Working with recycled timber #45: Smiths Industrial Bin raid

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-07-2015 10:05 AM 1206 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am repairing more Potato Crates for Smiths Crisps, and while I was working away I spotted a large Industrial bin with some timber poking out.
Upon inspection I found what looked to be a machine shipping crate of some sort, the dimensions were huge and what I considered to be “usefull”

So I made some enquiries as to the possibility of being able to recover it.
The reply was if I could use it and get it out it was mine, so I set to work attempting to haul it out, but it was way too heavy for me to manage, so I approached the guy who drives the fork moving the Potato Crates for me to repair for possible help.

As I got up to him he smiles at me and says “what do you want? so I told him what I was trying to do and he patiently listened as I explained and then said,
Yeah I was watching you and wondered how long it would take before you would think to use a fork!

Sure enough with very little effort he had the timber out of the bin and on the Ute for me in no time.

So I brought it home at the end of the day and commenced unloading it.

I just wriggled it along the back of the tray and when it reached its balancing point I just tipped it off.

The large pieces are 80mm x 80mm the boards are about 20mm or thereabouts thichness, the OSB (of which is still very foreign here), is stamped premium grade.

It was a bit damaged by nails and staples on the edges but cut down I am sure it is still useable for something.

It all shows Heat Treating IPPS (see Note Below) stamps and GB as the country of origin.

Make that ISPM not IPPS
Info:- 1. What is ISPM 15?
ISPM 15 is the ‘International Standards for Phytosanitary Measures Publication No. 15 (2009):
Regulation of Wood Packaging Material in International Trade’.

2. Why was ISPM 15 developed?
ISPM 15 was developed to address the global spread of timber pests by regulating the movement of timber
packaging and dunnage in international trade.
ISPM 15 describes phytosanitary measures to reduce the risk of introduction and/or spread of quarantine pests associated with solid timber packaging material (includes dunnage).

I spent about 3 hours dismantling everything and de screwing staple and nail removal for it all

The main base is yet to be started as it has heaps of planks and some of the biggest nails in it I have ever seen.

Recovered additional booty.
Who ever made the crate did a great engineering task but I managed to reverse engineer it for them.

Check out these screws!

Now its all whats to looks to be like low grade pine (less the OSB) but I should be able to make something out of it later.

Here is a shot of one of the “nails” and some of the small bits attached to the timber that I discarded.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-07-2015 10:13 AM

You sure have fun!!

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#2 posted 08-07-2015 01:58 PM

That is a mighty fine looking pile of lumber you have. The screws are a bonus, easier to take the crate apart PLUS now you have screws for another project.
Good to see people re-purpose something that generally gets thrown in dumpsters.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 08-07-2015 02:44 PM

Yes, I agree screws are much easier to be able to take apart. Just be glad they used hex head screws. If they had used phillips heads, half of them would have been stripped out!

At my last job I worked in a manufacturing plant. Any time we had to ship something to another country, it was required we use heat treated pallets. I accidently used a non-heat treated one once and the shipping company sent it back to us. I thought I was going to catch hell, but luckily I wasn’t the first one to do this, so we just re-packed the load and sent it back on it’s way.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#4 posted 08-07-2015 04:57 PM

The pallets you get are far better than ours, and this one was a great find for sure Rob. I have tried salvaging some pallets in the past, but it is just too much work for my old body these days. I do think it’s great that this material gets a chance at a second life though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 08-07-2015 09:45 PM

Thanks Guys

I will definately have fun with it, a big experimental Sam Malouf style joint is first up for sure.
Also I added a correction to the text as upon closer examination of the logo for the Heat Treating process I had incorrectly reported it as IPPS which is incorrect and then added some general HT info as interest.

I am also going to read up on OSB to determine what I can use it for

-- Regards Rob

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#6 posted 08-08-2015 12:25 AM

That was a great find, enough to make toys for a year or so.

-- Tony, Australia,

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#7 posted 08-08-2015 02:27 AM

Rob, be grateful that the crate was not put together with spiral nails. Those are really tough to get out. Looks like good material.

-- Big Al in IN

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