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Project by Eric in Florida. posted 03-01-2012 07:07 PM 4878 views 15 times favorited 56 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Using old oak crate lumber (nail holes and all), I’m making some needed additions to my bench top storage and other things around the shop.
This chest is second in a series I intend to make. (Here is the first
What might be cast offs to others, are just fine with me and fits my retirement budget nicely…. :)
A little extra time & effort is all that’s needed.

Milled out pieces.

Constructing the case.

Throw in some dove tails and locking rabbet joints.

Making and attaching the drawer pulls.
(More of Grandma’s old mahogany).

And bingo, there you have it.

Thanks a bunch and have a nice day!

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 07:13 PM


nice save and build

and the price is sure good too

well done eric
well done !

-- 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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#2 posted 03-01-2012 07:14 PM

Dude, that’s definately a winner!

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

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 07:16 PM

Holy cow!
Eric, I’m envious of your skill, that looks fantastic and I love the turned drawer nobs .. that’s so cool the way the color pops out.


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#4 posted 03-01-2012 07:21 PM

Another great project Eric, I finished the steps and handrails …..Pics coming soon.

-- Bill Native Texan

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#5 posted 03-01-2012 07:24 PM

Vary nice! working with scrap wood is so satisfying. Also I love that you used different woods on the drawer fronts.

-- I played with Legos as a kid and I never had the part I thought I needed, so I learned to improvise. Now I'm an engineer with a woodworking hobby.

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#6 posted 03-01-2012 07:25 PM

Well done. I especially like the nail holes, gives it character and shows it was recycled. I see many pallets made from beetle kill that I could use, but at .60cents/bdft for virgin wood, I just buy from the mill. I do like the approach of using pallet wood for shop projects.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#7 posted 03-01-2012 07:29 PM

That’s a good idea to use pallet wood for shop furniture. And I like your shiny joinery… well done

-- Steve, Michigan - "Every piece of work is a self portrait of the person who accomplished it - autograph your work with excellence!" - Author unknown

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#8 posted 03-01-2012 07:31 PM

I agree with Ben79 about this sort of thing being satisfying. This is one of the best examples of recycling wood I’ve seen.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#9 posted 03-01-2012 07:32 PM

Bad a bing – presto – a winner !!!!

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

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#10 posted 03-01-2012 07:53 PM

Who would’ve thunk it!

Goes to show that old adage of beauty being skin deep is totally backwards when it come to wood!

Super Job!!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#11 posted 03-01-2012 07:56 PM

Another great salvage job….I love that you see a pile of scrapwood and see a cabinet. Those dovetails are looking very nice. Keep up the good work.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#12 posted 03-01-2012 08:20 PM

You did a fantastick job using recycled pallets. Recycled wood always seems to fit nicely into the budget. I have a bunck of recycled oak in my shop that is waiting for two future projects…and my wife has already told me what she would like those projects to be since she has two other oak pieces I already made for her.

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#13 posted 03-01-2012 08:45 PM

Now this is my type of project “wood for free”. You have made a great job from your find well done.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#14 posted 03-01-2012 08:52 PM

Super cool.
As a big fan of recycle this is a winner.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 03-01-2012 08:59 PM

Great job. I’m also a big big fan of not buying timber. What’s the point, it’s every-where!
Love your shop set-up too. Best of luck with whatever’s next.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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