One man’s junk becomes a place for my stuff

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Project by brianinpa posted 07-18-2008 02:01 AM 2032 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project has been a long time in coming, and it has become a tribute to the late George Carlin. Many years ago I heard George tell his story about “Stuff,” and needing a place to put your stuff. Through the years I seem to have accumulated a lot of stuff that was someone else’s junk. This project is a combination of other people’s stuff they thought was crap, and the stuff I made to… you guessed it, put my stuff in.

The wood came from a local park where I spend a lot of time at volunteering as a Canal Boat Captain, and cutting grass. One of the guys that does a lot of the landscaping remarked: “That Cherry tree is dead and it is a piece of junk.” I replied: “Do not worry, I can use that stuff.”

In addition, a few years ago a buddy of mine was throwing away his double pen stand because he thought it was a piece of junk. I replied: “Do not worry, I can use that stuff.”

Doing my best imitation of George Washington, I cut the cherry tree down, and left it season for a few years until I was ready. I saved the wood from the fire place and the pen stand from the County landfill.

All of these pieces of this project came from the same chunk of wood and all are finished in tongue oil and a couple coats of poly.

The first piece is a pencil holder: dimensions are: 5½” tall by 3½” wide; the second piece is a small bowl to hold paper clips: dimensions are: 1¾” tall by 3½” wide; the third piece is a 3½” disk turned to hold the two pens from the double pen stand; and the final piece was a piece of burl from the cherry wood that I turned into a simple 6” dish to use as a place to put my keys and other items in my pockets when I come home from work: A Place For My Stuff!.

Everything about this project was considered junk by others. People looked at my tools and the wood that I used and thought it was crap: I took the time and energy to turn everything into something unique. Tell me what you think.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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Daren Nelson

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#1 posted 07-18-2008 02:09 AM

I like the stuff you made out of that junk, it gives you a place to put your new stuff.

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#2 posted 07-18-2008 04:49 AM

Very cool stuff. What kind of stuff will you stuff in your stuff? Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-18-2008 06:10 AM

Even though it’s getting pretty “stuffy” in here…great job at making junk into other stuff.

Nice job!

-- Martin, Kansas

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#4 posted 07-18-2008 06:13 AM

I like that pencil holder.

-- John

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Bill Akins

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#5 posted 07-18-2008 01:49 PM

Recycled wood is not junk. Good job, nice pieces.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#6 posted 07-18-2008 03:53 PM

What a fantastic way to allow the tree to continue to provide beauty.

Nice work!


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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 07-18-2008 03:56 PM

Hi Brian;

I’ll bet they thought that BEFORE you worked on it!

Looks great.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 07-18-2008 09:37 PM

Very nice indeed!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#9 posted 07-18-2008 09:52 PM

The best stuff comes from free timber.

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#10 posted 07-19-2008 02:40 AM

Thanks to all. Now the down side of this project is that my wife keeps telling me to put my stuff away.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 07-20-2008 02:18 AM

I remember Carlon’s bit on stuff, and you nailed it. You did great my friend. Carlon was one of my favorite comedians of all time and his time came way to soon. He had a knack for the truth in his humor. But never ever forget the hippy, dippy, weather man, with the hippy dippy weather… man.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 07-20-2008 02:59 AM

oh how wonderful.LOVE the story.
these are great.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 07-20-2008 05:16 AM

Great! I enjoy seeing people “recycle” their stuff… you did a great job on this!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#14 posted 07-21-2008 04:29 PM

Brian, All that stuff looks good. Nice save on the tree. Trying now to figure out a place where I can leave a wood from my local parks that I get to cure for a while. With Stuff always come more stuff.
Go Fig…


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#15 posted 08-05-2008 01:27 AM

Great job. Good luck in the contest.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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