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Jess

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07-01-2016 07:27 PM

Topic tags/keywords: redwood diy

Hello! Love this site! I Need help! My husband redid his mom’s fence but now we have 300+ pieces of redwood fence boards. Each 12-18 inches long. Some are rounded at the top and some are not. He was going to dump them but I refused to let him do that! I know I can put them to use… But I’m stumped. Was thinking planter boxes but how boring…! I’d love to come up with something garden related, wood wall or fence decor, planters, etc… I am moderately skilled and have my own power tools :)

Please give me some ideas!

Thanks in advance!


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UpstateNYdude

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#1 posted 07-01-2016 07:33 PM

You could make boxed shelves to hang off the fence. You could also weave the pieces into different shapes as a retaining type wall for plant beds.

Just a couple ideas, good luck.

-- Nick, "Choking to death on bacon is like getting murdered by your lover." - JG

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 07-01-2016 08:48 PM

In my opinion, don’t limit yourself to outdoor projects. Yes it’s great out there, but if it can be made with wood, it can be made with redwood. Search different redwood furniture and see what you like. Also, don’t let your perception of your skill level hold you back. Forcing yourself to try new things is the best way to learn.

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#3 posted 07-01-2016 08:51 PM

Try ripping them lengthwise and cutting a matching angle on the straight side, than you can make short picket for a boundary fence. I’ve done several like that from cedar fencing.

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#4 posted 07-01-2016 10:05 PM

Garden edging, probably like Bob suggested. Or birdhouses. Shingle a shed. Arts and crafts for the kids.

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JBrow

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#5 posted 07-02-2016 02:13 AM

Jess

If you have a concrete patio and would like to dress it up a bit, the red wood could be used to make interlocking decking squares. The red wood could be squared up and cut to consistent widths and length. The red wood could be fastened to a pair of pressure treated 1 x strips to form decking squares that could then be laid directly on the concrete. Laying the decking squares so that the red wood strips run perpendicular to those on the adjacent squares would create an interesting herringbone style pattern. With a little design work, the decking squares could be made to interlock. Since these are laid in place, should you every move, the decking squares can go with you.

For a better idea of what I am suggesting look at…

https://www.google.com/search?q=Interlocking+Outdoor+Deck+Tiles%E2%80%8E+images&biw=1366&bih=618&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi9rKb02dPNAhUC_R4KHYubBB8QsAQISQ

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devann

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#6 posted 07-02-2016 03:08 AM

How about bird feeders? They’re about the right size to build bluebirds houses. Or you can make a table top, small, around 31” diameter, or those are large enough for a top around 60” diameter.

Here’s you some pictures for ideas.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/48829

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/42304

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#7 posted 07-02-2016 03:26 AM

With 12×18 inch boards now is the time for you to start moving forward with your woodworking skills. I have seen some beautiful keepsake boxes, shelves, wall cabinets. kitchen aids, scroll saw projects, etc. made out of Redwood. Don’t take them to the yard just yet. Find some patterns in the internet and get started on some awesome projects with those boards.

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BobAnderton

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#8 posted 07-02-2016 01:29 PM

Yeah, you could make lots of different kinds of boxes. Doug Stowe is a box maker and author who does a great job of step by step tutorials on how to make different types of boxes, including how to make the jigs and fixtures involved. I think “Basic Box Making” is his most popular book.

-- Bob Anderton - Austin, TX - Nova 3000 lathe, Alaskan Mark III mill, Husqavarna Saw

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