I used to be a couch!

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Project by Timzwoodz posted 02-03-2015 10:26 PM 1699 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Talk about coincidences…all in the same week

- My wife wanted me to build a plant stand for the coming spring here in Texas
- A fellow LJ posted a Wood magazine project of a recently completed for a plant stand
- My neighbor put out a solid oak/walnut bench sofa for trash pickup – Super up-cycle opportunity!

I should have photo’d the bench…it was 7 feet long, consisting of 2 large side panels and three large back panels. all screwed and glued together, with webbing for the cushions. It took me about 45 minutes to break it down to the basic panels and long boards used to construct it.

After removing all the plug-covered screws, nails, and brads, I ran most of the wood through the planer to remove the topcoat stain. I ended up with plenty of boards made of solid 3/4” to 1” red oak laminated with walnut accent strips, as seen in the top and bottom shelves.

I didn’t have the Wood Magazine, but I found the basic dimensions on their webpage. I altered the angle of the front legs a bit to make for more shelf space on the middle and bottom shelves, then added some outrigger support legs for the bottom shelf to prevent tip-overs. Basic dimensions are 30” high, 20” wide, and 20” inches deep at the max for the bottom shelf. Since it’s for outdoor use, I used Thompson’s Water seal as the only applied preservative.

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 11:32 PM

That looks very nice. If I were you, I would buy a lottery ticket.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 02-04-2015 04:48 PM

I’ve been considering “up-cycling’ discarded furniture myself.
I cruise around Craigslist now and then looking for someone discarding any solid wood dining tables. They may be beat up, but with some work could yield some good wood for projects.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 05:45 PM

MT Stringer…good idea on the lotto…317M would buy a lot of lumber

Nkawtg…great idea..thanks for the CL tip

-- Being half Irish and half Scottish, I love to drink but hate to pay for it

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