small workshop ideas #23: Its Bulk Trash Day, So What?

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Blog entry by oldguy2 posted 09-01-2021 02:42 PM 430 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Oh my, Get up and Clean out the Shop over the last month. Good Excuse we should all do some get rid of the crap.
I certainly needed to do just that.
Now the real Joy of this is not just MY Shop but this is here in Phoenix area…at least my part…every 3 months. a few weeks of put it by the curb and then the City comes and its gone.
Now any Cheapo like me would also keep their eyes open for Trash and Treasures as you would think that might just suit your needs….better than the land fill. So in my last year and a half I have gathered for my shop or extras the folllowing parts and treasures:
8 wood drawers which became shelves and more in my shed shop. one large pine top 27 by 52 which is now a new workbench top, I always wanted to make it bigger to what I had.
...2.5 inch Shop vac hose and wands,
wood foot stool..restained the top and a bit of wood glue, 3—1×11x 8 ft mdf shelf boards ready for next project. 4 inch pvc pipe that might be that drill holder for free. 4 misc 2×4 of mixed lengths. , mdf desk and rollers that became my matching end tables,
8 good plant pots for the wife to start her plants in the back yard. Also the cactus that she started. My wife brought home the 8 ft curtain rod that was unfinished and asked if we could use it ,,,I was so proud of her…I made it the curtain rod over my desk.
I missed a chance on a kitchen set because I waited and the owner knocked it apart…cabinets and all.
Regular Wood Chair in good shape…we needed one more for more guest seating.
Today I picked up a 5 ft x 12 in by 8 in shop made plywood organizer that I should be able to paint and put in the shed with its 12 compartments, so easy to carry as I walked my dog.
small wheel barrow that I had to straighten the frame..all else was good.

This is almost as fun as yard sales but great for the scrap metal collectors. Be a little choosy and be prepared to drive over to get something and say thanks to the owner if you see them. the owner of the drawers gave me some large plywood scrap he had if I wanted it. How would he know?

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#1 posted 09-01-2021 03:30 PM

Good stuff. Makes me smile. I’ve got to avoid that sort of thing because I almost never throw anything away – and then I regret it if I do, so I have to be careful what I pick up. We threw away a recliner a couple of months ago. It wasn’t that bad – sigh – but it was narrow and tended to get stuck in recline and …. It went to the dump. The kids saw the claw take it. They were like “doesn’t somebody want to sit in it?” after it had already been out in the rain a couple of days. (We have rain here sometimes.)

-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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