More wood crossarms from electric utility poles

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I was at work this week and took these arms down .they were less than a year old and just couldn’t bring myself to throw them in the dumpster….what should I make? They are treated and that worries me for glue up and finishing..any ideas??? I have quite a few more to put something large and heavy

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#1 posted 05-13-2016 11:06 AM

They sure would make a dandy work bench.

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#2 posted 05-13-2016 11:10 AM

Mailbox, free library, fence posts, outdoor table/furniture legs. They are thick enough you could run some rebar through em if they wont glue and have a decent bench top for an outside work bench for the nice days.

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#3 posted 05-13-2016 11:48 AM

use polyurethane glue. My dad mitered a 2×8 railing on their deck 15 years ago using polyurethane glue and screws still no sign of movement.

I vote for a new bench. I would let it air dry for a bit before working it. That way you can square it up with less chance of movement.

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#4 posted 05-13-2016 11:58 AM

A bench for sure!

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#5 posted 05-13-2016 12:03 PM

You can also use a two part epoxy for glue up if you need to. Use a product like West System

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#6 posted 05-13-2016 12:20 PM

work bench, already has dog holes

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#7 posted 05-13-2016 12:29 PM

Outdoor table and/or benches for the yard. Nice to use for dinners outside or entertaining others

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#8 posted 05-13-2016 12:40 PM

I vote for an outdoor table or a workbench. If you’re worried about glue-ups, use a few pieces of all-thread – counter-bore the holes for the nuts and washers and then cover it with a plug of walnut or something. Would make an interesting detail. Do they still treat them with creosote?

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#9 posted 05-13-2016 02:19 PM

Lots and lots of pen blanks.

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#10 posted 05-13-2016 02:54 PM

I agree with the bench idea first, then on to other things.

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#11 posted 05-13-2016 08:01 PM

Yep , one very Heavy very stable work bench and I would use Epoxy .

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#12 posted 05-13-2016 08:59 PM

What did you do with all of the wire?

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#13 posted 05-14-2016 09:54 PM


-- Sheetzy

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#14 posted 05-15-2016 05:42 AM

Before I retired from the local electric company, I always wanted to build a TREBUCHET with crossarms & do some PUMPKIN CHUNKIN.

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#15 posted 05-17-2016 02:23 AM

Absolutely a solid work bench top.

-- Once the dust settles, breath and behold the beauty of the wood.

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