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What to do with warped, cupped, twisted wood.

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Project by OnlyJustME posted 416 days ago 1264 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Don’t toss it in the fire pit yet.

I had a couple 1×8 pieces of mahogany from an old deck job following me around for years. It was nice wood and i couldn’t just burn it. The problem was it was so warped and twisted that i couldn’t use it for anything.
I finally found something i could use it for where it didn’t matter if it was warped or twisted or cupped. So i ripped it up, grabbed a bunch or stainless steel screws and made some tomato cages. I think they look much better than those wire things.

I made these last year so they have gone through one tomato season already and they work great. I left them with no finish and we’ll see how long it lasts. The nice thing is when they’re done for the season i break them down and tie them up into a nice tight bundle and it takes up 1/4 the space as the wire ones.

Extra care was taken to rip them since the wood was so warped. The poles are about 3/4” square and the slats are about 3/16” thick x 3/4”. Predrill the slats to avoid splitting.

Now you don’t have to throw out that old twisted board (if you want to grow tomatoes in a pot).

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?





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Dallas

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#1 posted 416 days ago

+1 Works for me!

I never toss warped, twisted or even wormy wood…. Unless the wife starts up with me, Then I have to make her happy.

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

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Bricofleur

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#2 posted 416 days ago

Who would waste wood? Great use. Congrats.

Best,

Serge

http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

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Picklehead

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#3 posted 416 days ago

The funny part is that the wood will probably straighten itself out in that environment, if for no other reason than just to piss you off. Good work.

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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chrisstef

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#4 posted 416 days ago

Good salvage OJM. Got them maters started good and early too!

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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Prplhrtjarhead

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#5 posted 416 days ago

I just did the very same thing today with some “scraps” I get from work; pines and occasionally some oaks, used between pieces of steel sheets in transit. Although, I built mine to just sit over the Grow Box containers. They sell something akin to what I made for about $10-15 I think. My cost today? Whatever my time is worth to me plus some staples and 1 5/8” finish nails. A dollar?

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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waho6o9

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#6 posted 416 days ago

Nice work OJM!

No cross pieces in the larger pot? I think that’s a good idea
to have them there as well.

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OnlyJustME

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#7 posted 416 days ago

It’s under enough tension to keep it all from moving. It wasn’t necessary last year and i ran out of slats any way.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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waho6o9

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#8 posted 416 days ago

Yeah buddy

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Prplhrtjarhead

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#9 posted 416 days ago

Took a quick picture…

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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OnlyJustME

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#10 posted 416 days ago

Nice going JarHead. Way to think outside the pot. Watchya growing?

As i mentioned I got the wood from an old deck job and the screws were actually left over from another job so my cost was the time to do it.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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Hawaiilad

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#11 posted 416 days ago

Great Idea… I also do not like those wire cages the wife buys…might have to dig out some of those used boards and go to work on them.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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Prplhrtjarhead

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#12 posted 415 days ago

I’ve got some tomato plants, bell peppers, jalapenos, cukes, strawberries, butternut squash, gourds, a few others. I’m making the rest of the trellises tonight. I’ve been buying the Grow Boxes for a couple years, they work well and most importantly, they are more mobile then the deer who ate freely in my gardens in the past.

-- "We'll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we'll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness." R. Reagan, "The Speech", 1964

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Sodabowski

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#13 posted 413 days ago

That’s almost exactly what I did last month with several warped pieces, I built a small greenhouse with them!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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