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Working with recycled timber #4: Recovering / repairing or breaking down wood

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 383 days ago 958 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: When you are onto something really good Part 4 of Working with recycled timber series Part 5: Some Recycled furniture Timber and Perils of Foreign Objects »

There are lots of furniture items about which end up in a street clean up.

I saw a blue painted set of drawers which appeared on vacant block near me some time ago, I didn’t take much notice of it but just watched it.

It didn’t move for a couple of days so I went over and checked it out, when I opened a drawer I saw it was assembled using blind dovetails in it so I decided to bring it home.

Once I got it back home and had a good look at it was worthwhile sanding the paint off.

So I set to work,

About 2 hours later this was the result.

There were a few handles missing but it scrubbed up reasonably well
I don’t know what the timber is but its possibly a pine specis.

This is a shot of the dovetails I saw that encouraged me to recover it and see what it was

I missed taking a good before picture mainly because it didn’t think it was something to report on.
But I left the back panel in its original found condition, the photo is a bit dark, but you may possibly see how it was.

Here is a shot of the top.

All that was required to return it to the condition seen in the photos was a 1/2 sheet sander, a screwdriver to remove the handles and a scraper to clean out the profile sections.

A rare effort I would think some paint jobs are just too much work.

This was what I would call a gem of a find, and doesn’t happen often, as most furniture that gets disposed off is usually only Particle board based or MDF.

So there you go sometimes there is not a lot of work required to recover wood back to its original condition but I guess its the exception in this case.

Next I will show the process in breaking down some timber shelving we removed from a house reno and the steps I took to return the timber back to useable stock.

-- Regards Robert



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#1 posted 383 days ago

Nice save

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#2 posted 382 days ago

Great save. Looks more like pecan/hickory to me. I don’t see the dents and dings I would expect with a softer wood. You did a super job on this! I would have seen the paint and passed.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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