Recycled Wood Project #1: Milling and Gluing

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 05-12-2012 12:27 PM 1855 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I rececently changed the configuration of my son’s loft bed (that I had previously built). He no longer wanted to be 5’ off the ground, so we lowered it. The result was a lot of leftover 2x material, and most of it had holes for the bolts that held it all together. Instead of scrapping it, I decided to rip it in 7/8” strips and edge glue them into panels.

Here’s the milled down 2×4’s and 2×6’s

Next, the strips spent some quality time with the bar clamps. I’m assembling the panels in 12” or less widths so they can fit through the thickness planer later.

The final panels. You can see the cross section of the holes. The great part is that when the board is flipped over, you would never know the difference.

Once all the glue up is completed, the next operation will be sizing the thickness with the planer.

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#1 posted 05-12-2012 12:35 PM

I do the same thing with recycled 2x material.

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#2 posted 05-12-2012 12:51 PM


Oh well, so much for me being clever! I guess there aren’t that many original ideas!

This is my first attempt, how do you like your results? Do you have pics?

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#3 posted 05-12-2012 03:07 PM

It’s a good idea and works well. My only project posted to date was done this way. I did a glue up for the entire table top out of recycled pine that came off a barn in Texas. Followed the exact same methodology you are using.

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#4 posted 05-14-2012 01:41 AM

I actually got the idea out of a magazine. I don’t have any pics, but I have been happy with the results. Anytime you can reuse wood, it is a good thing.

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