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Blog series by Gary Fixler updated 07-21-2010 06:38 AM 3 parts 9307 reads 19 comments total

Part 1: veneer-thin poplar scraps glue-up

07-09-2010 12:23 PM by Gary Fixler | 7 comments »

A couple of years ago I built a standing floor cabinet foolishly out of all poplar (not true poplar, e.g. black poplar (Populus nigra) or white poplar (Populus alba), but tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera), the stuff you (and I) get from Home Depot). It cost about $800+ in wood, and over $1k all together. I should have used plywood! I jointed the big pile of boards and ripped their other sides to get them all identical in width. This left me with a whole pile of extremely thin edge-str...

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Part 2: Jay Shafer's tiny house

07-18-2010 07:49 AM by Gary Fixler | 8 comments »

Meet Tumbleweed, Jay Shafer’s 89 square foot house, which he built himself, learning how to do so as he went. Unlike me, who always needs more space, Jay loves living small and wouldn’t go back to “living big.” The house has lead to a business, the Tumbleweed Tiny House Company, and he’s able to cart his house like a trailer right to job sites, or anywhere else he wants to go. Though I couldn’t live this way, I would love for all the people who wouldn...

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Part 3: Arboform

07-21-2010 06:38 AM by Gary Fixler | 4 comments »

I’ve been noticing some press recently surrounding Arboform, a plastic-like compound invented by 2 German guys, and made from lignin, which they get from the pulp-manufacturing industry. It’s a byproduct of paper-making and related industries, so there’s tons of the stuff generated every year (130M lbs/65K tons). The first article I saw on it was over at Space Mart, which states that the lignin is “combined with resins, flax and other natural fibers” and “f...

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