|Project by TheeWoodShed||posted 03-05-2013 01:55 PM||2656 views||5 times favorited||22 comments|
We have a nice recycle place in our town that tear down old homes, factories or whatever one needs. But instead of filling up landfills, they go in with a team of guys and they remove the windows, doors, cabinets, flooring, tiles, fixtures etc…. I forget what the owner said but its like 80% of the house gets recycled. They also have people and factories bring them pallets. Most all are ground up into a mulch, and now they’re even creating a fuel source with the wood. But one day I was “pickin” there and found this pile of 5/4 pine boards about 8’ long. I went in and asked the owner how much… he said .75 per board… he only had 25 but I took them all. Sure they still had nails in them (but only at the ends), and a couple had staples along the edge. Well I just cut off the ends with nails and ripped down the boards with the staples… they were all 6” wide so even after removing staples, I still have a 5” clean and clear board.
Thankfully my wife loves the wood look and even the defects like knots etc. So I built her a coffee table and matching end table. I have about $3 worth of boards in both pieces. To add a little pizzaz, I decided to do a 2 part resin top… so that was the expensive part. I have about $35 in the resin for both pieces. So for less than $40 I have a beautiful coffee and end table!!!
So scratching head, what else could I make… as you can see from another project of mine, I put some more of the wood to good use and built a Morris chair with an ottoman! Gosh, you’d think it used up the remaining wood… not so fast friends… I still have six or seven boards left so now wife wants a chair to match mine! So after we get done moving into the new shop, she will get one!
This pile of scrap wood cost me $18.75. With it, I’ve made a Morris chair and ottoman, coffee table and an end table and still have enough to build another Morris chair and ottoman! All for less than $20.
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