It's For/From The Birds!

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Blog entry by jack1 posted 02-18-2012 01:06 AM 10369 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is something I’ve been using since I took up wood butchering again.
I got tired of making a mess on my my floor and work benches when I finished a piece. I didn’t want to drag out the big drop clothes that I had to let dry when I was done either. So, I started hanging on to empty bags of bird seed for my chickens and also the wild birds that live off of me around here. They are made of a pretty tough woven plastic that doesn’t leak.

I use the back unprinted side up which catches all the drips and overspray. When I’m done, I roll it up and throw it away. Works for large and small projects inside and outside of the shop.

As you can see a whole bunch of them (about 12 in this roll) can be rolled up and stuck in a corner until you need them. Nice to give a “throw away” a second use too.

Thanks for looking.


-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 01:21 AM

Good idea Jack, but the chickens/birds are going to eat your projects :)

-- JJ - Northern Illinois

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 02:11 AM

Hey Jack, you know what kind of a brain it takes to come up with something like this don’t you? LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#3 posted 02-18-2012 03:36 AM

I mostly worry about when they critique my work. Especially if they are roosting above it while they “critique…” ;0)

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 02:50 PM

Nice re-use here, Jack. Any time we can re-purpose or re-use something just once is helping all of us, as well as future generations.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 07:14 PM

Hi Jack. It’s good to see that someone is getting something out of feeding those doggone birds. my wife has me traipsing through knee deep snow and climbing slopes every two days to feed them (She has the good heart and I have the good legs). Unfortunately our bags are too small for finish catchers, but thanks for the tip anyway.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 02-22-2012 03:01 PM

Excellent idea. Never crossed my mind to post this useful leftover, thanks for bringing it out. Our livestock feed comes in multiple layer papar sacks. They get used for everything from drop cloths to mailing wrapers to firestarters and burnable trash bags. Can’t go wrong with a feed sack!
I just can’t seem to get my wife to smooth them out flat for good storage. Oh well, they still get used.
See ya later, BTKS
OH, we have a new incubator full of chicks hatching today. The coop is going to be full this summer! Hope all is well with your ladies.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 02-22-2012 07:12 PM

Just roll them and put a rubber band or length of wire around the roll.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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