recyled material project

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Blog entry by WWilder posted 04-21-2009 01:28 AM 885 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recently my daughter sent me a link to a site They discuss how wood is the only 100 % recyleable material. It got me thinking that I want to try to make a project with as much recyled materials as possible. My brother asked me if i could make him a rabbit hutch and a nest box. His friend gave him a few pieces of rabbit wire from an old cage he had. So, starting out good. Free wire. Now i have to come up with wood to build it out of. Well, i work next to a cabinet, restoration, flooring shop so I can often get good remnant wood from them. Bingo, I got several tongue and groove flooring pieces that were 6 inches wide and various lengths. Really cooking now. Still need some more wood though to frame out the wire. ....Pallets! Got some good ones from my job. Took out the 2×4 pieces and split em to make the frame parts. Now the staples and the screws were all donated by my father. He works construction and picks up everything that may in the next 85 years be of use. Just so happened I could use em. Still 100% recyled materials. Got the cage framed up and added the nest box on the back of it so it would be 1 piece. Now for a lid…. Good ole dad to the rescue again. He had a piece of plywood left over from a job and gave it to me. He also had some hinges off of an old cabinet. Really doing well now. And for the final touch, the stain was gave to me from a friend who was going to toss it. All and all the hutch came out fantastic and cost me $0000 dollars and made me a hero to my daughter! Just in case anyone is interested, the hutch was 36” long, 20” tall and 36” wide. I split the length in half with the tongue and groove wood and cut a hole so the babies would not roll in with momma and get hurt. When they get big enough, they can hop over to her. I really wished i had a camera as i am really proud of how it came out. I have learned soooo much from this site and put so much of it to use on this project. Hope someone sees this and is inspired to try and do the same


-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 02:17 AM

Nothing more rewarding than to make something of value for 0 dollars. Being a frequent dumpster diver myself I love when folks repurpose old material. Thanks for posting the url too.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 02:32 AM

Some very nice materials in the right dumpster. One persons trash… as the saying goes.

-- my mind is constantly racing..... but it hasnt came in 1st place yet

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