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Lightweight Sledge: Reclaimed – Instructables

Great tutorial by judebond on how to make a sled from a sign. Not a bad idea for all those campaign signs still floating around.


This sledge is light, fast and durable. It costs next to nothing and is a synch to build.

When it snowed I wanted to take my son sledging, but I couldn’t find a sledge for love or money so I decided I’d make one.

The materials were fly tipped at some communal bins near my house; this sledge is constructed primarily from a reclaimed FOR SALE sign.


via Lightweight Sledge: Reclaimed.

Furniture Restoration Specialist @ Habitat ReStore Newport News!: Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Newport News Opportunity – VolunteerMatch

Calling all DIY lovers! As our Furniture Restoration Specialist, your creations will be featured in our store for purchase and display. We need individuals skilled in furniture restoration to add to our store’s collection. Tools, materials, and workspace will be provided; however, we encourage bringing tools from home to add your own personal touch.

Shifts available:

Monday – Friday

9AM – 1PM

via Furniture Restoration Specialist @ Habitat ReStore Newport News!: Habitat for Humanity ReStore – Newport News Opportunity – VolunteerMatch.

Slot Together Pyramid Garden Planter Made from Pallets – Instructables

I live in the UK, and own a small business designing and building: Cargo Carrying Bicycles, Bike Trailers, Pedal Powered Utility Trucks & Vans, Pedal Racing Cars and Human Powered Vehicles, lightweight Pony Carrigages and Carts, Pallet Reclamation bars, cooking fire tripods and fire hearths, along with bespoke steel fabrications and replica historical bits & bobs from steel.

Bonus video – pallet deconstructor bar!

via http://www.instructables.com/id/Slot-Together-Pyramid-Garden-Planter/#step1

Burn Pile Buffet–Part 2… Using Stain to Make Artwork! | Sawdust and Embryos

Sawdust and Embryos wins the prize not only for loveliest DIY project I’ve seen in years, but also for the best quote about it. We are pretty stinkin proud of you too!


It’s like a legit piece of artwork. I’m in total shock that this technique has never been done before… because it’s SO easy, and has such a dramatically beautiful effect. I’m pretty stinkin’ proud of myself for coming up with this one!




Let them show you exactly how to do it on Burn Pile Buffet–Part 2… Using Stain to Make Artwork! | Sawdust and Embryos.

Design*Sponge | Your home for all things Design. Home Tours, DIY Project, City Guides, Shopping Guides, Before & Afters and much more

Kim is an event designer, and finding unusual and inventive solutions is part of her trade. The top is actually a chunk of slate from an old pool table. I pass slate slabs like these at salvage yards frequently, and I am kicking myself for never thinking to use them in this manner. The whole project took less than a day and cost nothing, although it should be noted that coming across such magnificent fallen branches doesn’t happen every day. The result is so elegant, especially with the addition of Kim’s lovely organic styling. I’m definitely filing this away in my great ideas folder, and I’m making the case here and now: Rivendell chic, the next big thing. 🙂 — Kate

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Retro » recycled skateboards – Surfboards

Skateboards are sweet, its just as simple as that. Most people throw them away after they snap. There´s is such great colors inside these boards, keep them and make art, furniture or whatever you like. It will be awsome!

Thousands of boards being used as landfill all over the world, and that´s a shame with this great material inside these boards.Don´t throw those boards away, keep them and make something beautiful!

Since december 2011 i have been working on a 6’4 hollow fishsurfboard made from old skateboards. Its been a long and hard process, but so fun, and i have learned alot!

I want to give Matti Finholm a BIG thanks for helping me out on this projekt, And all my friends who have donated their old boards! I have collected all the material/leftovers from making this board, and i will use it in my next project.

via » recycled skateboards.

Twisted Juniper Cat Tree – Part 2 – Platforms « Lax Cat Creations

Below are some pictures of an amazing cat tree project by my friends over at Lax Cat Creations.

You really need to see how this entire project was executed. Clearly this was a labor of love! See Part 1.

