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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #30: Recycling

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 10-31-2014 09:26 PM 1992 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This last week or two, my time has been severely curtailed, whilst supporting my Wife who is starting up a new business, but without some form of woodwork, I would go nuts, therefore I have been using up some of the reclaimed mahogany, I collected from around the garden when we moved in, it had been disguarded like firewood, an absolute waste…well it was, until I came along! I denailed it, stripped the paint off and put it into store, now it has come out, and some has been used to make dining room shelving, using a keyhole bit to rout the backs for the screws. It has all just been beeswaxed, no stain, just natural.

Today I finished the mirror to complete the set, I could stand all day just waxing hardwood, there is something very therapeutic about the process, I think I will have to put a piece at the end of my bench, and when I feel stressed, just go and do some waxing ha! ha!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 10-31-2014 11:15 PM

Phil,

Happy Halloween! When you use the wood it’s not hoarding….LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 11-01-2014 12:08 AM

Hi Tom, same to you, have a good one! Having come from the UK where hardwood costs an arm and a leg, it seems an absolute travesty just to throw away good timber, but here they use mahogany, like we used pine. I am just grateful for the opportunity to be able to use mahogany daily without worrying about the cost!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#3 posted 11-01-2014 01:51 AM

Phil,

Pine there is an exotic wood! I remember Hawaii and building a writing desk out of mahogany plywood. LOL! Benji Reyes is in the Philipines. I envy what he has naturally available for this art furniture.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 11-01-2014 02:03 AM

Tom,

If it is exotic, they can keep it! the only place you can buy pine, is Homecenter, and you have to go through the whole stack to find anything that is remotely straight, what amazed me, when I went for some 2×4 last week, was that the construction lumber was more expensive than planed.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 11-01-2014 02:19 AM

Hey,

It’s warm there. Were gonna have 430 below zero F.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#6 posted 11-01-2014 02:23 AM

Ha! Ha! you can keep that, I haven’t worn a sweater since I moved here, and don’t want to start now :)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#7 posted 11-01-2014 02:36 AM

Think about that when the other things bug you. Gotta feed the pride. Had largest group of kids since before 911. Town has a Halloween parade where kids travel to the stores and oasis to get there candy. Turned off the lights, candy gone.

Later

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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