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Ulma Doctor

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I got a whole bunch of 2x4x36" and 2x4x38" that were going to be dumped.
i thought that this was a heinous waste of resources.
i decided to find ways to repurpose the wood.
here is the story of the projects that will come from the resources.

here is the pile of wood

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for the first project,
i started resawing the 2x4" into 3/4" x 3/4"x 36"slats and 3/4"x1-1/2"x 18"supports with my ryobi 10" contractor saw

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i used a crown stapler and eyeballed square and started installing the slats, using a spare slat for spacing and baddabing,
i now have a swarf catching reclaimed wood doormat!!!

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and now it sits in front of my garage(shop) door, leading into the house.

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now the little woman will not have to clean up as much swarf in the house!
 
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Great project, Mike. I like the re-purposing idea for a limited resource. I don't know about you but my wife says that if I make a mess, I get to clean it!
 

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Great project, Mike. I like the re-purposing idea for a limited resource. I don't know about you but my wife says that if I make a mess, I get to clean it!
thanks Mikey!
i'm the luckiest guy on the planet, she doesn't give me any crap for messing things up. :grin:
i'm sure she doesn't like it, but she has never complained.
i do try to be mindful.
i figured an hour of work on something like this, may save her some time to do other things.
 

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I don't know about you but my wife says that if I make a mess, I get to clean it!
I get that same treatment.
One night she got a painful sliver in her heal. I of course had to play Dr. It was a curl of swarf that had curled into her heal. Not knowing this pulling on it with tweezers was not working, just making her howl a lot.
I finally figured out that it was a curl and twisted it out (to many screams).
When she finally caught her breath she says "what was it"....A wood sliver I say....don't know how you got that!

Nice job on the door mat Ulma....hope she doesn't go barefoot and get a sliver.LOL
 

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I get that same treatment.
One night she got a painful sliver in her heal. I of course had to play Dr. It was a curl of swarf that had curled into her heal. Not knowing this pulling on it with tweezers was not working, just making her howl a lot.
I finally figured out that it was a curl and twisted it out (to many screams).
When she finally caught her breath she says "what was it"....A wood sliver I say....don't know how you got that!
Nice job on the door mat Ulma....hope she doesn't go barefoot and get a sliver.LOL
Thank you rgray!
you are brilliant!, i'm gonna keep the wood sliver idea in my back pocket :eagerness:
 

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well i got an itch to make something for my son.
i took one of the 2x4's i reclaimed and made him a toy that i made from a quick design

the Tracks,
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the Hull
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the Turret and Barrel
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Pre-assembly
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and the assembled work
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and after inspection and finish sanding by my supervisor, he went off to play!

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a very simple and fun project from something that was going to be thrown away.

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Well i was at it again today.
for the project des jours, i made a DVD/Video game rack that can likely hold 300 or more dvd's, etc

i started with 3- 43" 2x4's, and ripped them 3/4" thickness x 4" (nominal) wide, and gang cut them to 42",
i then fed them through the planer and took an 1/8" off , to clean up the saw marks
i took 2- 43" 2x4's, and resawed them to 3/4" square , giving me 16 pieces
i cut 14 of the 3/4" pieces to 41-1/4" length.
i cut the remaining 3/4" pieces into 10, 7-1/4" cleats for supports for the horizontal members
i cut a top from some reclaimed oak plywood and slanted the top slightly , (my Blue Ray player has an idiosyncrasy with the remote control angle so rather than prop up the blue ray, i slanted the top 3* to compensate with a wedge in the rear under the top)
i smacked it all together with half a million 1/4"x 1-1/2" crown staples
i the used a router to relieve the edges with a 3/8" carbide roundover bit
i gave it a twice over with 150 grit sanding sponges.

i'm considering a white wash finish, but i like the look of natural wood.
Whaddya think???

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thanks for looking!
 

