Recycled lumber for recycled pets challenge

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Project by Richard posted 07-11-2010 01:27 AM 2948 views 17 times favorited 12 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…

Well the trunk is done and I have to say that Austrailian Cypress is a mess to work with, At first the wood smells nice but the sawdust is quite oily and it gets everywhere, and because of its oily nature, it wants to stick to every surface in my shop. Also the wood cracked and moved on me, and the finish had a hard time drying on the knots. Also I nearly broke my finger when the lid closed on me while sanding, so I bought some spring hinges.

Overall, kind of a project from hell, but it is going for a good cause. As for the lumber I don’t think I will use this species again.

As for the challenge part, I challenge all you lumberjocks with an extra project or two, to donate them to a silent auction. or raffle of your choosing. Gives you an excuse to dust off those old tools, or gives you an excuse to buy that drum sander you always wanted but the wife said NO.

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#1 posted 07-11-2010 02:18 AM

Great looking trunk. I built one of these for a client a few years ago and posted it here on LJ. Yours went to a great cause.

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#2 posted 07-11-2010 02:18 AM

Sure looks great!

-- Rick, Pa. Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

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#3 posted 07-11-2010 02:22 AM

Very nice work, great reclamation and excellent cause. Congratulations on a job very well done.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 07-11-2010 03:39 AM

You’re good at that. Very cool, great project, great job….................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#5 posted 07-11-2010 03:45 AM

Great trunk and great cause. Beautifully done. Thanks for posting. The wood you used really adds to the project.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 07-11-2010 04:05 AM

Great job. Nice story. I like the before and after pictures. People get a greater appreciation for the trunk when they see what it was before.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 07-11-2010 10:20 AM

Excellent work

-- Vince

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#8 posted 07-11-2010 01:21 PM

Great use of old lumber Richard, and it sounds like a learning experience with the Australian Cypress. It should fetch a pretty penny for the auction.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#9 posted 07-12-2010 12:24 AM

Now that is a nice looking trunk. The wood really adds character to the project. The finish looks great.


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#10 posted 07-12-2010 12:44 AM

Nicely done, looks very nice with the leather strapping and trunk hardware. Someone will very lucky to have this piece. You should include a small note with the trunk on the wood it was created with. Good cause also, well done.

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#11 posted 07-31-2010 04:37 PM

Thanks for the post r/ my chest. It is my turn to say “WOW”. Your chest looks amazing. It has the look of a pirate treasure chest. I hope that my work will someday be able to approach what you do.

-- Dominik -

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#12 posted 04-14-2012 12:16 AM

A super nice trunk. I was rollin the dice, and came across your page. Really nicely done

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

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