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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

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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
 

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Resourceful!
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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

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Great idea!
 

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

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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,
Mads
 

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

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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.
 

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Sweet, a class on dumpster diving. :)

I do like the safety aspect.

Happy diving Jim.
 

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Great project Jim, I had to laugh at the thought. "Dumpster Diving" But at today's prices, can't blame you for the great effort.
 

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Is will have to make one of these. I salvage a lot of wood out of Dumpsters and this is one of the issues one has. I just now have to use it in projects, before SWMBO gives it away. I have recovered a lot of Book shelves made out of solid wood, mostly Popular and Baltic Birch Plywood from a variety of pieces that were office Furniture.. I usually take demolition tools for breakdown to fit in the car or truck. Dan
 

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Thank you all for the nice comments. This was a great help for me today.

Hi Madmark2. They used to stack it on pallets for some guy that brought in a trailer and burned it. We could take it right off those stacks then. The guy quit using it at all so they brought in this dumpster and we have to go there at the right time to fish out the prime pieces.

Hi Jeff. When I was working there was this company on the way to work called Hamilton Lumber and they did something similar. They loaded bunks of hardwood on trailers after it came off the planer at random lengths and then they would saw them off even across the ends and put the cut offs in wire baskets and you could take all you wanted- red oak, walnut ,cherry,maple and hickory. i would fill my little wagon up full to the roof each time and never bought wood for years.

Hi wioodmaster1. Notice I did not divulge the location!

Hi Ron. I never go in. All thees piece have the center cut out on the lasers and I just hook the scrap and pull it over the side. Then I break off the scrap to get in my little wagon.

Hi Pottz, They said that this comes in 5×5 sheets and is about $200 each..guaranteed flat too! I did find a couple of 5×8 ft sheets with pieces for my next project.

Hi Mads. This is sure a shame to bury all this nice wood at a landfill…and that is where it goes now…except for what I extract!!!!

Hi Dan. Go to the dumpsters and get the dimension of the distance between the ribs and the depth of the ribs and go from there with your design. Fortunately I don't have to climb up on the dumpster. It is next to a tapered wall with a railing on it and I just work up that wall to my little stand and step across to it….Other wise I would have made this with a ladder on it too.

Cheers, Jim
 

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i cant believe they just toss that stuff,their fairely large pieces.what do they make with it ?
 
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