Recycling Redwood

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Project by fcampbel posted 04-20-2010 06:43 PM 3919 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was searching for lumber to use for a new garden project this spring when I ran across a local manufacturer’s dumpster. This business produces large amounts of redwood scrap. After making a couple of raised beds, to see how it would work out, I read the notice about the Gorilla Glue challenge. I had already been experimenting with Gorilla Glue to make the wooden sides for the beds but many of the wood pieces I had used were too big to meet the rules.

Because I did not want to stray from my outdoor wood projects, I decided to collect redwood small enough to meet the contest rules and make landscape timbers. Since I was still experimenting, I decided to use the scraps with as little milling as possible. By using butt-joints and overlapping the wood scraps, and by not using any mechanical fasteners, I have built three timbers from 2×6 redwood stock using Gorilla Glue alone.

After allowing the glue to cure, I trimmed and planed the timbers to their final dimensions.

-- Fred

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#1 posted 04-20-2010 06:47 PM

Cool looking posts !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 04-20-2010 08:17 PM

that is cool!

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#3 posted 04-20-2010 08:20 PM

Very cool idea.
Where do I find redwood Scraps

-- Chris

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#4 posted 04-20-2010 08:47 PM

Real life Legos! Very nice. You should try a stress test.

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#5 posted 04-20-2010 11:17 PM

Nice looking save.

The posts should hold up real well, the way you overlapped the joints.

You have invented a modern day ”board stretcher”.


-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 04-21-2010 01:41 AM

Since these were made for a gorilla glue challenge, I have one request to make of the manufacturers of Gorilla Glue: Please put Gorilla Glue in a box, the kind some wines come in, with a bag inside. That way, no air could get in and the glue would last longer on the shelf.

-- Fred

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#7 posted 04-21-2010 02:17 AM

Great idea for scraps! Gives the timbers their own character. Can see lots of use for this method.

Keep it up.


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

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#8 posted 04-21-2010 04:11 AM

Huh. My neighbor across the street puts some liquid on the top of his Gorilla glue to keep it from kicking in the jug. I THINK he uses acetone and just pours it off when he goes to use the glue. I’ll ask him the next time I see him (he works nights, I work days, so it might be this weekend). Maybe a representative from the company can tell us?

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 06:52 AM

I wonder, at what point does the cost of the glue outweigh the benefit of free wood?

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#10 posted 04-26-2010 09:08 PM

I thought about calculating it but decided that I would also have to figure out the point at which making anything out of wood costs more in time and materials than it would to just buy it from *

So far I have still not completely used up the pile of scraps in the first picture, nor the 32 oz. bottle of Gorilla Glue that cost about $28 from Amazon, and I have produced fourty-two feet of 4.25” x 5” wood that I intend to use as landscape timbers. The ones shown in the second and third photographs are each about 54 inches long and I have made three more that are about 81 inches long each.

Since the contest is a Gorilla Glue Challenge, I created them using wood scraps as found, without any trimming or fancy joinery, relying on just the glue—- which has proven to be amazingly strong and forgiving of mismatched ends. I am going to make some fancier projects with finger joints and resawn lumber.

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-- Fred

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#11 posted 05-27-2010 09:13 AM

Wow sounds like that Gorilla Glue goes a long way. When I tried laminating two panels of plywood together w/ PVA glue, i was surprised at how quickly I used up the whole bottle.

Anyhow, I thought GG cures with water, so if you pour acetone that is diluted w/ water into the bottle, I think you’re gonna have a nice hard foamy mess. If its pure acetone it should be okay, but I suspect anything that evaporates quickly and doesn’t contain water will do.

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