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02-03-2012 10:53 PM

I take no credit for the work, nor the photography………..but I love some of the ideas, easy to make, simple and the materials, …….almost free.

Gotta love imagination

old skid re-cycled into a head board, minimal tools needed, great idea

more skid material, left rough……….love it, easy project, zero (or little money needed)

Love this desk, what a great way to do a bench. Couple of doors you could likely find in a dump, ….I want one

super cheap way to do a floor, mind you, a tad extensive in the labour.

above, a simple headboard, just add some crown, paint and glaze

half of this stuff is just old skids

maybe not for everyone, but what a great way to fill a wide open space with nothing but small scraps, could be painted a rainbow of colours

an old tool box, makes a great caddy above a desk or a vanity

more re-cycled skids, a bit of rope…….

more skid, more re-cycled, free, could be painted like a box of crayons, or books or or or

ride the wave of artistic freedom

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#1 posted 02-03-2012 10:56 PM

I agree…. cool stuff!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 02-03-2012 11:02 PM

Very cool…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 02-03-2012 11:03 PM

Super ideas, I sometime find myself looking at things from differnt angles, ideas alway help, thanks.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#4 posted 02-03-2012 11:05 PM

Thanks for this, Moron. I’m stunned by that endgrain log floor. I’ve marveled at that desk before. Awesome stuff.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 02-03-2012 11:06 PM

Ideas that’s what LJs is all about.

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#6 posted 02-03-2012 11:16 PM

I always look at stuff like this and think, “wow, that’s really cool” or “artsy” or “edgy.” When I end up attempting something like that and putting it in my house, it just looks like trash.

Perhaps it’s because such pieces require an overall design scheme/context in which they make sense.

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#7 posted 02-03-2012 11:16 PM

Unfortunately, barn wood isn’t free anymore. It’s EXPENSIVE! But if you’re lucky enough to score some, these are some great ideas!

The pallet one reminded me of when I was a kid, sleeping on a stack of musty pallets behind the old grocery store. Ahhhh- memories!

I have a source for tons of old pallets. But if I made that toddler’s bed with them I’d be picking splinters out of their little hands every night! And as much as I love to see children cry, I have more serious things to pick at with my tweezers…

Live4ever- A photographer can make lots of things look great. But, as you said, in real life it ends up looking like trash. I have a niece that’s a prime example…

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#8 posted 02-03-2012 11:42 PM

Those are great pieces. Thanks for sharing the photos

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#9 posted 02-03-2012 11:54 PM


As I struggle to get my arms around the “technical” part of woodworking … now … I look at these pictures, and ask myself, “What about the creative side ?”

It’s good to have so much more to learn.

These are great. Thanks for posting them.

-- -- Neil

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#10 posted 02-03-2012 11:57 PM

Nice !

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#11 posted 02-04-2012 12:12 AM

Stumpynubs……..thats why you have to sand it, and finish i : ))

I’m no photographer but this stuff is reclaimed, was worse then any skid, choke full of nails and holes and cracks and bugs………and I’m OK with the end result

they are just ideas, simple, straight forward, inexpensive

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 02-04-2012 12:15 AM

Beautiful. Great job on those inlaid keys, too !

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 02-04-2012 12:38 AM

Dang!!! I will be guilty of design robbery.
Well done.


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#14 posted 02-04-2012 12:52 AM

Is there any really original design? I often wonder about that. As a software engineer my world is trying to creatively apply principles my father learned fifty years ago to problems that are as old as time. (Yes there are second generation software engineers). I am sure that the chariot makers in Egypt had to figure out what would sell and what wouldn’t and how many to build of what model and how much to charge and who was the best supplier of material etc. I am also sure some old guy was saying, that iPapyrus and reed will never sell.

We have been slicing wood with sharp edges for thousands of years and a box is a box is a box and the greeks figured out how to measure things in harmonious proportions and we have been stealing those ideas ever since. or words to that effect.

-- Haming it up in the 'bash.

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#15 posted 02-04-2012 01:11 AM

Stumpy, a little harsh on the niece there, aren’t you?

-- Michael: Hillary has a long list of accomplishments, though most DAs would refer to them as felonies.

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