Equipment gloat--Cabinets from local school

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Forum topic by Durnik150 posted 08-02-2009 04:13 AM 1251 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-02-2009 04:13 AM

It’s good to be married to a teacher, especially in this instance. I got a call from the LOML while she was at work. The school day care had received some new cabinets to replace some older ones and needed to get rid of the old ones to make room. My wife, always the smarter of the two of us, called me to see if I might be able to use them in the shop. ABSOLUTELY!!

I drove up there only to discover that these cabinets were huge!! They were each 4’ wide and 5 1/2” tall and were on heavy duty casters. They were also 27” deep and had 5 shelves inside. The only drawback was that they each weighed about 350 pounds!! After much lifting tugging and assistance from others I was able to get two of them in the back of my truck. I was hoping to take all three but there was no way they were going to fit.

I will either insert or post another message with a couple of pictures. I will have to take out one of my wall benches in the garage but the increased storage will more than compensate for the bench space I will lose. I pretty much used the one bench for storage anyway so there won’t be any loss of workspace.

I would encourage anyone who needs this type of workspace to get in touch with their local schools and get on the good side of the maintenance person or a teacher. You never know when you might luck into this type of great situation!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#1 posted 08-02-2009 04:15 AM

good find

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#2 posted 08-02-2009 04:33 AM

Here’s a photo of the cabinets.

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#3 posted 08-02-2009 04:44 AM

Nice cabinets, I am sure you will find something to put in them.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#4 posted 08-02-2009 04:46 AM

Nice looking cabinets and great price! I’m sure you’ll get lots of use out of them.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#5 posted 08-02-2009 08:16 AM

Those are awesome. A well deserved gloat.

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#6 posted 08-02-2009 09:30 AM

WOW…nice score !!!!! LOTS of storage there !!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#7 posted 08-02-2009 09:44 AM

congrats on this great find after seeing the picture of these cabinets i have to say they look like the ones i deliver to schools for my work. if they are they were built by a company by the name of LSI and i can attest to their sturdiness. can also tell you that if i told you how much the school payed for them you would have one of 3 reactions 1) you’d chock on your tongue and say how great my luck or 2) holy cow how dare they waste my tax money just to give these away. Or my favorite 3) I’m in the wrong dang business. At any rate they are a top notch cabinet that I’m sure you’ll have many years or good use out of congrats

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#8 posted 08-02-2009 01:49 PM

Fantastic find. I’ll have to try that one myself.

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#9 posted 08-02-2009 05:11 PM

Great find!!!!!

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#10 posted 08-02-2009 05:49 PM

What a great recyling story. Better stay on the schools good side and most importantly your wifes. PS my friend Ryan Partridge was able to get a large storage cabnet from his old High School as well. Keep up the communication Charles.

-- I get out to the shop when Ryan lets me. Arggggggggggg

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#11 posted 08-02-2009 08:46 PM

I have been on the good side of our school for a while. I few years ago I got 14 very nice 4’ florecent lights with bulbs-T8’s-because they were upgrading to a new system. A couple years before that they replaced all their bleachers, and as long as I helped take apart the old ones I could keep the wood. All of the wood was 1’4 sawn fir, the only bad thing was that we took and piled a lot of the wood outside and we were going to load it when we got a section done, some %$#* stole it. The good thing is that there was a whole bunch more, about 150bf. I made some projects and still have some of the wood left. Sure now that I am done with school I get along with it;)

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