Working with recycled timber #49: OSB Ute Box

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-22-2015 03:39 AM 820 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I had to get moving on this project due to my original box just about expiring.

The OSB is part of the Smiths packing crate I hauled home, I have never worked with this material before so it was all a learning exercise for me as well!

The markings on the OSB indicate Norbord Sterling OSB2 so it should be OK.

The replacement box is slightly bigger due to maximising the OSB sheet dimensions I had.

First up I cut all the sections needed

I may not use the narrow strips but I am not sure yet. These was cut as a direct copy from the original.

I rebated all the pieces and used my corner clamps and an “Occy” strap to hold the frame together and left it overnight for the glue to dry.

I then fitted the base and left it overnight to dry, I did have to resaw it due to forgetting the rebate made the overall size smaller.

I then fitted the inside with quad, and as I had some moulding I had made some time ago which was “just lying about” I decided to use it as well.

The moulding was a series of short lengths so I had to join them in a couple of places.

The narrow strips in the cut list I replaced with thicker material under the box as standoffs. The remainder were for the ends and side trim.

This is as far as I have progressed today.

A closing shot of the frame sitting on the existing box.

-- Regards Robert

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#1 posted 08-22-2015 12:59 PM

2 years ago I worked in a building that made OSB.
ALL the office furniture and counters in front office were made from OSB.
I had never thought much of that material until I saw those desks.
The guy also made a large conference table using same material layered to 2” thickness.
I WISH I WOULD have taken pictures.
Apperently over the years the glues were changed to waterproff resins. The OSB now is much better than 30 years ago.
I really like the stuff you are making from re-cycled material.

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#2 posted 08-22-2015 10:01 PM

Hello canadianchips.

OSB from my knowledge has only began to be used in Australia from the last 10 maybe years, quite strange since its invention in 1963, Its certainly used extensively in buildings in europe but not so much here, pity.

As I mentioned in my post I have never used/worked with it before, although I had seen it, (and thought it looked like rubbish) I guess time will tell.
The plywood box I was using in my open back ute was from the jointer I bought a couple of years ago.
When I brought the OSB home I did some extensive research on it, as a learning exercise for information as to its useability.
It has a varied following from, “would never use it” to people like yourself who have had practical experience with it. I decided to use it and see for myself and form an opinion based on its application and time.

Its only a Ute box and I expect it will fall apart in time, much the same as the plywood one, but it was free and education journery in the process and I needed a new one!

-- Regards Robert

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