No Purchase Necessary: Treasure Chest via Trash

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Project by JPWoodhead posted 08-09-2012 05:11 AM 1925 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This toybox/cedar chest features 5 species of solid wood, a foreign plywood I was previously unaware of, and a tree that I played in as a child (which was also the first tree I milled by chainsaw for use in finished pieces. What do all of those components have in common? They were all free. The 3 front panels and 2 side panels are red oak butchered with hard maple (harvested from shipping skids). They are framed in yellow pine from left over framing jobs. The posts, rim for the lid, and personalized football are my hand milled american elm and the center of the lid was butchered from free shipping crates I picked up from an art dealer. The back panel is a european product known as Plyserol (also from art crates), and the cedar lining was once a picket fence. I spent roughly one month on this project, but the bulk of that time was due to me changing the design and materials layout every time I worked on the piece (one of my many neurotic pitfalls that prevent the timely completion of everything I create). Total cost of all materials used:$6.57.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 08:03 AM

Well done, Looks great…. Great price too as well as being Green.

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 08:40 AM

Well that sure out does the table I made some time back from a pallet somebody decided to throw away.

I always enjoy working with timber that is not specifically intended for the job at hand.

It must be the reward of getting a final product done from something that was destined for the tipor some other less than plesant resting place.
Its a credit to you and a example of the workmanship that is capable of producing somthing that will last possibly a little bit longer than the run of the mill composite woods.


Robert Brennan

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 10:31 AM

Great job, you’ve turned free supplies into something that is very valuable. If it wasn’t for free, or at least very cheap supplies, I’d never make anything. Those cheap supplies enable me to by some very expensive woodworking tools! I love it.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 12:57 PM

I love it. It takes real talent and a sense of use to repurpose a material and incorporate it into a new design. You sir have talent and eye. Very nice.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 03:41 PM

Made it to the last pic and I was like hey that would fit my sons room perfect. I guess I need to send my shipping address now. My cam needs one of these I just have yet to work up to doing something like this for him

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#6 posted 08-10-2012 12:55 AM

Wow. Excellent job of keeping costs down, and smart utilization of resources!

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#7 posted 08-10-2012 01:24 AM

That’s awesome, so nice to see a project that can be done for so little! You couldn’t buy anything similar for anywhere near what you paid, simply outstanding. Kudos.

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