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SalvageCraft

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03-07-2012 03:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: reclaimed wood pallet upcycled reclaimed wood gloat glut gluck

In the spirit of Bertha’s famous ””Handplanes of your dreams””:http://lumberjocks.com/topics/26023 , how about a post dedicated to our favorite reclaimed wood projects, ideas, and musings?

Here’s one of my favorites built from reclaimed fir flooring and mixed pallet pieces (sorry for pic quality):




This post is brought to you courtesy of the humble pallet:

-- Jesse --


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bruc101

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 03:09 AM

That’s awesome. Love to see furniture out of reclaimed wood. We get solid surface counter top materials on large skids and have made a lot of farm table legs from the skids. Takes some time to get all the nails out of them but well worth the time and the nail holes add…character that women seem to love.

-- Bruce http://plans.sawmillvalley.org http://www.sawmillgirls.com

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 03:23 AM

My boss gave me 6 pallets couple of weekds ago. This is all I made from them SO FAR !
I like re-cycled wood. Old cedar doors are my favorite. Pallets are good too…......because its FREE !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 03:44 AM

Considering I have an endless supply of pallets available to me I am going to be watching this forum and hope it does even half as well as “handplanes of your dreams”

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 03:45 AM

Very NICE!

That’s the way to use Pallets!

Great Job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 05:02 AM

Nice wood!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 03-07-2012 08:05 AM

Hope this thread runs. Hooray for the Scavengers!!

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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Greg

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#7 posted 03-07-2012 08:51 AM

I have been a dumpster diver all of my life. It started with the need to eat, but I quickly learned that much can be gained for free if ou know what, where, and when to look, and are willing to put invest the elbow grease to make something out of someone else’s trash.

Many of my pieces of personal furniture contain much repurposed lumber that would have been otherwise tossed in the trash. Most of said wood was obtained from my employers, manufacturers who toss their scrap when it builds up too much. Here are two examples that contain high percentages of scrap wood.

First, I found a used 4×4 used to sticker an incoming lift of lumber. I noticed how heavy it was and took it home before it got tossed. It turned out to be a gorgeous, refractive piece of hardwood with a warm orange glow to it. I paired it with some pieces of ebony I had left over from another project, and voila! A christma gift for my wife. We love it, and it sits proudly on our fireplace mantle.
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The next piece is a 5 drawer chest made from old discarded mahogany doors. I literally pulled this solid Genuine Mahogany from a 40yd, dumpster at a door & window manufacturer.

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Note the pieces of dowels showing in the underside of the lid. They are kind of like battle scars.
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I made this in my early days of ww and didn’t have too many tools then. I resawed the 1.75” stiles on an old, underpowered tablesaw, then meticulously thickness planed them on a craftsman 4.125” jointer. Each of the cases’ sides you see, and some of the drawer fronts fronts too, are made up of edge glued 1.75” wide pieces! Even the mirror’s moulding was pulled from the dumpster. I rabbeted it’s back, mitered it, and there you have it.

The Vert, Grained Douglas Fir drawers sides were made & glued up in the same way as the case.
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-- You don't have a custom made heirloom fly fishing Net? http://www.Sierra-Nets.com

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#8 posted 03-07-2012 01:05 PM

very awesome projects and a gr8 way to recycle

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#9 posted 03-07-2012 04:27 PM

I love reclaimed wood. Almost all my projects are reclaimed from something. My wood store is Craigslist’s Free section. I pick up off-cutts, old furniture, you name it. It takes work, the wood is not always what you would like (but then again when is it?) and the price is awesome. And there is nothing like making an ‘awesome’ find. Like about $300 worth of mahogany and maple being thrown out by a commercial cabinet shop because they ‘need the room’. My most usefull project was made with free wood found on Craigslist. Its my workbench. It is by far my most valuable tool!

Anyway this post is about the pallet. My favorite pallet project is this toolbox I made for my son. It is being used by me now, but that was the plan. I make it, use it and then when he is ready he will take it, and whatever is in it (He is 12, I have time to give it good character).

(also see my own tribute to the wonderfull pallet)

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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SalvageCraft

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#10 posted 03-07-2012 06:20 PM

Wow! Lots of projects already! That 5 drawer chest is unbelievable. I’ll have to start digging around in the dumpsters at cabinetry and millwork shops for sure.

Tokolosi’s workbench gives me bench envy. Also, very cool to have an heirloom toolchest to hand down to your son :)

-- Jesse --

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#11 posted 03-08-2012 12:14 PM

What a great idea for a thread Jesse. Wait until Mads see this. He’s always picking up some useful wood that’s been chucked out and strapping it to his roof rack.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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mafe

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#12 posted 03-08-2012 12:46 PM

What a wonderful idea to collect the recycle posts.
And what wonderful projects you all show here.

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Pallet wood.

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Old winebox recycle.

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This one from a old parasol.

As you can see I have a soft spot for recycle, and especially for pallets, this modern throw away life hurts my cave man, so I have big joy in making my humble contribution to saving – if not the planet – then at least some wonderful wood from beeing trashed.

Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 03-08-2012 12:56 PM

I love recycled projects. As many of you know I spend a lot of time restoring vintage tools, but a good share of my wood projects come from some sort of recycled or reclaimed wood.

Here is just a few.

From a house remodel…...
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From the firewood pile
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What loggers left for firewood
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-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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canadianchips

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 01:03 PM

Britt: You made my day again. I must watch Mr Bean tooo much, Now I have visions of an Austin Mini driving throughout Europe with roof rack and “lumber piled 12ft high” going 150 kms an hour “Thinking Germany Auto bon freeway”.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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Brit

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#15 posted 03-08-2012 01:11 PM

Chips – Once when I visited Mads, I was waiting at the train station and he turned up to collect me and his roof rack was packed with wood that he’d scavenged. In Denmark, people have the opportunity to put stuf they don’t want out on the pavement and the authorities will take it away. Mads gets in first and loads up his car. Great idea.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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