Free Wood #5: Old Dresser Drawers

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Blog entry by Dave Rutan posted 06-10-2016 12:41 PM 1681 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A while ago I saw a chest of drawers on the curb, out for the trash. I didn’t have room for the carcass, but I grabbed the drawers.

The drawer fronts were plywood covered with veneer. Unfortunately I didn’t know this until I started planing them down. Pretty much ruined as plywood, I used them to make a bunch of John Heisz style push sticks.

One small bonus from these was a few pieces of hardware. I got two mending plates and two corner brackets. All hail homedad repair jobs!

These drawers are usually held together with dovetail joints, but they come apart pretty easily with the persuasion of a mallet.

The drawer bottoms are thin plywood, which has uses. I’ve yet to find many uses for it, but I’ve got a pile for when I finally do.

Another bonus is that drawers also supply free pulls and knobs. I save these in a box.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#1 posted 06-10-2016 01:47 PM

Free wood is good, and recycling is better.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 06-10-2016 01:52 PM

Leaving the carcass behind makes me feel bad. The tops are sometimes solid wood. The sides and back are usually more thin plywood. And there’s lots of sticks which could be made into small picture frames.

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#3 posted 06-10-2016 02:42 PM

Your reuse ethic is highly commendable.

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