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    Don Taylor is offline Former Member (by the member's request)
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    One "Person's" trash is another "Person's" treasure

    I have seen a great deal of response here to the idea
    of converting found, salvaged or rescued items to adequate,
    useful or even treasured status.

    I think it would be great to see what you have rescued from
    the curb, yard sales, building sites, dumpster diving, renovations
    (work or otherwise), or any other of the many places that seem
    to elude me right this minute.

    Let's see restoration/conversion ideas.

    This is an old military table I rescued from the dump. I painted it
    and filled in the huge handles with wood plugs to extend the work
    surface. I also raised the center section with one thickness of 3/4"
    plywood.







    My intention was to build a drawer box on the left side and a
    cabinet on the right. (I even cut the plywood to size to do this.)

    On the outside of each box would be a length of 2X3 the
    length of the depth of this table. Attached to the cabinet sides,
    perched on two lengths on 3/4" electrical conduit, they would
    slide up and down to provide support for the miter saw.

    The bottom would house a box with a lip for cut-offs.

    I still think it was a great way to put that clunky table to use
    However, space being crucial, it went to a friend who said, I
    want it if you ever get rid of it.

    I needed a multi-use work station for lumber sizing and came up with this:



    The base cabinets are trash and the top is my first mistake laden
    attempt at a glue-up. Hopefully, you won't recognize it when I finish with it.

    Ok, whatcha got?

    (I am posting this in two forums)

    Don

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Taylor View Post
    Let's see restoration/conversion ideas.
    Don
    Interesting thread topic, Don. Here's my contribution: A few months ago, a friend/coworker offered to sell me her old Singer treadle sewing machine, and I bit on it, as I've wanted one for years. When I got it and brought it home, hubby took a good look at it and said that the cabinet could not be salvaged and that the machine itself (a 1913 model) was missing so many parts that it would cost more than it was worth to fix it. So....we gave the actual machine to a dealer here in town to do with what he wanted; we trashed the old cabinet; and turned the old treadle base into a casual table. I needed a bedside table in the bedroom anyway, so we put an oak tabletop on it and it now holds my jewelry box and a couple of other things.

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    Just a little clean-up and Rustoleum on the base--and I have a new table.

    I can't get him to try to recycle pallet wood---he's very stubborn.

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    About 6 years ago one of my neighbors installed new doors (and jams) in his house. He left the old ones on the street and I picked them up. LOML really let me have what for (if you know what I mean). A few weeks later she was singing a new tune and let me start buying better toys (and wood). The sides are glued up panels from teh old white pine jams. The tops and bottoms are cut down from the doors. The trim is also from the small trim pieces that rest against the coor when it's closed. The carcases are also from the jam material. I milled the moldings and feet (another glue up) from the original door moldings. The only "new" wood in the pieces are the drawers. I made the drawers from poplar, and the false fronts are spalted beech. Both obtained from a guy that has a personal saw mill.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nancy Laird View Post
    Interesting thread topic, Don. Here's my contribution: A few months ago, a friend/coworker offered to sell me her old Singer treadle sewing machine, and I bit on it, as I've wanted one for years. When I got it and brought it home, hubby took a good look at it and said that the cabinet could not be salvaged and that the machine itself (a 1913 model) was missing so many parts that it would cost more than it was worth to fix it. So....we gave the actual machine to a dealer here in town to do with what he wanted; we trashed the old cabinet; and turned the old treadle base into a casual table. I needed a bedside table in the bedroom anyway, so we put an oak tabletop on it and it now holds my jewelry box and a couple of other things.

    Just a little clean-up and Rustoleum on the base--and I have a new table. Nancy (41 days)
    Nancy that is a beautiful table. I have seen other things made from treadle bases but none so nice.

    DT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Burt View Post
    About 6 years ago one of my neighbors installed new doors (and jams) in his house. He left the old ones on the street and I picked them up. LOML really let me have what for (if you know what I mean). A few weeks later she was singing a new tune and let me start buying better toys (and wood). The sides are glued up panels from teh old white pine jams. The tops and bottoms are cut down from the doors. The trim is also from the small trim pieces that rest against the coor when it's closed. The carcases are also from the jam material. I milled the moldings and feet (another glue up) from the original door moldings. The only "new" wood in the pieces are the drawers. I made the drawers from poplar, and the false fronts are spalted beech. Both obtained from a guy that has a personal saw mill.
    I think I would let you get more and better things to work with too Billy!

    If you can do that with trash, what would you be able to do with a truck full of nice wood?

    DT

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    Don, I'm sorry to inform you but from the pictures and the lack of dust it is obvious that you don't exist. For a shop w/o dust is a figment of someones imagination and sense a person is an extension of his shop and with the shop being a figment and you the extension of the figment and not even a total thought or imagination. Sorry to let you down but .... May the dust be with you....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Simpson View Post
    Don, I'm sorry to inform you but from the pictures and the lack of dust it is obvious that you don't exist. For a shop w/o dust is a figment of someones imagination and sense a person is an extension of his shop and with the shop being a figment and you the extension of the figment and not even a total thought or imagination. Sorry to let you down but .... May the dust be with you....










    I try VERY hard not to make saw dust Bill. I simply cannot breathe it any longer. I am in the last stages of hooking up my cyclone now.
    I can't do much as far as hooking up the machines right now. I would be in the way of the guy working on the new sky hook.

    DT

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Taylor View Post
    Nancy that is a beautiful table. I have seen other things made from treadle bases but none so nice.

    DT
    Thanks, Don!!

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    Sure if you go out and buy dust to scatter about.....

    Okay so you do exist... I do envy you in your cleanlyness (or should I say that my wife/mate and caretaker of my heart wishes I were as clean as you). As for the Singer, We have a couple of fine Singer Cast iron bases as well as a complete unit I did for my daughter, Replaced the Treddle machine withan electric that fits the case.

    Nancy, I fail to see why any Singer case is beyond recovery, Too bad if it is already gone. A lot of work, maybe , but beyond help, I doubt. Few are too far gone to recover. Just not ready to do the sacrifice of hard labor.

    I use mine with some Marble slabs form old High school bathroom stalls as table tops, out on the Patio. Still have the drawers...

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    I though I have to be tall enough to run my lathe even if it kilz me. So I salvaged the Kilz cans to make me tall enough to run my mini lathe while it was clamped to my Delta lathe bed. Will that work for you Don??? I also salvaged the concrete block for the base & 2x4's that I laminated up to make the top for the Delta lathe bench, it & the lathe weight in at about 420 lbs.
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