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Forum topic by bryano posted 09-09-2007 08:23 AM 11076 views 0 times favorited 17 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2007 08:23 AM

Topic tags/keywords: recycled wood

dose any body here use recycled wood. There are several places to find recyclable wood. I often find myself looking on street corners for discarded furnature, many of the items found are solid hardwood. discarded couches allways have recyclable lumber, more often than not mahogany or oak. Ive found solid tables made of cherry, cabinets made of alder, and dressers with oak drawer fronts. Another place to look is yard sales. usable wood can be acquired for a fraction of the price of new wood. I also check my local furnature factory for cutoffs and wood scrap, you would be suprized at how big and useable these scraps are. Recycling wood may take a little more effort but I for one think its worth it. Not only will it save you money it also saves trees. So please recycle if you can.

Any feedback on other recycling resorces will be appreciated.

-- bryano

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 11:28 AM

those are some great ideas.
skids from factories is another good source.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 02:16 PM

“Warm and Free, warm and free, that’s what it take to get a hold on me!” I think that was Bobby Bare.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 04:20 PM

Listen closely…I’m a nurse and have seen this many times before here…You have the Lumberjock fever. A new powertool might ease the symptoms, but there is no cure. Sorry. Keep wood-working.

As for using recycled wood…Lets call it “reclaimed” wood. Recycled sounds like Trex decking. Not really wood. I use a lot of reclaimed maple flooring in my projects. The imperfections only add to the character. I’ve also built my benchvise out of reclaimed cherry. I even have this POS chicken coop/ storage shed that I built 15 years ago out of reclaimed plywood from a concrete project! There is not a plumb wall in the whole thing and the posts are set only a foot in the dirt. All the NY storms so far have yet to crash this shed (go figure) and I want to build a new one closer to the shop…Guess maybe a “friendly” fire is needed to bring it down.

So keep “reclaiming” the wood you find. One mans trash is another mans treasure. An excuse that won’t work long with the wife. So I’m banned from junk yards. Bummer.

-- Make Woodworking Great Again!

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#4 posted 09-10-2007 11:50 AM

Reclaimed, recycled, used wood, call it what you like – Weather its a an old chair or a telegraph pole – take it whenever you can.

There are some fantics woods out there, some of which you cannot get anymore. even the smallest pieces can come in useful (especially unusal woods) for making inlay and veneers. and what is left can go to heat the workshop or house.

As for Dadoo’s comment about our illness – I can confirm that buying a new tool helps to reduce the symptoms, but it is only temporary – then you must but more to remove the symptoms again

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#5 posted 09-10-2007 01:33 PM

I use reclaimed wood for 95% of the projects that i build.
I tear down old fallen barns and i now have a 10 year supply of barn wood.
If you would like to see what i do with reclaimed wood go to

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#6 posted 09-11-2007 01:58 AM

Wow John! Thats alot of projects with reclaimed wood. Great bird houses.

-- bryano

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#7 posted 09-11-2007 02:23 AM

Hello bryano;
—-and then also, anytime I cut a tree down and use that wood….I am starting to re-cycle the wood of that tree. This is just an-other way of saying….”all is yours, take what you will and use all that you take”!

And then I’m also banned from some of my friends workshops since whenever I come over, I want to go digging through their wood scraps box….oh well, another story. Every where I go, I’m on the lookout for ‘leftover’, ‘re-cycled’ and ‘re-claimed’ wood. I spent Saturday kayaking a lake up here and then on my way in, I paddled the shore looking for driftwood, branches and lumber. The bug has me so bad that come spring I go down to the rivers and collect whats coming down river after spring thaw….yes I have plenty of stories about where to get wood and maybe some day I’ll write a blog story or a book on this….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#8 posted 09-11-2007 03:30 AM

I use the heck out reclaimed wood. Everyone of my projects on here came from left overs from something else or pieces of scrap. My stock is getting low though. I am gonna have to get the ol’ hawk eye out again.

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#9 posted 09-11-2007 03:31 AM


A significant amount of my production turning wood comes from recycled, reclaimed or repurposed timber. Quite a lot of it comes from trees blown over in storms, also from land clearing for new construction, highway expansion and trees that have become dangerous or diseased.

I’ve also gotten a few blanks (Walnut, Flame Redwood and Birdseye Maple) from old furniture… Coffee tables, headboards and couches. It’s nice to be able to give it a second life and it makes you feel like you’re being a better steward with our precious natural resources. Take care and all the best to you and yours!

-- Better Woodturning and Finishing Through Chemistry...

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#10 posted 09-11-2007 05:10 AM

HMMMMMM….......reclaimed/recycled/used wood…...MMMMMMMMM….....I LOVE IT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I have a bad habit of when I drive around and I pass a new construction house (which are going up like mad around here) I will stop and ask if I can dig thru their burn/discard pile. I have never had a builder tell me no….less for them to have to get rid of. I use it for all my garage/shed projects and I had built one hell of a great work bench (which my ex-wife traded to a contractor to build out the garage before I could get it out). The uses for used/reclaimed wood are endless and if you look hard enough you can find almost anything….just be sure to ask permission or you can be busted for theft.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#11 posted 09-11-2007 06:13 AM

Use it all the time, find it all the time. Drift wood, torn down fences, thrown out furniture, etc.

Frank would have a lot of scrap to dig thru in my shop. Of course I don’t call it scrap, I call it future projects.

You should check out Ron ’s site and his log salvage program.

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#12 posted 09-12-2007 04:53 PM

I have access to more free wood than I can possibly store. A friend’s farm has wood from 2 or 3 dismantled barns, all stacked and just sitting there in the elements. He has used a little, but I am free to take as much as I want. I have a job coming up tearing down a large redwood deck (in good shape) to make way for an addition. Don’t know where I’m gonna put it all. Neighbor worked at a business that got loads on oak 2×6 skids, I’ve got a stack of those. Same farm as above has a 5-foot stack of 4×4 oak skids, free for the taking. I’m all about re-used wood. I do buy veneer plywood and some cedar.

-- mike, wisconsin,

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#13 posted 09-12-2007 05:23 PM

Wow, I would love to find a cache like that. I would be building things all the time. Of course, I would build a few things for my suppliers too! Well done on the recycle.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#14 posted 09-13-2007 06:14 PM

Yeah, I’ve been pretty lucky when it comes to wood. I’m not selfish though, if any of you find yourself driving through madison wi, look me up, there’s always extra lying around.

-- mike, wisconsin,

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#15 posted 09-14-2007 05:58 PM

This is the best wood you can find. My favorite is old redwood water tanks, mmmmm…. All the wood I have is “Salvage” cut from logs that are wind fall, building site clearing, deadfall and left over’s from large harvesting operations. I have a web page devoted to making the most of our resources.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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