|Project by Richard||posted 01-13-2010 04:34 AM||2151 views||4 times favorited||10 comments|
I found some free used flooring on Craigslist, some red oak, maple and walnut. After removing the nails and damaged areas, I had quite a bit of usable lumber, but in 3 inch strips. I decided to build a trunk because the wood was always in my way and the dogs was always dragging them out to the pasture and chewing on them.
Note: the trunk is not tongue and grooved. I found some 1/2 inch birch plywood from a trashed packing crate and simply sawed, glued, and screwed it together into the size I wanted. Then I planed the used flooring into strips and carefully glued and screwed the flooring onto the birch plywood. The trick is to completely hide all the edges of the plywood, so it looks like solid wood. As for the inside of the trunk, I ripped some cedar boards and planed them to about a 1/4 of an inch and carefully laid them out inside of the chest to look like slats which hides the plywood carcass on the inside.
I then finished with tongue oil and used Rockler hardware. If you look closely you may see some nail holes, but it gives the trunk a history. The chest measures 36×20 x 18 inches. I plan on using it for storage and as a coffee table for my house. I always liked using reclaimed materials in my wood working, and hopefully this will give you an idea when you come across free flooring or reclaimed lumber.
The last picture are a couple of “lumber thieves” which frequently raid my lumber storage area
-- Richard Boise, Idaho