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Cricket

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12-05-2016 10:06 PM

How often do you use reclaimed materials for your woodworking projects?

What special challenges do you have to overcome when working with reclaimed materials?

Please share pictures of some projects you have built using reclaimed wood.

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diverlloyd

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#1 posted 12-05-2016 10:21 PM

99% of all my stuff is offcuts from a local woodworking shop. all of it would be thrown out so I happy to buy it from them. They charge me what it costs them to put it on a pallet and load it up for me. So not reclaimed unless you consider it reclaimed from the trash pile.

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madts

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#2 posted 12-05-2016 10:22 PM

All the time. I even recycle my time.

—Madts.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 12-05-2016 10:24 PM

I mostly use reclaimed stuff around my house and when people ask for it.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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firefighterontheside

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#4 posted 12-05-2016 10:27 PM

My chicken coop out of 95% pallet wood.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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bandit571

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#5 posted 12-05-2016 10:37 PM

Have been known to recycle barn wood…

Resaw Oak rafters into something more usable…..once all (or almost all) the nails have been pulled…..

Or, find an old water bed frame at the curbside trash..

And make a small table. The rebate for the plywood base of the water bed was reused to make a decent glue joint.

And had enough left over for a sofa table….

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 12-05-2016 10:55 PM

Most every piece used in my shop had another purpose at one time. Some provided shade and some, nuts or fruit. So I’m just the first time recycler.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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JayT

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#7 posted 12-05-2016 10:57 PM

I use reclaimed and cutoff wood for quite a few projects.

Travelling bench was all made from dunnage

Pine plane till from the cabinets demo’d out of the kitchen during it’s remodel.

End table from old sewing machine drawers and more dunnage

A friend of mine tore down a barn on his farm and gave me some of the wood, so I’ve used it for several projects. I’ve also used quite a bit of apitong trailer decking cutoffs given to me by another member of my local woodworking guild and even browsed the firewood pile to get small pieces for projects.

Biggest challenges? In the case of the dunnage, it’s not the best wood or it would be sold as lumber, so you have to really work to find the usable sections. It also takes quite a bit to square it up and you have to watch out for embedded materials (nails, staples, rocks, etc.) For the barnwood, it’s that it is so old, weathered and dry, it can be difficult to work without falling apart.

-- In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock. Thomas Jefferson

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Bill White

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#8 posted 12-05-2016 11:22 PM

Quite often as I have a local salvager who uses the wood for excellent tables and chairs.
I raid the off cut bin from time to time.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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mudflap4869

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#9 posted 12-05-2016 11:23 PM

The majority of my projects come out of the firewood pile, or from trees that friends and neighbors have cut down. The problem is that I am running out of space to store Candy’s salvage wood.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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DirtyMike

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#10 posted 12-06-2016 12:02 AM

Only when i can get old box car planks.

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Smitty_Cabinetshop

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#11 posted 12-06-2016 12:16 AM

All the time. From simple projects

to the floor of my shop

to shop cabinets

to my workbench

and tool cabinet

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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Cricket

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#12 posted 12-06-2016 12:37 AM

I am absolutely LOVING all the pictures!

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 12-06-2016 01:00 AM

This started life as a pallet.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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Gentile

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#14 posted 12-06-2016 01:46 AM

I’ve seen some great projects made from recycled wood.
Me, I tend to be wary, I once recycled some wood from an old water bed ( remember those? ), I was ripping a piece from it, a 4×4, the saw bogged down as I ripped through a 3/8” lag bolt. The head had broken off and I didn’t know the rest of the bolt was still in the wood, I had a piece of it hanging in my shop for a while as a reminder…
A buddy of mine, long ago, picked up some bowling alley pieces, great stuff, except for the millions of nails holding the wood together. It did make cool looking kitchen counter tops…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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DirtyMike

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#15 posted 12-06-2016 01:51 AM

Yeah I have foud that bowling alley lanes are best cut with a demo blade.

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