Dumpster Diving Shop Horses

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Project by Bureaucrat posted 02-16-2009 10:49 PM 4542 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No it’s not purple heart and no it’s not fine furniture but it sure was cheap. I have about $2.50 in this project for glue.
Just before the building slow down, I was able to raid dumpsters across the street from me to get out quite a bit of scrap 7/16 OSB and a few short sections of 2×4. I cut the OSB into 4” wide strips, laminated four strips together for each leg and laminated 3 pieces together for the cross piece on top, leaving 18’ of the center piece open to slide my adjustment board for the 2/4 top.
Side supports were 3 pieces laminated with the center longer than the other pieces to serve as a tenon through the legs.
The leg bottoms were cut to 15 degrees. Where the top cross piece enters the leg it is notched to provide vertical support.
The adjustable center board sits at zero to match the other horse. It can be moved up and dowels popped in to be the same height as my table saw. I use this to support long pieces hanging off the side of the TS. So the lumber was free and it serves me well. The horses can be stacked.
The fine finish comes from paint left over from the 1998 homecoming float. You might expect the home town team is the Vikings with the purple. I got rid of it finally!!

The only downside of the project is that these horses are too darned heavy. They are okay around the shoup but you really would want to move them very far.

-- Gary D.

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#1 posted 02-16-2009 11:55 PM

Yes! There’s nothing I love more than bargain shopping and it looks like you sure got a bargain. I like the idea of the adjustable center. I think I might try making something like that for the table saw. Thanks for the idea.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#2 posted 02-16-2009 11:57 PM

I love dumpster diving

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#3 posted 02-17-2009 03:31 AM

Heavy or not, the price is certainly nothing to complain about! :)

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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#4 posted 02-21-2009 04:24 AM

Here in my County we still have dumpsters for each commnity to throw trash in. Each county around us have Sanitation Trucks that come to curbside. Lucky we don’t! So therefore everytime I carry my trash off I always look in the dumster 1st. I have found some good things. Good find!

-- David, Tignall,Georgia

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#5 posted 03-16-2009 06:17 AM

I always look in the dumpster too. My wife HATES it! But I find a lot of good stuff most of the time!

-- Brian

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#6 posted 04-19-2009 07:43 PM

Looks like a great idea and the nice thing about the weight is I’m sure it doesn’t move on you when you use it for outfeed support and keeps itself stable … I was wondering about the color and didn’t know if it was just a theft deterent …LOL

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 08-06-2009 07:14 PM

That is high class recycling think of all the glue you kept out of the landfill or smoke out of the cogen plant. What a guy!! And they work well too.

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#8 posted 12-05-2009 05:13 PM

Wow, this gives me an idea for my workbench I am dreaming about. I was thinking about some sort of lift to raise and lower the entire top to match my Shopsmith table saw as an outfeed, but this gives me a great idea for an adjustable outfeed table and not have to raise and lower my workbench to match. A simple slot in the sheet goods you use, a bolt and a wingnut and maybe a piece of scrap and I would be in business.

Thanks for the idea

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#9 posted 09-21-2010 08:08 PM

One of the reasons I began furniture woodworking was dumpster diving… everytime I came accross a decent fixer upper, I would load it up, bring it home and work away at it until my wife would let me bring it indoors. Otherwise, I would still just be a DIY homeowner fixing projects around the house.

-- GX

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#10 posted 09-21-2010 08:33 PM


-- Ohh mann...pancakes and boobies...I'll bet that's what Heaven is like! ♣ ♣ ♣ ♣

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