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Old 06-02-2013, 07:54 AM   #1
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Lots of nice used hardwood, how to dispose of it?


We ripped up a lot of hardwood flooring and I feel bad (because it's probably rain forest) and I don't want to just throw it in the landfill. There are huge staples in it otherwise I would plane it down and use it for a project. Any thoughts?
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Looks like land fill to me.
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Can i burn it?
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Somebody will have a use for it.

Craigslist.
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Rainforest hardwood scraps burn very nicely, however if they have a varnish coating that may give off toxic vapor. I vote for Craigs List, you can give away anything on that site.
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If I lived closer, I would take it off your hands.

We have a woodworking hobby and used lots of old flooring in our projects.

Just run it through a planer and go from there.

What looks like landfill to one; to another it looks like a
birdcage awaiting to be made.

Please don't throw it away.

We've also made perfume cabinets
from old flooring.
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That looks like prefinished hardwood to me.
Running through a planner with that type finish and what's left of the staples when someone clips or breaks them off will distroy the blades or at least gum them up.
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Took another look at your wood, it looks like cherry?
what a score that would be for us.

This birdcage and stand was mostly flooring picked up
from someone's curbside. After we planed it, I picked out
the pieces that looked mostly like QS oak.
We also made a perfume cabinet out of curbside oak
flooring

again, I sure wish I lived closer to you.
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That looks like prefinished hardwood to me.
Running through a planner with that type finish and what's left of the staples when someone clips or breaks them off will distroy the blades or at least gum them up.
You obviously have to take out all staples and nails before planing the wood.

It takes time, but worth it.

We scored big on oak church kneelers that were being dumped from our
sons church. We cleaned off all nails and staples, ran it through the
planer and made lots of cabinets and door moldings.

I posted one pic of a project made with old wood flooring and you still
doubt me?

btw...it makes no difference if it's pre-finished or not, it's
still real hardwood, the planer takes off the stain as well.

You have one way of looking at things, other people
look at thing differently.
Michelangelo looked at a hunk of stone, and saw David
inside and started chiseling the stone to get David
out.
I feel the same way; one persons hunk of
old used wood is another persons treasure.

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Took another look at your wood, it looks like cherry?
what a score that would be for us.

This birdcage and stand was mostly flooring picked up
from someone's curbside. After we planed it, I picked out
the pieces that looked mostly like QS oak.
We also made a perfume cabinet out of curbside oak
flooring

again, I sure wish I lived closer to you.

Lucky bird. He has a beautiful cage.

You have some great talent and a sharp eye for potentials. I wish I could tour your home.

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Thanks creeper, I wish you could tour it as well. it's fun when we
have guests that appreciate how much of 'us' in in our home.

This is a great forum for Me --as we're the ultimate
crazy 'over the top' DIY's.
All self taught, there is hardly anything we won't attempt to do
ourselves, and when we do it, we jump in head first.

I'm the assistant knot, the head knot doesn't post on forums,
he's too busy on the latest project. I get all the ideas, and he makes
it come true...I scour the yard sales and good will stores looking
for things to make out of the stuff I find.

We make tons of furniture and cabinets; many times from finding a single
piece of jewelry or knob...some people
(not mentioning any names ) would just see a hunk of jewelry, I see a perfume cabinet...

I wish there was a woodworking section here...I'll get you a pic of my perfume
cabinet.

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While I was looking for the perfume cabinet, I found this photo
that I took of Dante -- eyeing up my canary while he was flying around
while I was cleaning the the cage.

This one we made from walnut to match the walnut chairs and table...
it is home to our lovebird. We also made the table and two low back
chairs (Dante is sitting on one of the chairs)
The chairs were the hardest thing we ever made, and we make a lot of stuff) We taught ourselves to
make stained glass windows, and have incorporated stained glass in a lot of the
furniture we make.

ok, found a close-up...the brass bird is a good will find.
I glued a wood thing 0n it from a christmas ornament
on it, and used it for the pull knob

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This is the perfume cabinet. This was once someones oak flooring.
The top is glass and the sides are glass, as
I wanted to get the natural light to flow through for
the stained glass...the inside back we put
mirror. We also have a night light inside and a glass
shelf inside.

See the jeweled knob...I picked it up at good will for a buck,
it was a pin. We made a wood knob and attached the pin to it.
I have lots of perfume, this is the smaller cabinet,
we also made a big one for me.


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We ripped up a lot of hardwood flooring and I feel bad (because it's probably rain forest) and I don't want to just throw it in the landfill. There are huge staples in it otherwise I would plane it down and use it for a project. Any thoughts?
Check with a local salvage place. Like Habitat's ReStore locations.

When we demolished our old house we had Second Chance come and salvage it. Got a $130k tax deduction for it. And kept a considerable amount of material out of the landfill.

So you might be able to see the wood get reused AND get a tax break for it.
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Maybe try putting it on craigslist.. We have wood workers, and artists contact us quite often wanting our old scraps. Someone will have a use for it.
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