Recyled/Reclaimed Wood Projects: I have a question (again) but don't I always?

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06-03-2011 05:47 PM

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So right now I’m working on a recycled cedar project and I have one very simple question for those who can answer. Because its not that simple for me to answer. When you are making a recycled project and you don’t have the piece you really need, do you cheat and use new lumber or does the project have to be 100% recycled. I know its all up to my opinion but its not all recycled if you ‘cheat’.

-- M.K.

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#1 posted 06-03-2011 05:57 PM

well technically
it seems all wood is re-cycled

threes make oxygen

they are cut and make lumber

that is the beginning of the re-cycle process

after whatever life they pass as wood
they decay or are burned
they create gasses that need to be ‘cleaned’
so more trees grow
to do just that

the endless cycle
of re-cycle

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#2 posted 06-03-2011 05:59 PM

What kind of Project is it ?

Typically I only use recycled Lumber on a Recycled Piece, But If I use New Wood, I usually let the Person recieving It know.

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#3 posted 06-03-2011 06:09 PM

While Patron is technically correct in the grander sense of things, I think at the heart of it, recycling as it is thought of in modern society is keeping a resource from entering the waste stream, or recovering said resource back out of the waste stream…

So in the sense of keeping material out of waste, I would say that while it would be a cheat yes, but let’s say you are building a potting bench, and you have enough cedar for everything but maybe the stretchers, so 80+ % of the material is recycled. I would still count that as a majority recycled project.

You almost always will use SOMETHING new in a project. At the very least something like glue, or finish or something…

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#4 posted 06-03-2011 09:14 PM

Unless you’re selling it for a premium due to being made from reclaimed lumber, there’s really no wrong way to do it. I’ve made many pieces that used repurposed wood. If I have enough, I make the entire project out if it. If not, I use whatever newer wood I need. Not only does it save money, but there’s a built in history that new wood just doesn’t have.

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#5 posted 06-04-2011 07:06 AM

It may not be a 100% recycled/reclaimed project, but none the less it is made with reclaimed wood. So its made with reclaimed wood which is different from claiming it was made with recyclable materials. So your not cheating in my opinion saying its made with reclaimed lumber. If the project were made with mostly new material than reclaimed material, then I think it would be a problem.

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#6 posted 06-04-2011 07:12 AM

recycling should be a mindset, not a selling point. use a new piece of wood and know you did the best you could…

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#7 posted 06-04-2011 07:17 AM

It is not cheating. It is called necessity. Do what you have to do.

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#8 posted 06-04-2011 07:18 AM

Be honest, simply

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#9 posted 06-04-2011 03:37 PM

If I absolutely cannot “make the ends meet” so to speak with bits of recycled… Alas I must cheat :)

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#10 posted 06-04-2011 04:05 PM

Just peel a few strips of the neighbours fence when they aren,t looking ;-)

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#11 posted 06-04-2011 04:43 PM

I’m anxious to see mechanics catch on to this and give everyone old car parts, explaining they have a sense of history. :)

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#12 posted 06-04-2011 05:30 PM

ahahahaa its funny you say that john because my neighbours on one side are blind and the neighbours on my other side arent living there right now lol.

-- M.K.

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