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by Alster
posted 07-22-2011 02:12 PM

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#1 posted 07-22-2011 02:34 PM

Inevitably it happens, need somethin, need somethin now. Ive got one of the Sauder style computer desks that you speak of and it may be one of the last in our house. As soon as i get done painting that room ill be moving a solid wood trestle table upstairs after its 2 year hideout in the basement. A craigslistin we will go.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 07-22-2011 02:37 PM

At the present time, I don’t believe I have any particle board furniture in my house. But I certainly have had some in the past, so I’m not judging. :-)

Some of that stuff actually looks pretty decent. So when time and/or money prevent you from building your own, there is no shame in going the easy route.

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

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#3 posted 07-22-2011 02:59 PM

It’s banned in my home. I won’t even let an MDF jig come inside to visit.
That’s probably because I’ve had several full moves in the last 10 years. It’s hard to disassemble, pack, and pay to ship mdf furniture. It just got weeded out.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#4 posted 07-22-2011 03:10 PM

I have a TV stand from IKEA. It’s way too simple and cheap than for me to build one. I comfort myself with the fact that I’m occupying my time by building other finer furniture.

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#5 posted 07-22-2011 03:14 PM

more than I’d like to admit. I have a long list of things I’d like to replace with furniture that I’ve made, when I have the time.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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Don W

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#6 posted 07-22-2011 03:22 PM

very little but its taken 30 years to get there. I still have some simulated cherry bookshelves from when I had the construction office in my house. Almost everything else has been replaced.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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joey bealis

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#7 posted 07-22-2011 03:33 PM

When I had my own cabinet shop people would always comment that I probably had some really nice cabinets in my own home. They came in a box though. Time was never on my side when I was always a month behind on work for paying customers.


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#8 posted 07-22-2011 04:06 PM

I never went the particle board route, strickly old school. Yup, no PB when I was younger …........... strickly other peoples cast off furniture. BSEG

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#9 posted 07-22-2011 05:23 PM

Where is the moose?

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Don W

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#10 posted 07-22-2011 05:40 PM

nice oak table

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#11 posted 07-22-2011 05:54 PM

I’ll never tell what might or might not be in my house/shop….

Don, I never got to the table. Gman’s photo left me…. Disturbed….

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#12 posted 07-22-2011 06:19 PM

My young daughter’s bedroom set is pressed wood with bleached-wood-simulating vinyl sticker material on top. Bought lightly used at a great price, will go to the curb when she’s done with it. Can’t remember if I’ve ever bought particle board furniture new… Maybe a “entertainment center” years ago, the kind with the glass cabinet off to the side. Everyone had something like that once, I think. :-)

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#13 posted 07-22-2011 09:23 PM

I was in IKEA yesterday. It is amazing how cheaply you can furnish now and with the hardware used on cheap furniture having improved in the last 10-20 years, the stuff holds up pretty well provided it doesn’t end up in a flood.

Nobody wants to move furniture anymore – especially younger folks in their 20s and 30s. When it’s time to move, sell it or send it to the landfill and buy new. Our new mass production and mass consumption culture. I don’t see anything that will make it change.

Oh, and to answer the question, I have quite a bit. There are times when I want to replace it all with beautiful solid wood furniture I make, and then other times I ask myself if I’d be crazy to even bother spending the time, effort, and money.

-- Optimists are usually disappointed. Pessimists are either right or pleasantly surprised. I tend to be a disappointed pessimist.

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#14 posted 07-22-2011 10:16 PM

Don’t see families like that anymore.

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#15 posted 07-22-2011 10:21 PM

I have PB in my house, but I’m slowly replacing that crap with furniture made by me. I must confess that just today I was walking by a yard sale, so I thought to stop and look for some hand planes. Didn’t find any planes, but there was a PB desk there and my son needs a desk. It cost me $10 bucks. Eventually, I’ll get around to making him one, but until I have the time PB it is.

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#16 posted 07-22-2011 11:35 PM

Nah not going to say it…. ;-) but it was “wood” related, but not to be sanded nor run through a planer.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#17 posted 07-23-2011 01:23 AM

The one piece of PB furniture I had went to the curb a few months ago. If I don’t have time to build it myself, I’ll scour the thrift stores for some nice old piece and re-finish it or paint it. I’ve even had luck at estate sales and garage sales.

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#18 posted 07-23-2011 03:04 AM

I think the only thing of particle board I have is my dining table, which is an oldstyle diner table that was scavenged off the streets. Cost me nothing, and it’s at least from the 70’s-80’s, so it’s not even like the particle board stuff today. It’s build like a frikkin industrial counter and has the weight to prove it.

I think my desk and bookshelves that I got from office max 6-7 years ago are actually, surprisingly, wood (I guess this by the scratches which seem to reveal whitish wood beneath).

these days, I mainly salvage or go without. I’m hoping to make more as time goes on, but working on getting some workspace available to do such.

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#19 posted 07-23-2011 04:17 AM

A vanity for the master bath. I’d’ve rather built one, but the other half wanted it now,and I was doing a lot of business travel in those days. White laminated PB, yet. But she insisted on real Venetian marble tile on top. Go figure. There may be something else around here, but I ain’t seeing it. And there won’t be any more, either. That c^&p gets wet once, story over.

The stuff she’s scrounged off the parkway on trash day is all wood, though.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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#20 posted 07-27-2011 12:29 AM

Honestly- NONE. I hate the stuff.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#21 posted 07-27-2011 06:00 PM

I don’t like that stuff. If my wife mentions something that we could buy I always say I will make it. I might not always be able to make it cheaper but it lasts a lifetime. But seriously I don’t have any ikea or any other cheap furniture in my house. I highly dislike the stuff.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#22 posted 07-31-2011 12:23 PM

Sauder stuff is EXACTLY the reason I bought a table saw!!


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#23 posted 08-01-2011 06:47 AM

i have one more piece to replace ,a sofa table and its all gone.

-- rick

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