Things to do with old CDs - make a light switch plate

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Blog entry by Stevinmarin posted 01-09-2010 02:47 AM 4688 reads 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you’re like me you have more old CD “coasters” than you know what to do with. I finally decided to figure out some things to do with them. Here’s a simple little light switch plate you can make in an hour. Wood and plastic: a perfect match!

Let me know if you have any other ideas of how to recycle these things. Or better yet, make something and post it on Lumberjocks!

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 03:01 AM

Cool :)

-- Happy woodworking!

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 03:19 AM

great recycling tip


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#3 posted 01-09-2010 04:09 AM

Pretty cool. I’d never thought of that before. Looks like Christmas gifts will be done early this year!

-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 04:31 AM

My neighbor ran a monofilament fishing line across his garden and suspended several CDs at different heights with more fishing line. The CDs twist in the breeze and flash in the sun, making a very high-tech scarecrow. It doesn’t, however, deter squirrels.

-- Every project is a learning opportunity, every error a design opportunity

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#5 posted 01-09-2010 07:36 AM

Cool lightswitch, neat idea. I have seen some sweet looking candle stick holders where the artist would cut up pieces of a cd and put them into the fretwork and give a stained glass look to their patterns. The candlelight would reflect off the surfaces and make a beautiful glow. Thanks for sharing.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#6 posted 01-09-2010 07:52 AM


I also like that circle cutting technique for the table saw, I’ve seen the trick with the brad before but with the sled that was new…


You sir deserve a cookie!

-- - Jei, Rockford IL - When in doubt, spray it with WD-40 and wrap it with duct tape. The details will attend to themselves.

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#7 posted 01-09-2010 08:36 AM

Cool project, but like dude you’re fingers are to close to the saw!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#8 posted 01-09-2010 05:01 PM

Old CDs also make a cool lightning storm in the microwave. Zap them for about 3 seconds and check them out through the door.



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#9 posted 01-10-2010 01:18 AM

as james said, try putting them in a microwave first.
not only does it make a cool lightning show, the cds have a really cool design on them after that. That would make an even more unique switch plate

-- Derek, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-10-2010 01:35 AM

cool chair

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#11 posted 01-10-2010 06:37 AM

Maybe you could sell those to Bill Gates ;-) If he put them in all his buildings world wide it would be worth getting a UL label!!

Maye you could use them to make wheels on kids toys or a a garden tool for weeding??

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#12 posted 01-11-2010 02:13 AM

TMALSO…went to a warehouse on a separate customer issue and had to weave in and around literally many hundreds of 5’ diameter bags full of CD’s, DVD’s, etc. After I solved the initial problem for this customer at the far end of the warehouse, we had to again weave around these bags. I asked what they were all for.

The <now> mulit-millionaire created a process which sanded the sides of these discs and he recovered the precious metals from the dust; gold, silver, tungsten, etc. The mfr’s of them were glad to give them to him and not have to pay the garbage fees. Go ahead….LOL, but it’s true as tomorrow.

Good ole American ingenuity made a thrown away useless product a fortune for someone with a great idea.

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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#13 posted 01-11-2010 04:51 AM

Another great video man! I have done a few project using the sled/circle technique also. Yeah it looks dangerous, but I have gotten great results doing it. I know many don’t like making circles that way because of the “danger” factor, but I think that any operation that could cause a kick-back is more dangerous. Look at the blade while Stevinmarin is doing this technique. The blade only contacts the work on the down stroke, and can’t bind up on anything. Using power tools is a dangerous hobby and dangerous job. Fact of the matter is, if you don’t feel comfortable doing it, don’t do it.

-- christopheralan

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