Work Bench #5 Frustration and freeganism

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Blog entry by ScrapArt posted 03-02-2011 04:33 AM 1535 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Saturday after the girls Soccer game I happily starting setting up my Card tables (Work benches) in my driveway to start working on the never ending Work bench. It was a Beautiful spring day in South Florida, High 70’s clear sky and a nice breeze. It was the perfect day in my neighborhood for someone to lie out in their Hammock and take a nice nap…. that is until I cranked up the hand held planer (See Valentine’s day blog). I had a Few pieces left to plane off the old finish, even things out, square cut the shorts for the butcher block top. The blade is done but I soldiered on… (It does not have to be perfect Steve just move forward) the planer screeching I’m cursing, I am trying to keep the boards still with a Make shift…. whatever! I then went on to the Miter saw, set it to zero degrees and started chopping (This is better I thought to myself) as I chopped the last board I took a Look at the cut… What the %$#%$. The saw was set to zero but had a Beautiful 3 degree bevel on it. AARRGGHH. My saw sucks, the wood sucks I suck I will never finish the f@#$ing thing. So I packed everything away and went off to the place I can have a little fun at on the week end” The city Dump”. See the city I live in is mostly Upper middle class and higher. (Not Me) and we have our own dump which is unusual for south Florida. It is mostly for the citizens to drop off their tree cuttings, Couches BBQ”S and whatever they want out of their Garages, no food or anything Smelly (Not in Coral Springs Sir). I started doing this about six months ago and I have found some good stuff (In my opinion) My Brother in law sticks his nose up at this and my wife is a little (a lot) embarrassed). I could give two you no what’s. It was a Good day at the dump though (Back to wood). I found 1/2 sheet of birch 3/4 ply $30… A Hess truck from 1975 Can you say E-bay and as I looked across the dumpster I saw a Butcher block top SCORE!!!!! It had everything wheels and all. A Perfect Mobile stand for my Band Saw, One step closer to a shop. In a Better mood but still frustrated when I came back to my shop I accidently spilled some coffee on a Table. I wiped it and reached for some Orange oil to wipe onto the Table. I needed inspiration so I wiped some on to the Cambara I was to use on the bench. The oil brought out such beauty to the wood I am now regenerated. And will start assembling my not so perfect work bench.
Thank you I feel much better now

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#1 posted 03-02-2011 05:50 AM

Your fortunate that you are allowed to take out of the dump, out here they won’t let us do that anymore !

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#2 posted 03-02-2011 02:43 PM

Good story. Glad you are back at the bench project. I too have been known to “collect” at the local dump. I procured some DJ boxes one time that fetched 120.00 on CL.

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David Craig

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 03:25 PM

My mom raised a practical son. I can’t walk past an 1×8 10ft pine board in the dumpster then go to the big box store and pay 20 bucks for the same thing. Seeing as going green is the “trendy” thing these days, you would think the upper crust would not only encourage you to dumpster dive, but offer to help or loan you their hybrid to haul everything in :)

Nice score,


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#4 posted 03-02-2011 03:52 PM

Man, we cant “dive” here either once it hits the dumpster, it cant come back out. Foolish thing to, have looked in there and saw wood someone else threw away that I could have used for something. OH well, kudos to you sir for being “green”

-- Gary, Little River,SC I've Learned that the Lord didn't do it all in one day and neither can I

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 04:18 PM

One mans junk is another mans treasure is my motto! My brother has the best damn luck when it come to that too. He’s always finding good stuff. Whenever i get frustrated in the shop i always walk away, to many things can get broke when my temper gets the best of me. Best just to walk away, go get a cup of coffee and calm down before heading back to work.

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