Recycled lumber for recycled Pets challenge

  • Advertise with us
Project by Richard posted 07-03-2010 03:26 AM 1948 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lumber is some old nail infested torn up flooring that was headed to the dump and I decided to salvage it. My challenge is to recycle the lumber and turn it into a trunk and donate it to our Humane Society’s annual silent auction fundraiser. I figure what was destined to be thrown away will help animals in need so hopefully both the wood and animals will be given a second life.

The flooring they say is Australian Cypress, and I never worked with it before, so we shall see what kind of project it will make.

To be continued….

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

5 comments so far

View KnotCurser's profile


1944 posts in 2160 days

#1 posted 07-03-2010 03:52 AM


If this is indeed Aussie Cypress, which is certainly looks like, please wear a respirator!!! While it smells wonderful and will make your shop smell like a rain forest it’s really nasty if you get the dust into your lungs! I used just a little bit of this stuff for picture frame splines and ended up coughing and hacking all night long.

Good luck on the trunk and I admire your dedication to our nation’s animals in need!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

View Skylark53's profile


2595 posts in 2151 days

#2 posted 07-03-2010 08:01 AM

Richard, I have never used Australian Cypress, but I have made many projects with salvaged oak flooring. It takes a good bit of prep, but the material is very good and the projects are very satisfying.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

View Ken90712's profile


16042 posts in 2280 days

#3 posted 07-03-2010 11:16 AM

Nice to re-use some wood great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

View BertFlores58's profile


1648 posts in 2013 days

#4 posted 07-03-2010 02:36 PM

Nice wood. I been on recycling wood and the most difficult is to find the broken nails or staples. Suggest if you break one, mark it. You can use metal detector to look for the hidden nails. Nails are very bad for the planers… Good luck.

-- Bert

View mtkate's profile


2049 posts in 2416 days

#5 posted 07-03-2010 04:17 PM

I like the cause. Bravo.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics