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What to do with free reclaimed flooring

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Project by Richard posted 01-13-2010 04:34 AM 2143 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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





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mancave

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 05:01 AM

Nice recycling. I have a work bench made from packing crate lumber, looks nice, but your trunk is way better!

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Karson

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 05:10 AM

Great recycling. Nice use of some old flooring.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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OutPutter

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 05:28 AM

Anyone can see them dogs is innocent. That trunk might need to be converted to a bed or something. I’ve often looked on Craig’s list for left over flooring to use for boxes but, I’ve never scored anythin as good as this. Nice work and thanks for the post.

Best,

-- Jim

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Jason

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 06:00 AM

I actually have a fair amount, for me, of oak flooring from a bathroom that I tiled. I can’t complain about the pieces I’ve used to this point.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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woodworm

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 07:29 AM

Very very nicely built & finished chest. A great work on material recycling.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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scrappy

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 07:30 AM

Great trunk. Love the use of reclaimed wood. Get lots of my stuff from pallets. Nice job on hiding the plywood edges.

Keep it up.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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newTim

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 08:08 AM

Good dogs. Nice trunk. Now all of us Lumberjocks are going to be ‘hounding’ our local hardwood floor retailers for damaged stock.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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AngelofDeath

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 10:33 AM

great job with the free wood…. really nice looking trunk….and i feel your pain about the pups…

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itsmic

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#9 posted 02-01-2011 08:52 PM

Sharp looking chest, eye catching design, looks great, I like it, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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Roger

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 10:42 PM

gr8 way to recycle, and turn out such an awesome chest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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