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Project by RobS posted 07-25-2007 10:39 PM 2008 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I noticed this rickety, leaning table out in the garbage in the alley near my in-laws. I would not have given it a second glance if it wasn’t for the unique top, it was metal. Slightly rusted and not too thick (about a 16th of an inch), the top seemed to be holding its shape, which is more than I could say for the rest of the table. With much of the wood rotted, nails rusted and protruding, and non-existent cross bracing, the table could barely stand on its own 4 legs (See last picture). While I could understand the previous owner’s determination of worth, I could see some potential seeping from the wreckage and decided to stake a claim and rebuild.

I took it home, removed all the remaining nails, and determined which pieces could still be worth reincorporating into the project. I also decided what I could recycle from the shop; a couple of treated 2×4x8’s and some honey/wax treated, rough-sawn cedar from an old fallen owl box (see this other project for more details). With all that, I was able to reconstruct a 36” tall potting bench with a 17” x 60” metal top.

I added the shelf at the bottom to not only help with the stability but to provide some storing capabilities. To make the shelf, I determined just how much cedar I had and then did the math to determine how much space to place between the slats. The shelf supports are a ripped, treated 2×4 and a couple small pieces of the rescued wood. Next time I seal the deck, which should be soon, the bench will also get a coat as the treated wood is still a little wet.

So while the wife does re-pot plants occasionally, the name of the project really comes from all the rebuilding, reincorporation, recycling, reclaiming, and reconstruction that went on.

Thanks for looking and please return and review any time!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX





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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 07-25-2007 10:57 PM

I’m REally RElishing this treasure!!
What a wonderful story behind this table. Love it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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yakerjax

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#2 posted 07-25-2007 11:57 PM

Wow that turned out beautiful.. It looks brand new… Great Work

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Don

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#3 posted 07-26-2007 12:28 AM

This is a REsounding success! When one REalizes just how close this came to being RElinguished to the scrap heap, ones heart REbounds with REspect for your rescue mission.

Seriously nice project.

Our city has an annual hard rubbish day each year where people place stuff from their house out on the roadside and the council removes it free. But before the council trucks ever get there, used furniture scavengers, and recyclers troll through the stuff lining the roadways for things of value. And I know there are a few of us poor woodworkers looking for furniture-grade wood, because I’m one of them.

Great story, Rob.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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#4 posted 07-26-2007 01:11 AM

great job, and great to keep it (some of it, at least) out of the landfill.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#5 posted 07-26-2007 01:14 AM

hey Don—- that’s REscue mission :) Great sentence.

I just found out today that in our county that they have a by-law AGAINST picking up someone’s trash—once it goes to the curb it belongs to the city I guess .. and if you are caught taking something you can be charged!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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scottb

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#6 posted 07-26-2007 01:18 AM

I guess you still have ample room for landfill up in the great white north?... Pick-up trucks roving the street on trash day is quite common in these parts, I say bless them, and let them have whatever they can really use.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#7 posted 07-26-2007 01:20 AM

I have no idea… unless they take it and sell stuff to make money, it doesn’t make sense.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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RobS

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#8 posted 07-26-2007 01:21 AM

Thanks everyone for the resounding comments!

Ms Debbie,
I don’t think we have any such laws here and I would have even asked to take it had the house not been abandond too.

Scott, I kept almost all of it except for the rotted parts, what couldn’t work it’s way back into the bench will someday serve another purpose.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 07-26-2007 01:24 AM

we have brilliant people making the red tape around here, I guess. .. I just shake my head.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#10 posted 07-26-2007 04:30 PM

Rob,

Great project! Recycling at its best.

You never mention the kind of metal the top is made from. Is it copper?

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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RobS

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#11 posted 07-26-2007 04:34 PM

Thanks Ethan. I don’t know much about metal but it’s certainly not copper, that bronze color comes from the rust. I guess it’s just regular metal, fairly thick and sturdy though.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Ethan Sincox

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#12 posted 07-26-2007 08:16 PM

I was asking because my wife wants me to make her a potting table for our garage, and I thought a copper sheet top would look great.

Of course, the price of copper sheeting might make that cost-prohibitive.

The bench looks great, regardless.

-- Ethan, http://thekiltedwoodworker.com

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Bill

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#13 posted 07-27-2007 05:48 PM

Maybe you can use sheet metal instead? While it would not have the color of copper, it could give you that metal top you were looking for.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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RobS

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#14 posted 07-27-2007 06:14 PM

Sheet metal, I suppose that could be the technical name for the metal used on this piece, although it’s slightly thicker than most sheet metal I’ve encountered. The edges bent over make it look thicker than it is, but I would be hard pressed to bend them flat.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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mot

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#15 posted 08-01-2007 05:34 PM

What a great repotting bench! Nice design and nice work!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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