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Forum topic by Dukegijoe posted 04-23-2011 09:59 PM 1539 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-23-2011 09:59 PM

Topic tags/keywords: pressure treated outdoor ideas

Hello all, long time, no post. My apologies, work and family take up most of my days. But I got a new one. Most of us are lumber scroungers, and I am just as guilty, if not more so, than the rest of you! Recently I put up a fence, and now have a serious amount of pressure treated 2×4 cutoffs ranging from 4 inches to probably 18 inches. the question here is what to do with them? I am looking for suggestions. I hate the thought of trashing them, but they really don’t seem big enough to do anything with. I am hoping that the creative minds here can deliver! As always, thank you in advance.

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#1 posted 04-23-2011 10:51 PM

Make some garden toys from them they are great for kids and grandkids.Alistair

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#2 posted 04-24-2011 12:53 AM

I’ve seen wishing wells made from them that sit out in yards.

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#3 posted 04-24-2011 01:40 AM

Check with the local Cub Scout organization and see if they have a need for them. they build small craft projects.

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#4 posted 04-24-2011 01:57 AM

I’m not sure you want your kids or grandkids playing with that stuff. Seriously.

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#5 posted 04-24-2011 02:01 AM

rance is right ! bad wood for kids . You could make planter box frames and then wrap them in cedar .

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#6 posted 04-24-2011 03:06 AM

You guys hit on one of my major concerns. I have young kids, and since pressure treated has chemicals, I’m not completely comfortable making toys out of it. I do appreciate the suggestion Allistair. For the same reason I don’t want to give it to a group of Cub Scouts… For that matter, I donate scraps to the local Boy Scouts fairly regularly, which end up in bonfires… so not really a good idea there either. What about a Bird House Building Spree? Not sure if the birds will react well to the lumber… thoughts?

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#7 posted 04-24-2011 04:07 AM

The wood should work well for birdhouses. The main problems I’ve heard from wood choice for birdhouses are ones that are two aromatic, and with that I’ve read different things too.

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#8 posted 04-24-2011 04:08 AM

They changed the formula they used to treat the lumber …8 or 10 years go. the old formula had arsnic in it. The question was raised; Should people and parks remove all the toys that were currently being used because of this? They were told; no, there was not enough arsnic to harm anyone or the environment. Then the question was raised; so exactly why are we doing this? No response. This new wood does eat up steel fasteners. I don’t think I would want to burn it or cook over it in any fashion. Is it harmful? The parks are full of climb toys that have been built using this stuff. I think it is safe for them to handle.

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#9 posted 04-24-2011 04:24 AM

I cut them 1/2” thick, 10” long and use them for border around flower beds. I make a couple hundred at a time and use them as needed. They look great, not like something everyone else has. Use proper safety when cutting.

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