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This is an off cut of an old electricity cross beam. The timber is tallow wood – usually I like to use the external old patina but with this one the tallow wood is so beautiful I turned it over. I hand sanded and coated with a acrylic clear coat, used the old bolts, sanded them back and then placed the insulators on top – I sold this one and have 4 more underway – I am excited there there was no waste what so ever. Am having fun!

-- Terina C





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PASs

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#1 posted 765 days ago

Terina, I like your concept, repurposing is better than just recycling.

-- Pete, "It isn't broken, you just aren't using it right."

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TerinaC

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#2 posted 765 days ago

Thanks Pete – I am just having so much fun “in the Zone” and am finding my imagination is running a bit beyond my skill level – let alone my tool level ha ha ha hah a

-- Terina C

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#3 posted 765 days ago

I am also loving the surprise on peoples faces when it dawns on them where they started. The challenge has been fitting the 9 foot beams in my VW polo, with insulators and some copper wire still attached, then getting the old bolts undone – I just am lovin it all :) Thanks again for the encouragement – Terina C

-- Terina C

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#4 posted 765 days ago

Terina, A belated welcome to LumberJocks. What a cool project to bring some thing no longer used to a new purpose. We still have an area nearby that still has these poles up. Perhaps I will have to think about getting one.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#5 posted 765 days ago

Terina Well done great repurposing and making a dollar or two Regards Tambotie

-- Africa is not for sissies

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#6 posted 765 days ago

Thanks Chris – I have become a part of Australias’ Beer Economy – I manage to “collect” the cross beams with a bit of help from the guys who work on them – the timber is stunning and since it has lasted 100 years in the weather – I am sure it will last another 100 – in Oz we are only now changing them to fibreglass – kinda glad we are :) And thanjs Tamboti

-- Terina C

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#7 posted 765 days ago

Terina, welcome to LJ and really like your recycling approach to woodworking. I just hope those people who’s electricity is out feel the same way. LOL Do you find these things on the side of the road? Insulators

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#8 posted 765 days ago

Hi Pat – most of the insulators have been found in junk shops – I live in a rural area and there are lots of old farms (ok old for Australia) and farmers keep everything LOL

The timber I have been scavenging as the electricity company is replacing many of them now with fibreglass here – I basically pull my car over and ask the foreman if I can have them – because currently the policy is to dump them (EEEEKKK!) Sometimes I get them for cake and sometimes beer – depending on the crew – and as most of the insulators are dated they are really cool – and it adds to the authenticity and age of the end product – so far the most it has cost me is a carton of beer (called the beer economy here) at $36 for just over a tonne of timber with the insulators stilll on them. The insulators can be a bit challenging to get off as many of the bolts are rusted – but so far nothing that WD40 hasnt worked its magic on and then I have to cut the left over copper wire off which I recycle – so it has been fantastic :)

-- Terina C

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