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We pay for a dumpster at our place of business and even have a sign on it saying not to use it unless you are us. :=)

You would not believe the quantity of old cabinets, countertops, plumbing fixtures, doors, windows, ceiling fans, etc. that we sit on the grass outside the dumpster… and how fast it gets picked up and hauled off.

The other day, somebody filled our dumpster when we weren’t looking and even left some stuff in front of the dumpster. I was pissed. I went out there to see and there was a bunch of useless crap EXCEPT for a nearly perfect little half round oak table that had lost its two 1/4 circles of skirt / apron veneer. Yep, I did what I never do and I got it. I dove my own dumpster, folks.

I have lots of 4” x 96” wood pre-finished toe-kick of various species, so I dug until I found an oak in Honey Spice that was a perfect match. This 1/8” toekick would not bend that tight of a radius, so I buzzed it through the new thickness planer and made it 1/16” (plenty floppy). I ripped the width and lengths, then glued it on, leaving some little keys that I painted just to make it different.

This was a 30 minute project from start to finish, but the little table ain’t too bad. It’s a shame we don’t have a house phone (land line) any more, because a phone stand is what I believe it was.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia





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ajosephg

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#1 posted 11-24-2011 12:17 PM

Sweet.

-- Joe

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#2 posted 11-24-2011 01:47 PM

nice fix

perhaps you might put it back
(in a different area)
and you can be the famous
‘unknown santa’

where things are brought to be fixed
for christmas

might be on oprah next year

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 11-24-2011 04:19 PM

I’m starting to get the feeling that you know how to pinch a penny, David. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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David Grimes

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#4 posted 11-24-2011 08:56 PM

@WudnHevn, Reprieve? I don’t know who they are. I just know they don’t care and/or can’t read. Anyway, not pissed at anyone, just that the dumpster was full. And pissed (ticked, teed, panties in wad) is nowhere near anger, rage, vendetta… so lets not get out of perspective here. ;=)

When our dumpster if full we have to trailer tearout debris to the landfill 30 mile round trip (labor and gas) plus pay usually $30 to $70 fee based on weight. Mostly just a major inconvenience.

@patron (David), Hopefully we’re all a secret Santa to somebody from time to time. I’ll pass on the Oprah visit. I don’t think her couch could stand up to my Tom Cruise imitation.

@CharlieM1958, lol I know a guy that constantly scans the ground for things. Really. He picks up coins constantly. A small group of us were at a restaurant for lunch one day when he went to the restroom. While gone I put a penny on the floor near where he would be coming back, then a nickel a foot or sounder the booth table a few feet away. Nobody said a thing. Back he comes, scoops up the penny, sees the nickel and leans way under to get it. Silence no more. We rolled with laughter.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#5 posted 11-24-2011 09:49 PM

Great job , DG : )
Happy Thanksgiving to you as well : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Dark_Lightning

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#6 posted 11-24-2011 11:30 PM

Nice little table!

“When our dumpster if full we have to trailer tearout debris to the landfill 30 mile round trip (labor and gas) plus pay usually $30 to $70 fee based on weight. Mostly just a major inconvenience.”

Seriously, if someone fills up your dumpster and you have to pay to empty it, they are stealing from you. You are a nice man. I’d put up a camera and make them pay.

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David Grimes

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#7 posted 11-24-2011 11:48 PM

I wish the legs were a little beefier. If they were, I would take them off and throw them on the lathe in a heartbeat, but they’re already pretty spindly. I may not be done with this little cast off yet, but it will sit as is for awhile. Too many irons in the fire and turkey going to the table in about 15 minutes.

And turkey (tryptophan) makes me sleepy, so this may be it for today on everything. ;=)

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#8 posted 11-24-2011 11:52 PM

I bet they wish they had it back now,good job.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Grandpa

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#9 posted 11-25-2011 01:34 AM

Great looking find. Can’t let my wife see this or she will make me drive to Atlanta to look you up. She might claim she left it outside your dumpster by mistake. LOL
I have a residential dumpster that I had to pay double for and only got it emptied once a week. The charge the people inside the city limits half the amount and empty twice per week. We are to get to empty a load of trash per month on our statement by hauling it to the transfer station. I took out a load and they tell me $35. I got all hot and bothered and finally told the guy that they would end up hauling it and they wouldn’t get the usual 35 cents they charge. I called and got permission to use a dumpster and they hauled it for nothing. I don’t ever empty in someones dumpster unless I talk to them first. They do pay for the service.

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#10 posted 11-25-2011 02:38 AM

Awesome Save! Great job!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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David Grimes

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#11 posted 11-25-2011 04:28 AM

@WudnHevn, You are good ! Reprieve was a perfect word, but I would have to know who it is to forgive them ;=) But I didn’t wish a special place in hell for them or anything like that, so I was being good, too.

Man, that turkey was good. And wife made giblet gravy for the dressing, too. Lawd have mercy !

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#12 posted 11-25-2011 06:04 AM

Here in Fairbanks we have transfer stations and I find furniture all the time. Since I am retired and my woodworking business is slow these pieces come home to my shop, get fixed and then donated to the salvation army. It is amazing what people throw away.

-- Happiness is being covered in sawdust

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#13 posted 11-25-2011 06:32 PM

Good job. Yeah I’m for the camera idea.

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