recycled/reclaimed boxes

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Project by Dalbergian posted 08-24-2009 01:56 AM 2282 views 8 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few boxes I have made using wood that I found on the streets of Edinburgh.The Mahogany I used was found just outside my flat in the form of a discarded mantel 6 foot long,8 inches wide by 1 1/4 inch thick.The 22mm Baltic Birch Plywood I found in a skip outside a flat that I presume was getting underfloor heating considering the shape of the offcuts.Not sure how much I scored but it was enough to fill the boot of our Peugot 206.I’ve made loads of stuff with this from these boxes to jigs,sanding discs,new top for my beatup workbench & faceplates for my lathe/sander/grinder.The Oak came from some old kitchen doors & drawer fronts I found a couple of streets up from mine.Once the doors had been dismantled the stiles bore about 60 feet of 15mm by 50mm strips & the drawer fronts yielded 30some feet of 100mm by 20mm boards,perfect for boxmaking. They were glued together using p.v.a.,sanded to 600 grit then finished with Liberon finishing oil. There are a number of great things about using reclaimed wood. Firstly,its free meaning all the more money for tools. Secondly,you know the wood is well seasoned,especially if its the remnants of a home remodelling. Thirdly & lastly,as far as I’m aware,is you are slowing our ever increasing rubbish tips from becoming continents in their own rights. Oh,the suede that I take my pics on is also salvaged,this time from an old 3 seat sofa. The one at the front is 120mm long by 57mm high.

inquiries welcome

-- "Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible." ~ Frank Zappa

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#1 posted 08-24-2009 02:25 AM

Och Aye
Welcome to the wonderful world of Lumberjocks,
I would never have guessed it was made from ply.
I like the way you have rotated the ply to be able to see the layers,
Nice job of using recycled materials.,

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-24-2009 02:51 AM

Great looking boxes, I Like the design.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 08-24-2009 02:54 AM

Welcome to Ljs very unique boxes well done.


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#4 posted 08-24-2009 03:15 AM

Great Lookin Boxes Love To Recycle Wood

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 08-24-2009 03:35 AM

Cool design and a great reuse of wood. Welcome to Lumber Jocks.

-- John @

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#6 posted 08-24-2009 03:40 AM

Nice looking boxes. Good to see the wood being used rather then trashed.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#7 posted 08-24-2009 04:16 AM

Great use of reclaimed wood. Always on the lookout for scraps. When you use small pieces (like your boxes) you can find good wood all over. I have 2 chairs torn apart in the shop that are slowly getting cut up.

I really like the way you hinged these, and the color/wood combo works well.

Great designs and builds. Keep em comin!


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 08-24-2009 12:41 PM

REally nice designs. Using plywood on the edge is very creative! I also love the hinging mechanism; it gives it a sense of continuity.

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#9 posted 08-25-2009 02:47 PM

excellent design! I loved the way you can’t tell in some of the boxes where they will open. the sad (?) thing about NZ is that you NEVER find something on the street. NEVER. everything is recycled and sold as recycled. maybe its not that sad :-)

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 01-05-2011 01:18 AM

very nice looken boxes, i thought they had some secret to open them.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop, http://[email protected]

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