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It's amazing how much lumber gets wasted. My company was next door to a new Hitachi office, they uncrated some machines and threw several large 2x4s in the dumpster- It's holding up my workbenches now. Even the Japanese are wasteful sometimes.
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It's amazing how much lumber gets wasted. My company was next door to a new Hitachi office, they uncrated some machines and threw several large 2x4s in the dumpster- It's holding up my workbenches now. Even the Japanese are wasteful sometimes.
Mark
Hi Mark, thanks for looking.
i agree it's a shame how many things end up in landfills because of our society has a throw it away mentality. :confusion:
maybe we can't recycle everything, but we should make the attempt for what we can save.
 

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Mike, you're having entirely too much fun with the woodworking projects. I fear that you are being pulled over to the dark side!:eek 2:
BTW nice work!
Thank you very much RJ.
i'm tempted by the dark side, but my true love is metal :grin:
Mike
Your going to be a master carpenter yet.
thank you, you are waay too kind
i think i have a long bumpy road ahead to call myself a master or anything :grin big:
 

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Doc, just an idea if you have a few slats left over. Adding some strips like these to the bottom of your contractor saw will make it easier to install/remove from the Workmate. The jaws of the Workmate when fully open will hold tight in the wood strips, no need for clamps.
The saw is still stable when used on other surfaces.

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Doc, just an idea if you have a few slats left over. Adding some strips like these to the bottom of your contractor saw will make it easier to install/remove from the Shopmate. The jaws of the Shopmate when fully open will hold tight in the wood strips, no need for clamps.
The saw is still stable when used on other surfaces.
that's one hellva idea, i'll be stealing the idea very soon, thanks :grin:
 

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I gotta get back to wood working...
Great that you're able to score the materials and then actually do something with them.
I've got the garden/mower shed crammed to the rafters and then under the back porch is chocked full...
 

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i was back at it again today in the shop, i still have a few of the 2x4's left, but the pile is dwindling :grin:


i wanted a shop stool.
i decided to make a shop stool.
i literally spent tens of minutes in planning, conceptualizing, and recording the idea.
this fact is supported by the stick figure drawing below:

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as indicated,
i made a cut list and gathered materials.
in the material heap, i found a construction fir 2'x2'x8' .
2- @ 42" lengths became the rear legs
i ripped and cross cut 2x4's down for the rest of the base piects
4- @ 18" lengths, those became the rungs and seat support
7- @ 13" lengths, those became the seat supports, rungs, and back support
i modified the design after realizing 17" was a bit wide for a stool and 22" was too deep of a chair
i settled for 15-1/2" and 21 respectively and went on

one note:
i'm not a woodworker, i generally destroy wood in the process of creating things.
but one product makes making 90° corners a breeze, the Kreg R3 pocket Hole Jig
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i used it and i can't believe how well and how simple it was to make strong intersections.

i used the pocket jig on 4 of the members,
the rest were done using conventional deck screws without drilling pocket holes, only predrilled to prevent splitting

i had a few pieces of truck bed deck oak from a repair depot near my work, that i whacked up and made a seat top
i screwed the oak down and sanded her with the 4-1/2" disc sander and 80 grit disc
then went over it with 150 grit on a random orbit sander, to take the splinters
i spared no expense i used 2 tablespoons of the best extra virgin olive oil i had and soaked a shop towel
i rubbed it down, wiped it off and sat down for a moment.
then i realized it didn't sit exactly straight, it wobbled slightly.

i use a beer level to ascertain the offending leg.

for the uninitiated,
you must drink one full beer, before you drink a half beer -
to get a beer level, otherwise calibration is compromised ;)

i took the 4-1/2" sander out and rubbed some fir off the bottom of the offending leg and it sits solid now!

without further delay:

THE SHOP CHAIR OF INVINCIBILITY !!!!!

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more projects to come from the wood pile,

STAY TUNED!!!!!!!

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Growing up there was a saying, Lump of 4 x 2 , some string, some No.8 and a bit of sticky tape can fix or make damn near anything.
 
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