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devann

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12-28-2011 08:21 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource pine

This is a thread for photos of things that have fallen to the wayside because of use, neglect, poor construction, bad choice of materials, or weren’t made to last in the first place. Then with a little wood, some TLC and they’re useful again and make for happy people everywhere.

I’d like to see if any of you LJs would share any similar photos of things that you have made into a useful item again. Remember, “Things go better with Wood”.

I was going to post this on my projects page but felt that it wouldn’t pass the criteria. I was thinking of H_Mike’s planer refurbish.


A friend wanted me to “fix” her swing like the one on my projects page. Someone had lashed eight 1×4s across the seat with a rope. The swing also still had the nylon material across the back when I got it.

A little wood, some shaping and she’s swinging again. Thank you,Y’all have a nice day.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with


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#1 posted 12-29-2011 04:52 AM

That’s a great save and should fit the ‘projects’ criteria. It bugs me to see people throw stuff away that could be fixed easily rather than replacing it with a piece of plastic junk. I have pulled a lot of stuff out of my daughter’s dumpster. It really embarasses her to see me dumpster diving but that’s half the fun!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 12-29-2011 09:25 AM

Yes, good save. Definately project page material.

steve

-- Steve in KY. 44 years so far with my lovely bride. Think I'll keep her.

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 06:53 AM

Thanks for the compliment Andy & Steve. I was remembering Horizontal Mike’s plane restoration and how it was pulled from the projects page because it wasn’t all made of wood. After all, H Mikes project was a wood working tool, this is one of those crappy swings from the big box store. I think it looks better now than it did with the cushions and web seating.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 10:23 PM

Here’s another example of old and broken and now with a little wood & work I’m hauling in the firewood. When I got this cart the handles had been cut off with a torch rendering it useless. Some spare parts, a piece of wood and it’s working like new once again.

And another view;

Sure does beat hauling firewood with a wheelbarrow.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 11:54 PM

I let my grandmother “get old and fall by the wayside”, but now that I bought her a new wheelchair, she can do the dishes and is useful again!

I love a happy ending!

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#6 posted 01-04-2012 12:15 AM

I restored a couple of items that worked out well, but I wished I had a photo of them before and after. My sister had a european goat cart that the powderpost beatles got after and ate some of it up. I re-did much of it and now looks like it used to. It was a challenge to recreate the parts but keep it looking old. I also recently had a neighbor that had a mahogany end table that had legs that were shaped like woman’s legs with cowboy boots. Someone had stepped on the toes of the boots and broke them off. I was able to restore the boot tips and it now looks pretty good. The table was from a brothel in San Francisco during the turn of the century so it was a neat antique piece.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#7 posted 01-04-2012 04:53 AM

Good job.

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 06:07 PM

Here’s something else that was made better with a little bit of wood and a piece of extruded aluminum. The ends of this level are made of plastic and at $20 a piece gets old replacing them. I learned very quickly not to let the level slam back down to a closed position. If I could just teach the help not to lay it in the back seat of the pickup truck, it doesn’t fit, armrest hit it. Have to put it behind the seat, the plastic ends would last a lot longer.

I’m happy to report that the wood/aluminum end is like a Timex, takes a licking, keeps on ticking.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 06:18 PM

Darrell, how accurate do you find that level to be at different extensions?.

I have a 4’ Empire and a 6’ “I-forget-the-brand” that have worked well for years, but I was thinking about getting one like yours.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 06:40 PM

I’ve had it for years (15+) and check it periodically with my laser and it’s stayed dead on. Of course it’s not had any rough handling after all it is a spirit level. It locks in place anywhere from 5’ to 13’ 10”. We’ve used it to plumb tall items before when it was too windy to use a plumb bob and then came back and checked it with a plumb bob and realized that the plumb bob wasn’t needed anymore. BTW, I still use the plumb bob to check my laser, it’s accurate to 1/2 the thickness of the string line at 30’ away and 20’ tall.

Dallas, I wrote a review on it a while back, here it is if you’re interseted.
http://lumberjocks.com/reviews/1956

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#11 posted 01-24-2012 01:56 AM

Thanks, I’ll check it out.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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