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    The wife wants to divorce me, calls me a junk collector

    Im on the way home last night taking my wife back from her doctors appt, and I drive by a home that obviously is having alot of work done.
    An enormous pile of junk wood in front, so I stop and while my wife is yelling at me Im embarrassing her, I pick through the pile, and take my free wood cutoffs and some pine and pressure treated with nails in it.
    The entire ride home I had to listen to her tell me that homeless people and destitute people do those things.Besides she says, youre going to scratch up your car.

    But I love scraps. Someones garbage is my gold.
    Why let it end up as land fill. Its not even going into a fireplace to keep someone warm(not the pressure treated for sure).
    Call me green.

    This is the kind of stuff I use scraps for, since nothing is over 2 feet long, and I adjust the widths to the sizes I have.

    I always put something in a picture when I make childrens things so its easy to see the actual size.
    Planters, little critters, mostly kid furniture, benches, lounges, whatever sizes I get, Ill cut. Just wanted to share. Anyone know a woman that doesnt mind a junk collector?

    The table is actually slices of a 2x4, maybe 8-10 inches wide, I just rip slices.
    8 screws each, some brads, some glue, and bingo, I have a gift to bring when I visit someone, and they always seem to appreciate it.(well, most of them, started 2 years ago)
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    Allen,
    Just to get the scale right, is that a #10 coffee can in the photo? Pretty neat project all around!
    -Ned

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    My EX use to complain when I rescued gold from someone's trash.

    Next thing you know she was complaining because I didn't take her anywhere.


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    I salvage whenever the opportunity presents itself... you'd be surprised what you find for raw materials, art projects... and even sometimes what things are worth. A few years ago I picked up a box of old picture frames in my travels, and one of the framed photos inside sold for almost $3,700 on eBay. My own little Antiques Roadshow story!

    --MJ
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    I've been known to scavenge junk myself. I assume you have seen my Lathe from a Rototiller thread?
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Allen,

    We must be related somehow, I feel the same way about finding used lumber as you do. My problem, though, is there isn't much lying around here in Santa Fe. I have to resort to pallets I used to get from work, before I retired, but that's another thread.

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    Busted . . .

    I have no " overhead " because of Fort Bliss' " Packing & Crateing " Dept. Seems like anything under four feet of anything is scrap. To them it is I guess. Took LOML along diving the Bliss dumpsters on a saturday. CID stopped to say Hi and run our numbers and IDs. She doesn't go along any longer even though about half our home improvments and % 99 of my materials for the " business " are courtesy of the US ARMY. Go figure.

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    On craigslist, out here on LI, the amount of free furniture is absurd
    Once in a while Ill pick up a chest of drawers, not for the wood, but for the handles and pulls.
    Some of these things are 50-75 years old, discontinued numbers, and just unique.
    Although I have no control over the thing, I sometimes try to clean them up with the dremel, but IM not much for having that much control over such a small tool.
    Im afraid people who see me at their garbage at 8:30 during the dark hours of the winter, are going to be frightened, or think Im a derelict and call the police on me.
    I once was taking the wheels off an old carriage someone had thrown out and they started screaming at me to get away before they call the cops!
    I ended up going to the depot and spending 9 dollars each for crummy little hard rubber wheels.(what a waste, so I made a wooden jig to cut circles on the router, now the few wheels I need are wood)

    Taking apart pallets is just backbreaking work, and I dont get enough hardwood without holes to use for much.
    My contractor neighbor will always bring home his cutoffs for me from deckwork, too bad not many people are getting decks these days.
    I missed out on a nice cedar fence, I just couldnt get there in time to beat the sanitation men.
    Last edited by allen levine; 04-03-2008 at 12:57 AM.

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    Just tell her she'll get stuck with half the junk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Shuk View Post
    Just tell her she'll get stuck with half the junk.
    Or... half the treasure, heh... It's been my experience once they figure out how much could possibly be gained from the acquisition of "cool stuff," their perspective changes.

    Craig's List is a wonderful source of treasures, yes, I agree completely!

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