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05-07-2009 02:42 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bed frame pine reclaimed lumber

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Hi everyone. I recently got a new bed but i am sure i can make something out of this pine frame—perhaps a bench? Any suggestions of other projects?
Also, some of the wood is staple or nail gunned into the cross pieces. Is there any way to salvage those pieces?
Thanks so much!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor


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#1 posted 05-07-2009 04:21 PM

Whatever you decide for a project calculate the usable board feet of wood that you have then proceed. Small holes can be filled, large holes can be plugged but have to know what you have first and how much wood you will need for your project.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 05-07-2009 05:18 PM

A small table,saw horses,shelves

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#3 posted 05-07-2009 08:49 PM

I think a bench is a good idea for a salvage project. As for the staples/nails, try knocking them apart with a mallet. Where you might run into trouble though is if it’s been glued as well. If so you will most likely end up breaking a chunk off one piece or the other. If you can’t knock it apart, try cutting around the staples/nails with a jig saw or sawsall. It might not hurt to invest in an inexpensive hand held metal detector and checking the rest of the wood for stray fragments. You never know.

Good luck.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#4 posted 06-02-2009 07:13 PM

Wow—i am really grateful and impressed for the speedy feedback and advise. Apologies for following up—took me a while to find an imperial measuring tape ;-)
Here are the dimensions:
74”x35 1/4” (x2)
slats—28 1/2” x3 1/2” (x10)—Chris, i think i have to cut them. They look like they’re staple-gunned in there and i have a crowbar, but i am afraid i will lose the whole piece if i use it
37”x3 1/2” (x2)
Oh, and thickness is 6/8”
Thanks!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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#5 posted 08-05-2009 10:09 AM

Thanks for all the feedback. Here is what i did with the lumber. Thanks so much!

-- 'Humility is a duty in great ones, as well as in idiots'--Jeremy Taylor

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