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Forum topic by rhybeka posted 05-28-2011 01:18 PM 1490 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-28-2011 01:18 PM

Hey everybody!

I’m hoping I’m in the right spot for this question, so here goes! a few years back I took down a tiki bar in my basement (previous owner), and was thinking that I should keep the cedar shakes used to line the back wall and the front of the bar because it seemed a waste to toss them out. They don’t seem to be finished with any kind of chemical, and I’ve got a bin full of them that just needs to quit taking up space in my basement. I’m looking for suggestions on what to do with them. I thought about burning them, or maybe just posting them up on craigslist for free? but i thought if I could use them for something I might as well!


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#1 posted 05-28-2011 07:45 PM

Years ago I used them for kindling. I took them off of my 1400 square foot house. Never did find another use for them.

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#2 posted 05-28-2011 08:56 PM

They look cool on bird house roofs. There are some people around hear that make bird houses that look like old farm houses and they cut down the shakes to proportion and use them on the roof and sometimes the sides for clapboards. They can also be split and used for shims for doors and windows. Some cities have give away websites that you can post stuff and folks will take it from you if you dont want them.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 05-29-2011 03:19 AM

Is there a Craig’s list in your area? They have a free section. I use them to start my fireplace. A steady diet of them creates creosote in the chimney because they don’t get hot enough to keep it clean. They simply burn too fast.

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#4 posted 05-29-2011 04:21 AM

speaking of birdhouses, heres the one i just built and shimmed the roof out ( planed down shims)

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#5 posted 05-29-2011 04:22 AM

people will pay for decent birdhouses….ask john lol

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#6 posted 05-31-2011 03:38 PM

I’m with the bird house camp as well. I had a left over bundle I was unsure what to do with. I made bird houses and gave them to shut ins at our church. It seemed everyone wanted one. Go figure!

-- I don't make mistakes, I have great learning lessons, Greg

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