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04-07-2014 12:04 AM

Topic tags/keywords: recycling reuse

I snagged these from someone’s trash, probably was a futon frame. I have no idea what type of wood, maybe birch or some type of maple, but it was too good for the dump. But I have no idea what to make from a bunch of slats and some of you guys are good at this sort of thing. Any ideas (besides a futon frame) jump to mind?

-- Rick M,

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 12:31 AM

Yes maple or birch.

Modify the frame as needed to make an outdoor or indoor day bed/lounger (if outdoor, only put it out as needed in good weather) and add ikea 2-3 sofa cushions as needed.

Otherwise, run that through the table saw inside of the rails and store away the pieces for future projects (maple is usually pricey at retail), however they will have a lightly sprayed-on water-based clear coat on them you will have to deal with later.

Or leave it outside for a year, distress/finish as desired and do the ‘decorative ladder’ thing:

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 12:36 AM

Yep, plan is to take it apart and reuse the slats.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 12:40 AM

It looks like a good spacers for wood storage.


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#4 posted 04-07-2014 12:41 AM

Drying racks come to mind if you do a lot of finishing.

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 01:00 AM

I vision bench legs. The slats would make good tool storage.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 03:12 PM

Is it solid? i have two separate futons frames that are veneered (one jatoba one maple). the pieces were then “filled” with multiple pieces glue together. They looked great and were very solid at first but totally aren’t.

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

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 03:31 PM

They look solid.

edit, my reply reminded me of that line from Pitch Black where Vin Diesel says, “It looks clear,” right before a horde of monsters fly at them. Hopefully this doesn’t turn out that way.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 03:51 PM

Laminate the slats and boards for a bench top bench.

Or make a french-cleat system for your work area.

-- ian | "You can't stop what's coming. It ain't all waiting on you. That's vanity."

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 04:06 PM

shampeon, has a good idea for laminating the pieces but then cut the lamination into cubes for an endgrain cutting board … or two!

Another idea, make some lamination for legs and use some other slats for a bathroom bench … which I have on my to do list for quite some time. Something to sit on after a shower/bath for comfortably dry your feet, put on your socks, etc.! showing my age to some extent.

Thirdly, how about a window lattice, a small lattice that can be put in a window for decorative purposes. The slats could be used as is or cut down for some scale.

And, lastly, how about a couple of good size rivets leaving the slats full width … or not.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 04:12 PM

Great ideas. It would make a nice lower shelf for a bench while letting sawdust fall through. Or maybe a wall rack of some kind but would need some reinforcement as the slats are only stapled in place. My wife liked the lounger idea <g> but really don’t have a space for it. Also considering planing the edges and gluing together to make a box or small chest. edit: more good ideas Hans.

-- Rick M,

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 05:16 PM

Rick, the last suggestion was auto uncorrected, it should have been trivets, NOT rivets!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#12 posted 04-29-2014 11:24 AM

If you cut it in half, add a few boards, you got yourself a very nice drying rack for doors, or anything that is flat for drying

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#13 posted 04-29-2014 04:37 PM

It just screams “blue ladder” to me.

Though you could make an orange one I guess.

But seriously, if it were me, I would render the lumber down into boards and stow it until inspiration knocked.

Right now, I’m in a table mood so all lumber looks like it should be a table.

Great find, though. Lucky duck.

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#14 posted 04-30-2014 06:11 AM

I might make a wood door mat like the one Steve Ramsey made a few years back.

-- Rick M,

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