scavenger hunt #1: Todays haul

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Blog entry by gavinzagreb posted 03-29-2012 02:54 PM 1155 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I like to use recycled materials.
1) because they are free
2) because there’s good stuff out there that shouldn’t just end up in landfill

Spring is in full bloom here and the city is collecting large waste from around the center of town.
Most stuff is crap from peoples basements that hasn’t seen the light of day for 50 years.
Sometimes you find a classic chair or 2, old tools, and lots of veneered panels of either chipboard or more commonly from older furniture blockboard( I think that’s what you call it).
My only competition on these hunts are Zagrebs many Gypsies, they used to just collect the metal, but now they know some old furniutre items have resale value. Nobody but me seems to collect wood.

So, today a small haul, but stuff that could be used for numerous projects.

In the pics you see the veneered blockboard, very shiny (have to strip it), it’s good quality and in good shape, with some nice book matched veneer.
Also, some nicely shaped legs that will probably get cut in half and made into 2 stools I’ve been thinking of.
There’s also some solid beech glued panels that will be great to make box jointed drawers with, and some old jars of various sizes that have a beautiful subtle blue and green tinge to them. Ear marked for lamps or vases.

Keep an eye out for my projects and see if you can spot where these materials end up.

No doubt I’ll be adding quite a few more posts in this series in the next weeks.

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#1 posted 03-29-2012 03:01 PM

Great find . I do the same, day before garbage pickup I tour the area. IF I see something at driveway I stop in and ASK if I can have it. Some days are good, some days nothing. It’s that GEM in the rough that makes me happy. “What I can turn this ole thing into”
Yes, we will want to see what you have made with these.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 03-29-2012 03:18 PM

that looks way too fun!

--,the best teacher is repetition.

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 05:49 PM

Hi Julliet,
I’ll ask my wife and see what she thinks.
Maybe i could send you some pictures of my wood ?

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 06:49 PM

i like your style … i just took an old walmart mdf filing cabinet and refurbed it with a new coat of paint on the base and drawer and gave it a new qs red oak top out of some salvaaged 3”x5” roof joists … and just like that its better than new.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#5 posted 03-30-2012 04:15 AM

you hit a mother load , great stuff i’m a dumpster diver my self and you can beat that kind of find looking forward to see what you do with it. one mans trash is another mans treasure.take a look at my work bench and you’ll see good to know i’m not out there by myself LOL

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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