Patience. This tree took a lot of patience. In particular, fitting the randomly shaped platforms between and around tree branches.  This portion of the project was the slowest, yet in my opinion, makes the tree really pop.

Using the shape of the tree, we determined where the platforms would be, what size and shape they were to become, and how we envisioned the cats getting to each one. Saki is a spry and wiry guy, but Pixie…not so much. She could be called small, but portly. To date, most of the smaller in-between levels are unused by Saki, but Pixie will carefully pick her way to the top most every time she uses the tree.

via Twisted Juniper Cat Tree – Part 2 – Platforms « Lax Cat Creations.

DIY in the Kitchen: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoons | The Kitchn

Mother Earth News first published the article How to Make a Wooden Spoon in the 1978 November/December print issue of their magazine but it is now available on their website. Author Lee H Arten explains how he taught himself how to make his first wooden spoon, a gift for his wife-to-be. Arten’s tone is encouraging and matter-of-fact, making the prospect of carving a wooden spoon seem very reachable. He subscribes to the notion that the spoon is already present in the wood and the maker is just bringing it out.

Arten has never purchased wood for his spoons. He recommends asking lumberyards, furniture making operations, and high school shop teachers for wood scraps that would normally be discarded. He also uses tools that are easy to come by and not expensive, such as a pocketknife and a rasp. You can use a band saw to make the initial cuts, but it isn’t necessary.

via DIY in the Kitchen: Carve Your Own Wooden Spoons | The Kitchn.

Lax Cat Creations – Cat Tree

Below is a project by Lax Cat Creations, a wife and husband team of amazing talent creativity.  They also love their cats!

So my wife has been wanting an indoor habitat for our two cats ever since we got Mr. Saki.  Every time she would bring it up or show me the hideous carpet explosions online, I’d cringe.  We put out heads together and thought, “what if the cat tree was made from a real…tree?”

And that was it. Every hike from there on out we were eyeing trees and debating on what would look the most artistic. Aspens were on the list, but they are hard to find in ample supply. Junipers, on the other hand, grow like weeds in the high desert.

This project took over a year to complete with large gaps in production. After all is said and done, the cats love it, and we love it.

Using a wire brush and chisel, we stripped the outer layer of flaking bark to expose a nice red layer of bark.  on the more dead portions,  there was build up of dead bark and dirt.

Working in custom home building affords one with beam cut-offs (or “drops”) of sizable proportions.  One such drop was selected for the base of our tree.  This was a 5-1/8″ x 18″ glulam beam that I cut into an 18″ x 18′ square.

After staining the base, I used a piece of steel plate (about 3/16″ thick) to run two 1/2″ x 8″ lag bolts and a long piece of all-thread through.  To counter sink the plate and soon to be inserted lags, I made a number of cuts with a Skil Saw and then knocked and chiseled  out the wood.  A router would work good for something like this, but I’m a framer.

Arian found a number of stains at the local Re-Store and mixed up a color she liked for the dead sections of wood. Using a dark stain and multiple coats of polyurethane, the color of the bark really stood out against the dark stained grain.  The three coats of polyurethane also served to protect the bark from further peeling and sap dripping on floors.

To be continued…

Part 2

via Lax Cat Creations.

Crazy Affordable: DIY Shipping Pallet Couch | 2Modern Blog

Another pallet project! We can’t help ourselves. We think modern is reusing materials you already have to make new, awesome things, and shipping pallets are something this earth has in abundance. And, if you play your cards right (i.e. drive around until you find some) they are usually free to you! Using some foam, fabric and paint, some folks transformed six shipping pallets into a pretty luxurious corner couch. And, we love that the pallets become storage for board games and books! You’ll definitely need some sewing and painting skills for this project, and we regret the link we have is more inspiration than instruction. Still cool, though!

via Crazy Affordable: DIY Shipping Pallet Couch | 2Modern Blog.

