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Blog entry by Buckethead posted 07-07-2013 12:11 AM 2055 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have just endured a couple long days at a retail remodel job I’m working on. I’ll spare the details, save this:

These were part of display tables which had been discarded after the store had received new fixtures. The tops were actually attractive, but were veneered MDF, and I didn’t have the capacity to transport and store too much anyway.

The legs… Solid hard maple. Not glue ups… But solid:

I got 8 of these and 8 smaller, different ones.

And some drawer hardware from som fragrance showcases:

There will be miles of these by the time this job is over.

Here is the yield of the skirts/aprons. All true 4/4+ already planed and jointed:

Oh yeah! And these scraps from a valance… Prefabricated sleds, HPL already on board, just awaiting rails and a purpose:

I will say this: Salvaging materials while I’m working is difficult. The pressure to perform is high. Removing hardware is not an efficient way to dispose of old casework, for example. Summoning the motivation to jump into a dumpster and dismantle tables is also a task in and of itself. So many miles of usable, even valuable stock of various types have I seen hauled away to the landfill.

I’m glad I mustered enough energy to grab these few things today.

There will be literally tons of various MDF/HPL stock and cabinetry headed out the door next week. Much pressure to meet deadlines. Will I get more usable stock???

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#1 posted 07-07-2013 01:41 AM

great score on the recycled material.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 06:30 PM

So where is it? If you cant get it, maybe someone else can (and split it with you, of course:-)

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#3 posted 07-07-2013 06:44 PM

The job is in Gainesville FL. I’d be happy to see any stock going to hands that want it. Hit me up for any updates. Perimeter fixtures will come down in tomorrow’s phase. There will be wall dividers and valances with trim… Some trim is hardwood, but most is veneered MDF. Crown and bull nose is hardwood. Square is usually MDF.

And a couple bump outs which I don’t have a shot of. MDF, with interior “standards” which are slotted metal inserts which hold brackets for shelving, etc…

Later quite a few fragrance/cosmetic showcased will be discarded. They could be re-used, re-purposed, or stripped for stock, hardware (sliders, extruded aluminum, drawers, glass or even the HPL covered MDF)

Holler… I will be happy to tell you when stuff is available. I won’t be able to let you in the store, but you could easily come in as a customer. You’d need to salvage from the dumpster, or make prior arrangements. I could facilitate that as well.

Anything you spotted that you particularly want, we could arrange to leave on the ground by the dumpsters.

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#4 posted 07-07-2013 08:43 PM

Wow… wish I was closer. (and it would sure help if I had a workshop built here at the new house!)

Oh well,,,, SOMEBODY should jump on this! This could be a great score!

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