Scrap Lumber - Repurposed

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Project by MT_Stringer posted 06-22-2015 10:48 PM 1629 views 3 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally decided to do something about some of the scrap 2×4’s I have been collecting. Some of them date back to when I built my storage building in 2001 or 2002 (can’t remember the exact date).

Most of the pieces are less than 20 inches with a couple a little longer.

So, I devised a plan. I will make some crates.

Rip ‘em up. Cut ‘em up. Glue and nail ‘em up.
I spent a little while this evening prepping the stock. Some of the pieces were ripped in half giving me two equal pieces 3/4×3 1/2 minus the 1/16th kerf for the ripping blade on the table saw. I made two passes. Make one pass, flip it end for end and make a second pass. The scrap falls away.

For the slats, I set the blade just a little more than 1/4 inch away from the fence. I used a homemade push stick that is 3/4 inch wide. That way I was able to push both pieces past the blade with the stick. The blade was set just proud of the 1 1/2 inch thickness and it made a kerf in the push stick about 1/8 inch deep. Cheep plywood stick. I can make more. It worked really well.

I used my wooden hand screw clamps to hold the ends of the crate in place while I attached the bottom pieces. Then, it was on to the sides. The clamp held one side still while I attached the slats on the other. Then I clamped the slats to the table while I attached the remaining two slats.

I am going to make a few to hold blu ray movies and DVD’s. We have a lot of those.

Note that some of the boards had been out in the weather, but I rescued them a few weeks ago before we had all the bad storms, and Tropical Storm Bill a few days ago. So they were dry.

They are designed to have a rustic look. A little sanding on the edges and this one will be ready for paint or stain.

I think I have enough stock cut for about eight more crates of different sizes.

I see now where one of those gang rip saws would come in real handy! I can get about 8-9 slats out of a 2×4 1/4” x 1 1/2”.

You know, if I had to buy the 2×4’s, the small crates would cost about $.75 each (not counting staples and a dab or two of glue.)

The good thing is, they won’t be going to the dump!

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 10:50 PM

I used my hand screw clamps to hold the pieces as I assembled them with glue and staples.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#2 posted 06-23-2015 04:17 AM

Nice little boxes! Very well used scraps. ...Always opened for new ideas.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 06-23-2015 12:34 PM

Well done. I like em. Almost like milk crates, and those are always handy dandy. Wood is better. :)

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 06-23-2015 07:08 PM

Perfect fit. One is slightly smaller than the others. But it is a perfect fit for Blu Ray titles.
Looks like our coffee table has a pair of mini me’s! :-)

My wife will stain them when we get the new toy box built.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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