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Blog entry by Tim Pletcher posted 1653 days ago 1315 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I work for a company that creates (extrudes) plastic lumber and builds outdoor furniture from it. We also sell lumber directly to consumers, however I personally am fascinated by our plastic lumber and I really want some good ideas of what to make out of it…

Here’s its benefits and or options available:
...Pro’s:

-Extremely Durable but not rigid
-endures sun / rain / salt water/
-is made from recycled products and is itself infinitely recyclable (ok, so that’s an abstract benefits)
-lots of colors available
-lasts forever
-easy to cut, and work with in general (hard to sand though! no new finish options :)
-not really that expensive (about 2 to 3 times the cost of wood (...ok, so that’s a little expensive))

Cons:

-its really not pretty. just very functional. ...and good looking in a plastic way :)
PolyWood Adirondack Chair

PolyWood Furniture

PolyWood Plastic Lumber

-- http://plasticlumber.timpletcher.com/



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Tim Pletcher

88 posts in 1677 days


#1 posted 1653 days ago

FYI: I’m looking for outdoor applications… bird houses? mailbox’s… other ideas???

-- http://plasticlumber.timpletcher.com/

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Fireguy

132 posts in 1838 days


#2 posted 1653 days ago

What do you mean by not ridgid? Also what type of sizes are avalible and is the color thru the material or just on the surface?

-- Alex

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Tim Pletcher

88 posts in 1677 days


#3 posted 1653 days ago

By not rigid I mean that there is considerable “flex” to this material. it isn’t as stiff as wood is :)
The color is solid, all the way through.

-- http://plasticlumber.timpletcher.com/

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Gpops

245 posts in 2047 days


#4 posted 1653 days ago

Glue together or screw together? Describe considerable flex. I was thinking about a replacing oak bench slats now heavy 1×3 about 4 ft. long. Need support?

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Tim Pletcher

88 posts in 1677 days


#5 posted 1653 days ago

yes, that would need either a metal reinforcement or center support of some kind. for example the longest of these benches by polywood are reinforced by a steel bar

-- http://plasticlumber.timpletcher.com/

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Bob Areddy

177 posts in 2005 days


#6 posted 1653 days ago

I don’t know if it’s the same stuff, but I bought fabricated decking material from Home Depot and replaced some slats on a rod iron bench that I garbage picked. The bench just sits on my porch. Perfect use for this stuff.

-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood

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Tim Pletcher

88 posts in 1677 days


#7 posted 1651 days ago

a little different plastic mix, decking material is a little tougher than HDPE (high density poly Etheline)

-- http://plasticlumber.timpletcher.com/

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