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Project by Woodwrecker posted 12-16-2011 10:29 PM 8471 views 25 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes those small holes in the finished piece really are from the old crate nails.

Old oak crate lumber given a new life as a bench top tool chest.

And I turned the drawer pulls on my lathe from some mahogany taken from my grandma’s old china cabinet that didn’t survive a move.

“Use it up, wear it out, make do, or do without”.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

-- Eric, central Florida

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 10:48 PM

It has been a great day- spent time with two of the grandchildren and looked at a nice cabinet made from recycled wood. My complements on the job- especially the drawers.

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 10:50 PM

Great work. I wish I could do that.

-- HardHead.

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#3 posted 12-16-2011 10:50 PM

Talk about giving wood a second life!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 12-16-2011 10:57 PM

Wow… talk about making a silk purse out of a sows ear!!
That is just beautiful, Eric!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#5 posted 12-16-2011 10:58 PM

You are the exception to the saying “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sows ear.” Very impressive accomplishment.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#6 posted 12-16-2011 10:58 PM

Best reclaim job I’ve seen.

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#7 posted 12-16-2011 10:58 PM

Beautiful!! Just a wonderful job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 12-16-2011 10:59 PM

Ellen 35,
Talk about great minds thinking alike.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#9 posted 12-16-2011 11:01 PM

Love the dovetails. Got one of those Ridgid sanders myself. like it alot.

-- CaptFerd

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#10 posted 12-16-2011 11:03 PM

Great recycling work Wrecker.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-16-2011 11:08 PM

Beautiful work and excellent execution of an idea. I always think it’s amazing how people can see a project in a pile of wood. Inspires me to get out of the mode of thinking lumber must always be purchased for the project at hand.

-- ~^ DaveG ~^

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#12 posted 12-16-2011 11:09 PM

I love how you left the nail holes. You should place picture #1 in the back of one of the drawers for all future owners. Fantastic job on this. Dave, if I had to purchase lumber for the projects I do, that would cut out 75% of what I do.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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Don W

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#13 posted 12-16-2011 11:47 PM

now that’s a transformation!! I’d like to see a close up of the knobs. They look pretty cool.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#14 posted 12-16-2011 11:52 PM

Some of the best projects come from money free lumber where the cost is time. Nice project. Well done!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#15 posted 12-16-2011 11:58 PM

Beautiful piece in every way. I like the drawer pulls.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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