Step Back Cupboard from dunnage

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Project by TDSpade posted 09-07-2014 06:22 AM 2565 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I work for a propane company. When we buy new tanks, they come 9 to a bundle. Separating these tanks from each other is rough cut pine, notched to keep the tanks from shifting around in the bundle. This wood is called dunnage, (The last picture) a throw away material. I take the better stuff home and have used some of it in small projects. But it was mostly going bad.

So I resawed the better stuff into two boards, and ran them through the planner. I just ran the deeply cracked boards through the planer to get one board. I then glued them up into panels to make this step back cupboard.

Some of the pine is blue, some white, some pink, some brown. The knots were continually leaking pitch. a real problem with air dried pine. So I sealed the wood with Zinsser b-i-n primer, and painted it.

I found the plans for this in Fine Wood Working # 165 October 2003. I made a few changes to suit me. I picked up a bunch of old issues for a dollar each at local used book store.

-- For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert.

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 06:47 AM

I really like the Cupboard and the fact it was from throw away wood make it even better.

Loving the colors.

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 11:14 AM

I luv it when folks recycle, make do, etc. A great hutch. I also like that you recycled the magazines & got your plan from them. A pat on the back & high 5 from me.

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 11:54 AM

Silk from a sow’s ear

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 12:19 PM

A winner, from scratch to finish. Color choice, awesome. Well done.



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#5 posted 09-07-2014 12:33 PM

A great piece, I love it when trash turns into treasure. This project shows that paint does have it’s place in woodworking and it has taken it’s place proudly in this project.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 12:54 PM

really nice work, love the color combination of the finished project, well done!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 01:07 PM

Love it. Great recycling!

-- jroot

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 01:26 PM

YEP. There aint no such thing as thash. Somebody can make a treasure from it. Maybe not me, but somebody.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#9 posted 09-07-2014 02:08 PM

BEAUTIFULLY executed! Using “dunnage” for your wood source is extraordinary resourcefullness. It’s an elegant piece and extremely sturdy. Not made with flimsy particle board or plywood. Bravo!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 09-07-2014 03:03 PM

+1 on all that has been said…. Color combo and hardware really set it off! Great job!

-- Carl, Iowa

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#11 posted 09-07-2014 03:27 PM

A very clean build it turned out great and getting the material for free is a big plus.


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#12 posted 09-08-2014 01:16 AM

Very nice build, made a beautiful cabinet. Great work.

-- "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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#13 posted 09-08-2014 03:09 AM

Stunning, the finish is a real attention grabber.

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