if it was trash (yes), and if they had any objection to me taking it (nope). Well, I had a pretty busy weekend, went Christmas tree cutting (family tradition), and we put up our exterior lights, so I did not have a chance to get back there until today. Lo and behold, the bench was still there :) I had one of the furniture guys help me load it up in my SUV, and brought my new assembly/outfeed table home.

Unfortunately, I didn’t take any before pictures – the top was pretty disgusting and covered with strips of tape as well as tons of tape residue. About an hour with a paint scraper and some Windex/Goof-off later, here’s the results:

The top measures 3’x5’, and the table is 34” high. I need to get some leveling legs for it, since my garage has a pretty noticeable slope (about 1/2” over 6’), but this table is in excellent shape otherwise. The top is 3/4” plywood laminated, so it should be perfect for assembly glue-ups and painting, as well as sharpening with waterstones, etc.

Now I just need to find a place to put it in my garage, which is rapidly running out of room from all the stuff I’ve been acquiring…

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 01:15 AM

Very nice find! They say the best things in life are free. Good job on your new table.

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 01:47 AM

Great find. My dad was a junk picker and he turned me and my brother into J pickers. Mom would get so mad at him when we were kids and go with him to take trash to the dump and bring back more than we took. LOL.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 03:52 AM

Nice Find Jimi! I have a friend that lives in an apartment complex. Sometimes when I go visit, I will notice things in the dumpster there. I picked up a Maple chair once and recycled the lumber on it. One time there was a pine 2×8 that was 8 feet long just sitting in there. It amazes me what people will throw away. I think the funniest item I retrieved from there was an oak coffee table that was in the trash and it was the exact same model she had, only nicer! So I brought it in for her, cleaned it up, then took her old one home and recycled the wood on the less attractive model.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#4 posted 11-30-2009 04:46 AM

Looks good Jimi

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#5 posted 11-30-2009 09:29 AM

Great score! A very usefull table for nothing more then a little work. Nice and cheap.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 11-30-2009 01:32 PM

That is a nice find. I enjoy seeing posts like this. This is a winner for everyone since you saved the table from ending up in a landfill and got a nice piece of shop furniture for your efforts.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 12-01-2009 12:14 AM

Great find!

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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