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Forum topic by PaBull posted 04-17-2012 01:26 AM 4323 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-17-2012 01:26 AM

Topic tags/keywords: pallet pallet wood reclaimed recycled

I know some of you folks out there don’t like wood if it is new and paid for, but I would like to challenge you guys out there to recycle more and reuse old furniture, grab a pallet and denail the thing. There is so much beautiful under appreciated lumber out there. Show us what you did with old reused wood, here are some of my projects:

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Now show me yours…... (I like especially the nail holes)

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#1 posted 04-17-2012 02:05 AM

Table top from old flooring


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#2 posted 04-17-2012 02:19 AM

I used to get pallets for sheet steel that came from Japan and they used all sorts of hardwood for the pallets then. I made a number of fireplace bellows of this wood. I got a lot of oak, mahogany, appletong, eucalyptus and poplar from those pallets.

-- No PHD just a DD214

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#3 posted 04-17-2012 02:40 AM

At one time, these used to be floor boards from a school house…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 04:40 AM

Hi Bandit, what kinna wood you got there from the school house?

Jim those bellows look good in any kind of wood.

Gene, that is an impressive amount of nail holes, I love it!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 12:48 PM

Antique Cherry sained vertical grain pine flooring. The Tongue and grooves are ripped off, Easy to glue the boards up, that way.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 02:14 PM

I mainly use re-purposed lumber. These are a few of projects I have completed. I am in process of creating a website to show the work I do.

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

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#7 posted 04-18-2012 04:28 PM

Just made this small table from redwood 2x lumber that I reclaimed from an old deck

Here is a picture taken as I was cleaning up the old redwood deck boards.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 05:47 PM

Here are my projects from reclaimed lumber, being a demolition contractor theres always some free lumber to be had. Ive also just finished up a refurb on a walmart filing cabinet where i removed the top and replaced it with a QS Red Oak top salvaged from roof joists at an old convent here in Hartford.

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

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 05:55 PM

While not from pallets, it is from reclaimed lumber, mostly the old 2×4s and tounge and groove siding

-- The mark of a good carpenter is not how few mistakes he makes, but rather how well he fixes them.

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#10 posted 04-24-2012 07:21 PM

Wauuu guys.
This really makes me smile, nice stuff.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#11 posted 04-24-2012 07:37 PM

heres my latest, an old filing cabinet base from some box store with a new top on it made from reclaimed red oak originally used as roof joists from a convent here in Hartford CT, and a cast iron pull i got from my grandfathers hoard of misc supplies and trinkets.

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

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#12 posted 04-25-2012 01:27 AM

Ok here are Mine, I can’t seem to locate the finished projects, might be on my other computer, which my daughter is using, so no chance of getting to that tonight. Most of the finished projects are posted on my page.

Box made from a pallet lumber

Pallet tool shelf

Tapering Jig, wood from the old basement 3/4” tongue paneling

Cyclone DC, still in progress, also from the paneling in the basement, pallet lumber & plywood from a friend used for construction

Chalkboard for my daughter, tongue and groove flooring

Hallway closet doors, basement paneling again

Small hanging bookshelf, basement paneling

Clamp cart, whatever pallet I had left and a few pieces salvaged from the basement tear down

At least a dozen more, that I don’t have pictures of, nothing goes to waste in my shop. If its wood and you throw it out, you might find me picking it up

Want to see more? Go check out my workshop, everything made in there was, scrap, pulled out of a dumpster, pallets from work, basement paneling, you name it. Including the wood rack.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#13 posted 07-24-2014 07:13 PM

Thanks for the examples of inventive transformations to salvaged lumber. We stock about 5 acres of reclaimed woods, with much of it heading for conventional flooring and paneling applications. So it’s great to see the range of work expanded.

-- Sawkill, Brooklyn

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#14 posted 07-24-2014 07:55 PM

My first woodworking project was my dinning table made from wood I found in my alley

-- I came - I sawed - I over-built

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#15 posted 07-24-2014 08:18 PM

Hmm, I never knew this thread existed—it was started before I joined LJ. Took a self serving advertising post to get it revived, but I’ll play, as it’s a good topic.

That’s a wicked cool table, Todd.

All of these were made from reclaimed lumber.

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-- - In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

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