Martin posted up an interesting challenge today in his blog. The Nothing New But The Glue Challenge. And while I do plan on putting out a project from this challenge, well it got me to thinking. And I am not sure about other woodworkers, but I learned from my Dad, my Grandfather, my uncles etc… that what is being proposed here is a good thing.
Now the whole environmental impact thing aside, it just sort of makes sense to utilize everything you’ve got to the best of your ability. Maybe that’s just the cheapskate in me coming out, but I don’t think so. Part of why I do woodworking is because the so called “heirloom quality” furniture available these days is so much particle board that it isn’t even worth bringing into my home because I know it will be falling apart in less than 10 years…
So I am scratching my head to shake loose whatever projects I have done with “environmentally friendly” materials. So here goes the list so far…
Candlestick Holder. Made from Pecan firewood that was literally pulled from the fire when I saw something I liked in it…
Table saw extension wing / router table. The lumber is 3/4” SYP sanded ply that was scrap from a friend’s project. He was going to chunk it up and toss it in the fire pit. The hardboard is new.
Drill Press Table & Fence. 3/4” birch ply scrap from the workbench project. Hardboard scrap from the extension wing project. T track, and misc hardware are only new items.
Drill press accessory shelf. Small shelf brackets were in my garage when I bought the house, 3/4” ply scrap used for a shelf. Screws were recycled from a deck I removed with a friend a few years back.
Dovetail practice box. I never posted it here because it is kind of ugly, but hey, it was practice. More cedar. This time 5/8” cedar fence pickets reclaimed from Ike damage, some of it planed to 3/8” for the bottom.
Clamp racks. Cutoff sections of SYP 2×4 from a the neighbor’s trash, and 2×2 pulled from a custom built canoe rack that was on my old Ranger. No glue, just screws, and stain…
Shadow Box for wedding accessories. Red oak from discarded king size water bed frame. This is a project in progress.
Planter Box. 1 made of reclaimed cedar pickets, and new 4×4 cut down, 1 made of new cedar pickets and 4×4 cut down.
Kitty grave marker V2. Reclaimed 5/8” cedar pickets planed to 1/2”, in glue / clamps at this time, to create true 1×2” stock for cross project.
Dust Collector Riser Stand. Reclaimed PT 2×4s, stamped steel corner brackets, and 1/2” SYP ply from the attic redecking project.
Now none of this is exactly what I would call “Fine Woodworking”, but each project moves me further along the skill scale, and recycling materials makes it a LOT easier on my whimpering budget.
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