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Project by dakremer posted 03-02-2010 09:13 AM 2837 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work at Menards (hardware store) – they were taking down a display that had 3 sheets of 4×8 particle board with this finished veneer on it. They were going to throw them all away and I was like…uh…I want them. They charged me $1 for all 3 sheets. So I made some simple furniture for my room. Nothing fancy, but you can’t beat that price!!! The black tubes on the desk and TV stand are nothing more than PVC pipe painted black. I cut a slot down the pipe to fit onto the desk. You can’t see it in the picture, but there is a horizontal piece on the back of the desk for some stability. The white stuff on the bottom of the TV stand is just the glue that is still wet – it went away!!! I also made a LARGE book shelf that is to the ceiling, but can’t find the picture. I will probably upgrade to something better than these soon – built these when I moved to a new town and didnt have any furniture (or money!!!)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 03-02-2010 10:06 AM

Good work. I rmember those days, no money or furniture ;-)) amazing how much junk I collected in 40 years though!!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 03-02-2010 10:18 AM

Beautiful work. You get the thrifty award for the day. It is amazing what you can get if you just ask. One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.

-- Scott in Texas

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Jim Reeves

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#3 posted 03-02-2010 10:50 AM

Hey as long as they work, l have simular wood from zellers in Peterbourgh, Ontario where selling to a cabinet maker the displays, so l bought 13 but could only fit 11 on my trailer.
My displays had 2 – 5/8’’ x 24’’ wide x 55’’ long laminated maple sheets in each display. And in between the 2 sheets were 1’’ x 3’’’s 54 inches long got about 30 of them and 21 sheets laminated maple when l tore displays apart . Was thinking of making shop cabinets as l have none a good practice before attemping to reface kitchen cabinets and make a 8 ft long uppers and lowers on opposite wall to match refaced ones.
Thats the plan may make display table as well after seeing your table thanks

-- jim

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#4 posted 03-02-2010 12:57 PM

Awesome, looks really good,

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#5 posted 03-02-2010 01:28 PM

Great score and wiseily used otherwise thrown good material.
I think the $1 charge is the residual book value just to knoff off the fixed asset – f&f a/c.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Dennis Fletcher

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#6 posted 03-02-2010 02:14 PM

Great score, awesome job! I remember having no money and no furniture, now, I just have no money.

--, Making design and application one. †

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#7 posted 03-02-2010 03:35 PM

Now that is using the old gray matter. I love how folks with a little imagination and desire can create so much with just things on hand. Very cool projects!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#8 posted 03-02-2010 03:44 PM

Great work. Awesome deal on the new furniture.

-- Russ

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#9 posted 03-02-2010 03:54 PM

Great Job! I’m sure more often than not stores like that throw away a lot of good stuff. I was in Home Depot asking about there junk product last week and the guy told me they couldn’t let customers have it anymore. I’m really impressed here. Your furniture cost a total of $10? What a steal!

-- Adam

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#10 posted 03-02-2010 03:57 PM

Oh, nice computer by the way :) – I hate Microsoft.

-- Adam

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#11 posted 03-02-2010 04:06 PM

looks fantastic. the PVC idea is superb! adds a really nice accent to it.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#12 posted 03-02-2010 07:06 PM

A good deal and a great job.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#13 posted 03-02-2010 07:10 PM

they charged a dollar for something they were gonna throw away?
lol what a rip off!

-- The hard work won't take too long, the impossible will take a little longer

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#14 posted 03-02-2010 08:18 PM

$10 desk, $1,000 computer. Now if only the Macbook was that cheap…LOL!

-- Don in Nashville- - Aged copper sheets for cabinets, furniture, bar tops, backsplash, range hoods, and table tops.

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#15 posted 03-02-2010 11:55 PM

Super cheap I like your style rich folks call that recycling folks with out furniture call it a desk


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