Saturday, July 28, 2012

Reclaim and Reuse...

A year or so ago, well before I started blogging about my projects, I built a patio table and chairs.  I just wanted to see if I could follow a plan and do it.  Well, I struggled, as it seems I do with just about everything!  But, in the end, I was pretty pleased, and very surprised, with my efforts.

I used regular old 2x4's for the legs on the table and the chairs.  I had to shape the chair legs, and this was before I had a jig saw and was too afraid to use the circular saw.  I used select pine for the table top and the slats on the chairs.  I stained it and sprayed a coat of polyurethane on it, but the intention was to put a couple good coats of sealer on it.

I'm sure you can guess that those good intentions were never acted upon.  Can you guess how well these fared outside in the rain and sun of sunny California?  Not well!!  In fact, here's what it looked like yesterday in my garage.

Never one to let things go to waste, I'd asked that the pieces be dropped off at my house.  I spent 2 hours Friday morning turning this pile of scrap into clean, reclaimed lumber.  It was loaded with nails and screws, and that all had to be removed before storing.  Let me tell you, it wasn't long after I started that I was sure I was crazy and should have had a bonfire with this stuff!  Those two hours of prying out nails with a pair of pliers wreaked havoc on my fingers and wrists!

 But, finally I was finished and had a nice stack of 1x2, 1x3, and 2x2 slightly used select pine.  Wait a minute, what are those 4x4's doing there??  They weren't in the table - I think I got a drop off bonus!

Oh, and see all that tall lumber?  That's cedar that logger SIL sent home with me back in May.  In my trunk! I'm itching to use it, I just have no imagination and can't think of anything to build - Any ideas?  Let me know if you think of something!  

Oh, and another bonus - see that pile of screws in the middle of the picture above?  Those were good pocket-hole screws.  I don't waste those, ever, they are way more expensive than just regular screws.

All in all, I spent 2 hours doing something very boring, tedious, and sometimes painful.  But, in the end I have some lumber with character to use on some of my next projects.

And, my Grandma would be proud to see that I was trying to live her "waste not want not" philosophy.