One man's trash.........

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Project by jaykaypur posted 04-06-2012 11:59 PM 1960 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was put together by me BUT the pieces are from a trash pile. I “found” 3 different wood seats and 12 dowel rods that someone was throwing away. Scarffed them up, took them home and cleaned them up and sanded the seats and dowells. I drilled the holes in the seat and then fashioned the dowells to fit. Took me about 90 minutes to put this together and then ….........I figured I would try my hand at an inlay. I used colored sand and CA glue. I am happy as can be how well it turned out for my first attempt at doing an inlay. Now I am gonna counter-sink the screws and do them in the same color sand. I’m not sure what kind of wood these are but the seat is a soft wood. I finished it with natural Danish oil.

This may not be a big deal to some of y’all but I am just tickled to death how well it turned out. I am gonna use it as an outdoor shop seat for “visitors.”

As always, thanks for looking

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#1 posted 04-07-2012 12:10 AM

It looks great! Especially from my inexpert point of view.

I do have some positive critique for you but hesitate to offer it as I don’t want you to take offense.

By the way, that seat looks like it came from an old single leg milking stool we had when I was a kid.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 04-07-2012 12:12 AM

Looks great. I like how the inlay came out. I have never done an inlay before and am curious as to how you did it, would you mind going into a little more detail Id love to try it out.

-- Zach @

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#3 posted 04-07-2012 12:24 AM

Dallas….Give it to me. I need all the input I can get.

Zachary…I used a super glue (very watery) and colored sand. Soaked the inlay area with glue and then filled it with colored sand and then soaked that with glue and then added one more pile of sand over that. I let it dry overnight and then used a palm sander on it. I actually over did it on the colored sand/glue and had to sand a LOT of it away. That’s it…it was actually pretty easy. I did learn that the cuts need to be PRECISE because any deviation on your cuts WILL show up.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#4 posted 04-07-2012 12:25 AM

Attaboy on repurposing the treasures! I am into this kind of stuff. Looks sweet!

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#5 posted 04-07-2012 12:54 AM

Very cool, this looked fun and a great idea. I love to find old pieces and see what can be done with them. This is going to be a cool sit down to have in your shop, I’ll bring the beer….lol. Thanks for the post!

P.S. If you ever find another seat like that again….ya might rig it for your current or new shavehorse!

All the best,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 04-07-2012 12:57 AM

Joe….the first place I put that seat WAS on the shave horse! BUT….then I had another idea! LOL

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 04-07-2012 12:57 AM

OK you asked for it! The seat and the inlays are really cool. The braces between the legs: not so cool. A round tenon on the end of each brace would have really classed this up. I certainly don’t mean to demean your work but you asked so I gave my opinion. This site is all about improving our skills and I always appreciate all the help others offer so please don’t be offended.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-07-2012 12:59 AM

gfadvm…..The nice thing about those screws??? I can take them out and redo the brace. Thanks for the input. I still have a few tweaks to do to it yet. Thanks again.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#9 posted 04-07-2012 01:20 AM

Good advice from gfadvm. Not sure if you have been able to see these before jaykaypur, but this might help inspire your work since you may be doing some tenons, etc. You never can go wrong with Roy…lol. Maybe this can help in some way or just be fun to watch.

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#10 posted 04-07-2012 01:26 AM

OK, to go along with what gfadvm said, the screws you have going through the legs aren’t going to hold because they go into the end grain of the stretcher.
To get them to work that way you’ll need to put metal rods under the stretchers to pull them tightly together.
What will happen the way it is is that with the legs splayed out at all, any downward pressure is going to try to force them apart.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#11 posted 04-07-2012 02:37 AM

Nice trash heap save. I need one of those for my bench. Looks just the right hight.

Love the sand inlays.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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#12 posted 04-07-2012 02:59 AM

Nice salvage!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 04-07-2012 04:02 AM

Way to go by salvaging them from the land fill!

I liked the idea about putting one on the shaving horse!

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

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#14 posted 04-07-2012 04:24 AM

Here is a little trick for you if you ever encounter a cross section of dowels—Lets say your dowels are 5/8”—Take a block of wood 1” thick and about 2” x 2”—cut the block into a “T” shape bore a 5/8” hole all the way through the top of the “T” then another 5/8” hole into the other leg of the “T” and insert & glue in your dowels. That’s an “Old Indian Trick”

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#15 posted 04-07-2012 07:07 AM

hey jaykaypur that’s a fine save ,good looking seat,i think a redo on the legs and that will be around for a while ,like the inlay,wish i could tell you how to do the dowel joinery on the legs but i,m learning myself but there are master on this site that would be tickled to death to show us how. you got a good eye to see the potential of the wood you saved from the trash pile good save.

  • lizardhead* i got to think a little on that trick,just got to get it straight in my mind i know that the trick will work .i looked at your build and you have built some very nice stuff.not doubting it .do you know of a video that shows this i seem to get thing better by watching and listing
    and jaykayur no disrespect intended just a thought.

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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