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Forum topic by Neodogg posted 03-02-2012 01:24 AM 1823 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-02-2012 01:24 AM

I have been collecting treated 4×4’s cut offsranging 2 to 2.5 ft long. I’ve been doing a lot of fencing for the horses. I have over 30 of these cut offs. I don’t really want to burn them, I didn’t know if anyone has a great idea of what to do with them. I was thinking about slicing them up and making some wine racks. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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#1 posted 03-02-2012 01:28 AM

I wouldn’t make anything out of treated lumber that you intend to keep inside the house. Not really sure what you can do with the lumber that size. Maybe use them in the landscaping somehow?

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#2 posted 03-02-2012 02:02 AM

I was going to say use them in a soldier course to define a planting bed.

Looks like I DID say that!!!

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#3 posted 03-02-2012 06:21 PM

I’m not sure you have enough wood, but one thought would be to cut them into 2” slices and use them as a flooring material, setting them in a chess board pattern. Factories and shipyards have used this type of construction for floors because of the heavy loads they can handle. If a block is damaged, it can easily be replaced with a new one. The ones used in shipyards were much thicker, 4 to 6” set in a sand bed. Maybe you have an outdoor shed where you could employ this type of floor.

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#4 posted 03-02-2012 07:08 PM

I’ve used some as risers when clamping, weights on glue ups….don’t recommend heavy cutting/shaping/sanding or burning as chemicals used to make them not good to breath.

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#5 posted 03-02-2012 07:36 PM

Do not make wine racks with them. Treated wood is recommended for use in outdoor settings only and I would not recommend burning it as generally, depending on the treatment, it will release arsenic into the air. Treated dimensional lumber contains metals as the active ingredient of the treatment – copper, arsenic, etc. Throw your wood in the trash.

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#6 posted 03-02-2012 09:54 PM

This might be an option. It would more than likely placed by someones front door outside.

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#7 posted 03-03-2012 03:58 AM

planter boxes? garden bench? i’d say look through a couple project books that include outdoor projects and find something there

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#8 posted 03-04-2012 02:41 PM

Whatever you do with them, consider what they might/will do to your cutting tools. Treated lumber requires stainless steel, or galvanized screws to avoid the chemicals eating the fasteners. Your knives and blades are not likely up to the harsh chemical exposure. I have a couple of old saw blades I use just for treated. I hate to waste anything, but with treated shorts, I really just let it go.

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#10 posted 03-04-2012 03:02 PM

I wouldn’t want to expose the birds to that crap!

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#11 posted 03-04-2012 06:18 PM

Lawn Jinga!

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#12 posted 03-04-2012 06:52 PM

What Ron said…

Here in Michigan the older auto plants had block floors: one inch of two inch ends of 4×4 for as far as the eye could see. These floors would absorb spills and were not slippery. Fit tight together and held in place with edging they would last a long time.

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#14 posted 03-05-2012 01:17 AM

Lawn Jenga! Fantastic idea there PRGDesign, you might be onto something! The boss has said something about squaring them up and doing some boarder paths or putting them in the woods to stop some of the mud/erosion.

justinwdemoss – I do clean my blades after cutting treated. I’ve got plenty of fasteners for treated wood for all the fencing.

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