More stuff to do with old CDs: a flower arrangement

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 01-31-2010 03:07 AM 1923 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Before anyone starts yellin’, this ain’t really a woodworking project, but uses a little wood.

I think it’s really fun to combine materials so I came up with another project using old CDs. This time I discovered that it is fun to melt them in a toaster oven. My aim is to inspire woodworkers to get out there and be creative: woodworking doesn’t have to be all about the wood!

This piece is all made with recycled materials. My intention is to win some sort of ribbon in this summer’s Marin County Fair. Yeah, it’s the “Greenest Fair on Earth”. Well. Okay.

Enjoy the video.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 01-31-2010 03:49 AM

“I’m not green, I’m just a cheapskate”

Dude, you rock \o/

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#2 posted 01-31-2010 04:57 AM

Neat effect! So are the colors just the album printing, or does something else dramatic happen when you heat the CD?

And, no, I won’t steal your idea for the Sonomarin (or whatever they call the one here in Petaluma) fair…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#3 posted 01-31-2010 05:21 AM


-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-31-2010 06:08 AM

Very nice flowers Steve, by the way I’ve been a huge fan for quite a while, and no, I’m not from SF.

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

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#5 posted 01-31-2010 10:59 AM

i love your work, and videos

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#6 posted 01-31-2010 08:38 PM

We want to know does it stink up the house when you fry the CD


About what temp do you use to make it plyable? And who’s the artist doing the black bird song?

We will not go to your fair with stolen ideas. Cool video :) !!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 09:42 PM

Bravo!! That is a great project!! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#8 posted 02-01-2010 12:29 AM

It doesn’t stink up the house! I discovered that about a minute in a 400 degree oven works fine. Oh, the music is Bobby McFerrin.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#9 posted 02-01-2010 12:35 AM

BTW, Lumberjocks comment posting software sucks. Why can’t I reply to individual posts, like YouTube?

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#10 posted 02-01-2010 12:48 AM

Steve, I get similar complaints on the software I wrote to run one of my blogs. It’d be arelatively easy change for me to make, but in nearly two and a half decades of developing online social software I find that making people call out what they’re replying to in previous messages rather than doing quick one-offs in threaded replies leads to more thinking before typing.

ie: You implement comments like YouTube, you tend to get comments like YouTube…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

#11 posted 02-04-2010 11:10 AM

pretty cool steve i really like the beer sitting next to the power cali folks blow me away.just kidding that was a cool video you did every time i watch one of your vids i want to move farther rock the last time i was in area i was delivering an excavator in tiburon and promptley got a police escort out of town some stupid rule about operating heavey equipment at 3:00 in the morning them people there have no sence of humor do they jeesh

-- i wonder if obama stood in a wind storm with them big ears of his would he start spinning like a drill bit

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