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Working with recycled timber #53: Flooring becomes a Table top...I hope

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 05-20-2016 10:21 PM 826 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 52: Edna's Kitchen Benches staining and sealing Part 53 of Working with recycled timber series Part 54: Flooring Table top Making the Modules »

You may have seen the Kiefers KKO Box I made from some flooring offcuts.
Well I collected a couple more tubs of Blackbutt offcuts at the next visit.
They were all about 295 mm and smaller in length, and were going to be dumped/burnt.

So setting to work.

I resawed the ones which were about 295mm square and then reduced them to an overall length of 270mm each with the view to making a outdoor table top.

The shorter ones less than 270mm became half sections at 135mm for the pattern.

The existing table top you see under the material was made from Craftwood and MDF it was originally a torsion bench design and had a wood finish contact applied over it.

It may have looked OK originally but when it got wet it turned to cardboard held together with the plactic!
Definately not a weather proof design.

Once I had everything layed out I then substituted pieces to attempt to match the grain and colour features.

Here is a close up of what I was attempting to blend out, or in along with any defects, by substituting pieces which match.
This took quite a bit of time “fiddling” and resulted in religating about 30% to the waste bin as rejects.

I collected the table from kerbside rubbish and am thinking maybe it should have stayed there, as I am making progress but it slow and I get splinters every time I touch it.

The timber:-

I dont know the exact name but is an Australian Hardwood Gum variety, of which I will ask the common name for and add it to the build information as it progresses.

Ed Note 28 May2016 The timber is Blackbutt

The splinters:-
The splinters get a mention also, I do know the splinters although small are so painful you need to stop to remove them to continue work undistracted!

It may go back on the kerb when completed! we shall see!

-- Regards Robert



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#1 posted 05-20-2016 11:23 PM

May the bluebird of happiness find your table, and fly over, peacefully, without incident.

-- Mark

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#2 posted 05-20-2016 11:28 PM

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 05-21-2016 12:25 AM

Very good Robert!

Well, are you getting paid for the time you’re spending on it?
... or is the time spent on this taking you away from a PAYING job?
If both answers are NO, then feel free to spend as much time on it as you so desire… because it’s fun to make something out of nothing. LOL

Are you using (or will you be using) tongue & groove joinery on sides & ends to keep it snugly in place?
... if not, what?

Reminds me of when I glued a bunch of Plywood cutoffs together to make larger sheets… shop cabinets, etc.
... was fun to do… sorting to get Like Thicknesses together… playing in putting it together was like working a puzzle…

I think you’re doing GREAT getting things all together… Will end up to be a very nice Conversation piece of Table top! COOL!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#4 posted 05-21-2016 02:07 AM

I was just having a cup of coffee and checking emails, so I thought had best reply:

Mark and JoeinGa

With all the birds I feed in the yard I am sure they will manage to christen it and spread the love, as they do with the chairs washing and autos as a sign of their grattitude.

Joe Lyddon

Its a self amusment activity resulting from roadside junk and scrap the kerb provided the table and my mate building a new home the timber off cuts, which were destinied for burn or dump, a waste of what would have been some expensive timber originally

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 05-21-2016 02:18 AM

I was just having a cup of coffee and checking emails, so I thought had best reply:

Mark and JoeinGa

With all the birds I feed in the yard I am sure they will manage to christen it and spread the love, as they do with the chairs washing and autos as a sign of their grattitude.

Joe Lyddon

Its a self amusment activity (apart from the splinters) resulting from roadside junk and scrap the kerb provided the table and my mate building a new home the timber off cuts, which were destinied for burn or dump, a waste of what would have been some expensive timber originally.
Construction: I will simply glue the T&G together and biscuit joint the top frame sides on and clamp it.
Once that is dry I will edge saw the edges at 90 degs and do the same for th edge frame top.
with a wider section of wood then add a second edge overlaping the T&G boards and edge to provide the thickness.

To provide any additional rididity a center piece will run length ways under the T&G boards glued and screwed in place.
Thats the plan anyway!

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 05-21-2016 09:39 PM

Not sure what happened here with the double post, I added the thank you reply at 1207.
Finished my coffee and went to check it for errors before I went back to work.
The reply was definately not there! odd I thought, maybe I didnt completed the Post this Comment.
So I did it again at 1218 trying to remember exactly what I said.
Then today I see they are both there, Tried to fix it but I am unable to edit either one.
Sure enough there are differences in the text but hopefully you will get the gist of my reply.

PS I also noticed original posting errors, the text did not coincide with the pictorial dimensions shown in chalk so I edited the numbers to match.

-- Regards Robert

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#7 posted 05-21-2016 09:49 PM

Robert...

You must be getting OLD…

It seems that THAT type of thing happens to me quite often! LOL

Bottom Line: Getting OLD is the PITTS! :)
... at the end of this month, I hope to reach the Big 8… That is OLD!

Don’t worry about it… there isn’t much you can do about it… :)

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 05-25-2016 02:37 PM

Great to use those cut-offs. I am just wondering how it will go with them out in the weather. Mayber your climate there will not be a problem.

Wow, what beautiful, colorful birds you have there Robert. My wife and I enjoy the birds in our garden and we feed them in winter and early spring, but they are certainly not as interesting as yours.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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