Irrritating plastic thing-a-ma-jig is gone!

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Project by Mark Shymanski posted 04-09-2012 07:05 PM 3261 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Both Jen and I have been frustrated with this plastic laundry hamper (the first picture). You can see why:-) I’ve finally had some time to replace it. It may not be fine wood working but it sure will be nice not to have to duct tape those stupid plastic tubes anymore! I used some remnant cedar pieces for the corners and maple dowel from our local lumber yard. I used BLO for the ‘finish’ but more as an experiment as I don’t think this needs a fine finish.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 07:33 PM

nice solution!!!

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#2 posted 04-09-2012 07:50 PM

Nice job!


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#3 posted 04-09-2012 07:51 PM

good work

-- Nimkee** Joe

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#4 posted 04-09-2012 08:25 PM

Great job Mark.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#5 posted 04-09-2012 08:28 PM

I just gave my father one of those carts. Looks like I will making some repairs when his falls apart. You really beefed it up nicely.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#6 posted 04-09-2012 08:59 PM

Looks like a great idea. Good job.

-- Life is good.

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#7 posted 04-09-2012 09:26 PM

Yeah, it’s a good solution AND a spiffy looking project, too. Those plastic tubes just looked cheap, this looks like something you wouldn’t mind people seeing. Thanks for sharing! :)

-- Leland, OC California

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#8 posted 04-09-2012 11:13 PM

Good solution to a plastic problem. Sometimes these utility projects can be the most satisfying.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#9 posted 04-10-2012 01:01 AM

That’s MUCH nicer.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 04-10-2012 12:51 PM

That’s a true lumberjock’s solution – well done!

-- Derek, Bremerton WA --

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#11 posted 04-10-2012 03:54 PM

A little PVC cement would have probably fixed the old one, but that wouldn’t have been nearly as much fun. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 04-10-2012 06:33 PM

from trash to a good thing beefed up with bling factor :-)

nice job Mark


Ps. next time you buy a plastic dingy-thing then buy a tube of epoxyglue too …. lol

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#13 posted 04-10-2012 06:47 PM

Hey it works and it’s beterer. Great job.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#14 posted 04-11-2012 03:42 AM

Charlie, don’t tell Jen that it could have been fixed with just a little cement…how would I justify a garage full of tools if she starts to think these things can be fixed LOL!

It actually has to be able to come apart when you want to wash the blue shorter bag, so the glue idea may have only sort of worked.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#15 posted 04-11-2012 09:42 PM

SMART thinking …sort it in the bag and throw the hole bag in the maschine ..every thing washed sepretlly
can see why it has to be taken apart


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