Recycled lumber for recycled Pets challenge

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Project by Richard posted 07-03-2010 03:26 AM 2467 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The lumber is some old nail infested torn up flooring that was headed to the dump and I decided to salvage it. My challenge is to recycle the lumber and turn it into a trunk and donate it to our Humane Society’s annual silent auction fundraiser. I figure what was destined to be thrown away will help animals in need so hopefully both the wood and animals will be given a second life.

The flooring they say is Australian Cypress, and I never worked with it before, so we shall see what kind of project it will make.

To be continued….

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 07-03-2010 03:52 AM


If this is indeed Aussie Cypress, which is certainly looks like, please wear a respirator!!! While it smells wonderful and will make your shop smell like a rain forest it’s really nasty if you get the dust into your lungs! I used just a little bit of this stuff for picture frame splines and ended up coughing and hacking all night long.

Good luck on the trunk and I admire your dedication to our nation’s animals in need!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#2 posted 07-03-2010 08:01 AM

Richard, I have never used Australian Cypress, but I have made many projects with salvaged oak flooring. It takes a good bit of prep, but the material is very good and the projects are very satisfying.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 07-03-2010 11:16 AM

Nice to re-use some wood great work.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 07-03-2010 02:36 PM

Nice wood. I been on recycling wood and the most difficult is to find the broken nails or staples. Suggest if you break one, mark it. You can use metal detector to look for the hidden nails. Nails are very bad for the planers… Good luck.

-- Bert

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#5 posted 07-03-2010 04:17 PM

I like the cause. Bravo.

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