Old furniture as a wood source?

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Forum topic by tcoldewey posted 03-31-2009 06:12 AM 923 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-31-2009 06:12 AM

Just wondering what everyone thought about using old furniture as a wood source. With the high cost of wood and lack of quality in the large stores, I am tempted whenever i see someone selling a solid wood piece of furniture (desk, wall unit, table, etc) for cheap because it has a scratch or something. Seems like I could save some bucks once I cut it up and strip whatever finish is on it.

-- Terry

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#1 posted 03-31-2009 06:15 AM

seems reasonable.

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#2 posted 03-31-2009 06:22 AM

Done it before. But you are limited to projects smaller than the original piece and you will waste a bit. I once turned a chair into a jewelery box. Next time I will restore the piece and sell it for a profit so I can just buy wood, it,s easier.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-31-2009 06:38 AM

I was thinking about the same thing this evening. I’m very interested in what others have to say about this subject.

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#4 posted 03-31-2009 06:49 AM

I recycled my son’s toddler bed into drawer boxes. It was made of solid ash with very few holes where mechanical fasteners were originally located so there was little waste.

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#5 posted 03-31-2009 02:45 PM

I look on all the time in the FREE section and while not a lot there are usually things that I can use (wood stuff) and now that I am retiring I will be looking even harder for deals .(like Free)

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#6 posted 03-31-2009 05:37 PM

I’ve gone to second hand stores and picked up old waterbed frames. Great source of wood

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#7 posted 03-31-2009 05:49 PM

sounds a good idea to me….
Even the wood used many years ago in construction is very expensive today and could be a good source as well

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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