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justholler

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601 days ago

Since I’m in the process of getting my shop more efficient with work top space, shelving, out feed table and an assortment of other things, I have to be frugal. Being fairly new I recently built a cabinet and was floored at just what the price of European hinges cost…and how bout those drawer slides huh? While at Goodwill yesterday, being drug there by the wife, I found a bunch of old (maybe early 80’s) desks. Then the light went off in my head…for the price of this one desk it would pay me to de-construct it and salvage the 3 pairs of drawer slides, one of which is a 22” full extension and will hold some weight since it was a file drawer. As you can see from the pics I think I made out real good. Probably 100 good screws, couple drawer bottoms, two threaded inserts for feet levelers, some fairly good potentional table top material, maybe some sides for my new base cabinets, three drawers, and a few salvageable pieces of oak. My next quest…European hinges on ratty looking cabinets (trust me they are out there cause I’ve already picked up a pair “dumpster divin.” ). I really need more feet levelers for the out feed table too. Help me out…what other kind of things have you folks salvaged out someone else’s junk? BTW. The desk cost $10!

-- Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most..... Twain


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BentheViking

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#1 posted 600 days ago

this reminds me that i gotta go pick up a dresser for my wife tomorrow at goodwill

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

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Loren

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#2 posted 600 days ago

European hinges are actually pretty cheap if you buy from
industry suppliers. If you buy them from hardware stores
or hobby woodworking retailers they are marked up
enormously.

I salvage hardware too if the opportunity is there and
I have the time.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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BentheViking

1752 posts in 1198 days


#3 posted 600 days ago

ikea sells blum hinges for like $10 a pair i think and the soft close guides for $5 a pair

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

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Tedstor

1369 posts in 1267 days


#4 posted 600 days ago

An 18” Veritas Vise Screw NIB for $5
Millers Falls 6” Combo Square $3

Thats bout it. I actually quit going to my local Habitat for Humanity Restore when I learned that one of the employees was running a rather successful ebay/craigslist venture on the side.

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JoeinGa

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#5 posted 600 days ago

For 10bucks a desk like that could easily be converted into an assembly table, or a table/cart for any kind of tool (radial arm saw, miter saw, drill press, you name it). Adding casters wouldnt be too hard so it could be moved about in a shop. Good thinking and good bargain!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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justholler

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#6 posted 600 days ago

There was a conference table right next to this that I might go back and get for an assembly table. The main reason I got this (other than the needs mentioned) was it just had arrived the same day. Had it been there for a few weeks I might have held off and looked around. NC seems to be the land of Goodwill and this place is especially cheap because it is an “outlet”. There are 4 more desks just like this with the added bonus of an L wing and two additional drawers for $15.

-- Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most..... Twain

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lew

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#7 posted 600 days ago

In-Line Skates. The wheels make great Steady Rest wheels.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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