cleaning out my scrap bins #2: Auction #2

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Blog entry by hobby1 posted 07-12-2014 03:01 AM 1932 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Auction #1 Part 2 of cleaning out my scrap bins series Part 3: another rustic table »

Time to clean out my lumber storage, to give more room for more project jobs coming in.
These projects will go to the auction, to get a little return for my scrap transformation.

Some walnut 7/8” x 7/8” sticks had enough of them, to build another mini pie safe about a year ago, this week I finished it by putting the aluminum flashing squares in, to complete this project.

I had a couple of old 2×2’s as well as some 3/4” x 1 1/2” wide slats, doweld them together to make a rustic hat rack.

Some leftover pieces of 2×4 material resawed to 5/8” thick, gave me an idea to glue and dowel together to make a rustic mirror frame less the mirror, because I don’t want to spend any money on these projects, just use up scrap material.

some leftover 2×4’s and 2×2’s allowed me to make a chair glider, I did have to purchase the steel bar and hardware to make the glider mechanisms (swing bars), about $5.00 total.

I still had this slab cutoff to get rid of out of my storage, so I figured it would make a good top for a sitting bench/coffee table.

A few weeks ago, we cut down a small crepe myrtle tree in our side yard, I seen a lot of potential for good rustic coffee table standoffs, so today I built this one, I was able to get rid of some old beadboard cutoffs, for the top and a piece of very old pine 2×6 to use as the base support and feet.

I Still have more scrap material to clean out, Ive been watching reruns of woodsmith shop to look for ideas of making small project pieces, that they show, using my old scrap material, recreating the pieces into rustic/antique versions.

have fun in the shop.

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#1 posted 07-12-2014 09:48 AM

I have a lot of respect for all of these impressive projects originating from scrap bins. It takes a creative mind to do this stuff and to get such a great result. I also like to see the wood being used instead of burned or tossed. Loved the glider. It would be nice if you could blog how to make one (I assume a hardwood base could replace the metal in yours).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 07-12-2014 04:21 PM

Hi Mike, Thanks,
The base is made from 2×2’s, screwed together, to form a frame for which metal swing arms are attached.
The swing arms are made from one piece of 3/16” x 3/4” x 36” steel flat bar, that I got at lowes lumberyard, I cut four peices of around 9” and drilled holes in both ends to recieve lag screwes, which then lag into the frame base and the bottom rails on the chair legs.

As far as doing a build blog, I don’t have enough (two by) material to make another one at this time, from my drawings, it looks like it would take four (2×4’s) to make this project, and all I have left in (two by) material are two 2×2’s around 24” long.

Have a great day…

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#3 posted 07-13-2014 04:39 PM

thats some great looking scraps there.i did the same a couple months ago and made my wife some boxes,but my scrap pieces are no where as impressive as yours.great work on some beautiful projects!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#4 posted 07-13-2014 07:03 PM

Marty thankyou for the nice compliment.

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