Dumpster Stand

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 04-16-2021 03:59 PM 1064 views 2 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like some guys make tree stands for deer hunting, this is a dumpster stand for ( safely) dumpster diving. It was made out of necessity to be able to retrieve some very good stock of maple plywood that is discarded by a local company. I made it out of some of the stock from that dumpster plus scraps from my wood room. I was going to screw on the supports with wood screws but going into end grain, I did not trust it with my weight on it, so I used machine screws and 3/4” dowels. It is very solid as you can see in the 5th photo.

The 6th photo shows my stash from today. This all 5/8 “13 ply maple plywood that would have cost over $100 if I could even find such good material in a store like Menards or Home Depot. The 6 foot hook made from 1/2” rebar makes the retrieval possible. It was very low today, but on a good day we can get a pickup full!

Another fruitful day!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 04-16-2021 04:05 PM

Very brave!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 04-16-2021 04:08 PM

I guess I’ll say it before lbd gets here – Dumpster Diving ? I missed that class

Nice safety build Jim and a hell of a great haul ? You know that you’re now obligated to post a couple projects out of your find – just sayin

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 04:12 PM


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#4 posted 04-16-2021 04:13 PM

You’ve taken the “dive” out of “dumpster diving”.

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#5 posted 04-16-2021 04:14 PM

Why not just ask ‘em to clean their scrap pile before they put it in the dumpster?

Looks nice and sturdy. Was glad to see bolts!

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 04:27 PM

nicely done… good dive…

I lost my dive location as they went out of business around 2010, all the high quality picks …
they would put out bins for guys like us… they were 3 feet tall and would load all the drops in there all day. they even put it in a separate parking lot with full access across the street… those were the days.

-- Jeff NJ

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 05:46 PM

I see how you get in but how do you get out if you do get in. Nice idea.

-- Ron

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#8 posted 04-16-2021 07:30 PM

Great idea!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 04-16-2021 07:55 PM

necessity is the mother of invention.

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#10 posted 04-16-2021 08:21 PM

Nice idea! Now all I have to do is beat you to the dumpster.

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#11 posted 04-16-2021 08:56 PM

man at todays prices thats just a crime wasting good ply.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 04-16-2021 09:43 PM

I love it Jim, that’s a true winner project.
Recycle, practical and humor, all things on the top of my list.
Love the picture of you dumpster diving.
Great stuff.
Best thoughts dear Jim,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#13 posted 04-16-2021 09:55 PM

Finally some “insight” into how you are always posting such great projects made from wood you “pulled from the trash”!

I miss my days of youth where I lived in an area that actually had “quality” diving venues, now it’s all just low grade scrap that isn’t even fit to burn.

Give me a shout if you spot some 1952 Ford F1 door internals Jim! 8^)

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#14 posted 04-16-2021 10:19 PM

That would be worth a lot of money, if the people that would use it had any…Ha Ha…Cool man…

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

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#15 posted 04-16-2021 10:54 PM

The title had me confused but the last two photos are the money shots.
And YES I hate seeing good useable timber thrown in the skip for landfill.
Top marks for a safe clever way to recycle.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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