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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263000 by djscruggs » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:21 pm

OMG....so many have experience with using old furniture, but I NEVER hear anyone brag about that....it seems such an obvious source.....and generally, the beautiful hardwoods are more likely stained than painted....in my experience.

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263002 by wa2crk » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:15 pm

I used to pick the "leave it to Beaver" beds when people left them at the curb for the trash man. ( sorry I meant trash person). You know, the old maple twin beds that the boys used to sleep in. The headboards yielded a lot of good hard maple. My drum sander is really good at removing the finish. Today if you can find them people want an arm and a leg for them
Bill V
P.S. The square posts on some of the beds yield some good turning squares just be careful of the steel pins that hold the side rails.

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263014 by djscruggs » Sat Sep 21, 2019 7:22 pm

This was exactly what I had in mind.....the old twin beds and turning the bed posts! I've got a set of two walnut twin beds in the basement storage that my wife won't let me destroy, yet we've had no use for for 15 years!

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263237 by Flanker27 » Sat Sep 28, 2019 1:45 pm

Yeah, it's much better to repurpose these beautiful pieces of wood! Sure, lead paint is an issue, but you'll be safe with varnished wood. If it's painted, get it tested, dump it if the paint is lead-based, but if it isn't, then you could sand it and refinish it as you see fit (varnish if the wood looks great, paint if it's damaged, for example)

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263276 by davebodner » Sun Sep 29, 2019 4:17 pm

This was exactly what I had in mind.....the old twin beds and turning the bed posts! I've got a set of two walnut twin beds in the basement storage that my wife won't let me destroy, yet we've had no use for for 15 years!


I feel your pain. I suspect a lot of us do. I've been been storing old crap that belonged to previous generations for many years.

I like old stuff, and I suspect of lot of us do. But, chances are our belongings will be a burden on our kids. There's been a major cultural shift, and the younger folks just don't want "brown" furniture anymore.

I suspect this is a result of widespread affluence. When all of your possessions can fit in one steamer trunk, your stuff is valuable to your kids. But, if you have a house filled to the brim with stuff, it's tough to be sentimental about it.

So, if you can reclaim lumber from old furniture without cause marital problems, go for it and without guilt. With the caveats others here already posted.

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263291 by Flanker27 » Mon Sep 30, 2019 2:17 am

Eh, I wouldn't say so, "retro/vintage" furniture is EXTREMELY trendy for people in their twenties, I always see young well-off girls and couples buying old wooden furniture at yard sales. Sure, it's a minority, but there are people who do find it fashionable.
And even if your wife doesn't want to throw the old furniture away, it's possible to convince her to "reinvent" it, to dismantle it and turn it into something new that'll be useful, without destroying or selling it off!

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263336 by number3456 » Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:06 pm

I have remade old headboards into benchs. An old cupboard that grandpa used to hold bridles, bits, harness parts for draft horses I made in a desk. A old 1/2 barn door turned into a wall hanging (after I convince the Mrs. to let me wire brush the “material” off it so it wasn’t too rustic.)

Use your imagination and put the old wood to use. That said I agree with others on beware of painted surfaces for lead.

I always wonder about the home improvement shows on DIY, HGTV, etc when they use old painted boards on their construction if they test and mitigate lead paint.

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My wife's garden spade had the wooden handle split and come loose. So I fixed it. Some time ago I removed the handles from my lathe turning set to use the Robert Sorby handle system. so here's the fix.
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A Shopsmith garden spade !!! :D
Bill V

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Re: Repurposing vs Recycling old furniture Pros & cons?

#263366 by BuckeyeDennis » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:41 pm

wa2crk wrote:My wife's garden spade had the wooden handle split and come loose. So I fixed it. Some time ago I removed the handles from my lathe turning set to use the Robert Sorby handle system. so here's the fix.
repurposing.jpg
A Shopsmith garden spade !!! :D
Bill V


That's a great start, Bill. But to catch Shopsmith up with Lee Valley, you still need to do a garden fork! :D

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