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What to do with warped, cupped, twisted wood.

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Project by OnlyJustME posted 06-02-2013 08:13 PM 1314 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 06-02-2013 08:17 PM

+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 06-02-2013 08:42 PM

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 06-02-2013 10:17 PM

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 06-03-2013 12:32 AM

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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#5 posted 06-03-2013 03:34 AM

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 06-03-2013 03:40 AM

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 06-03-2013 04:35 AM

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 06-03-2013 04:52 AM

Yeah buddy

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Prplhrtjarhead

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 05:04 AM

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 06-03-2013 05:52 AM

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 06-03-2013 08:58 AM

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 06-03-2013 11:41 PM

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 06-05-2013 12:19 PM

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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