The Refold Lamp | Strand Design

The Refold Light is a product of our ongoing exploration into using reclaimed and recycled materials in the objects that we design. In this project, we wanted to show the exquisite detail in reclaimed, old growth Douglas Fir in the format of a large, dramatic light. We cut our own veneers from salvaged floor boards, and glued them up into flexible panels with a fabric backing. We then attached the veneer panels to a modular lighting structure that we cnc cut out of recycled HDPE.

via The Refold Lamp | Strand Design.

Architectural salvage store set to open | Business | Tarpon Springs News

Architectural salvage store set to open

Tarpon Springs, Florida — Its not really an antique shop, but it could be the perfect place to shop if youre in the market for antique doors, windows or other architectural items for your home.

The owner of Tampa Bay Salvage plans to open his new store on North Pinellas Avenue in Tarpon Springs on Aug. 1.

Josh White has quite a bit of experience in the field of architectural salvage. His family owns a similar business in New Jersey called Recycling the Past. They appeared on the Discovery Channel “Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe” and had their own shows on the DIY Network called “Operation Salvage“.

If you scan Tampa Bay Salvages online store, youll get an idea of what kind of treasures that will be available: clawfoot tubs, stained glass windows, wrought iron gates and fences, even an English telephone book.

via Architectural salvage store set to open | Business | Tarpon Springs News.

DIY Scrap Wood Bed The Accent Piece | Apartment Therapy


It’s amazing what you can do with a pile of scrap wood and a vision! This gorgeous bed was fashioned from old lumber that had been torn out of a friend’s deck.

Suzie, from The Accent Piece, had been coveting a similar bed from Vivaterra (minus the rather large price tag) when she spied the lumber from her friend’s deck and had a thought — what do we have to lose?

She and her husband drew a template, made their cuts, and then sanded, stained, and sealed the whole thing. Pretty amazing for some free hand-me-down wood!

Go see their incredible project, the steps involved, and their sweet dog Wiley at The Accent Piece!

via DIY Scrap Wood Bed The Accent Piece | Apartment Therapy.

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Made in Malibu: BuBees Beehive | Apartment Therapy


Not to be confused with your, er, private parts, the cleverly named BuBees is a limited collection of top bar beehives made in Malibu by designer Steve Steere.

The top bar design mimics the way bees live in nature. Each beehive is equipped with 24 bars and a viewing window where you can watch your bees at work. The hive can also accommodate any size swarm via two solid boards (which run the entire width of the hive) that adjust to make the space inside smaller or larger.

To build the hives, Steere salvaged almost 100% of the wood from a Long Beach bookstore and a neighbor’s construction project, which should last for the construction of 100 hives. The range is available in green, aqua, gray, pumpkin, salmon, or mustard nontoxic milk paint.

via Made in Malibu: BuBees Beehive | Apartment Therapy.

Postal End Tables | The Ivey Court

I started at my warehouse (in other words, dad’s horse barn loft) where I keep a lot of my finds and came across this 1 1/2″ thick board (part of a stack of 15 or so). They were originally in the Wannville Post Office, which I was able to salvage sometime around 2003 or so after I purchase my farm. To be honest I had forgotten about having them.

The interesting thing was that the darker color was actually from many years of use as a shelf and the fact that the heart wood had a green tint to it. In fact there was only about 2 inches along the side that were not heart wood, which was probably due to the size and age of the tree. Also, I’m not sure what the holes in the side were used for, but I definitely like the way they look. And once I cross-cut the piece to make two tops, it left me with 2 tops measuring 14×18″.

Everything worked out great on these two tables. I really like the way each piece reveals some history for how they were once used. I also like how I was able to keep the little round-over detail on the stiles (in the pic above you can see it on the red stile). Its little details like this that I think add a lot to a piece of furniture. They both measure 18″x14″, stand roughly 22″ high, and will fit in nicely with our living room furniture. Plus they are solid enough that we no longer have to worry about “Destructo Boy” turning them over!

via Postal End Tables | The Ivey Court.

An Easy DIY Project to Hold your Glasses | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

Your dumpster diving days are not over. A salvaged wood plank, rescued from the detritus of a neighbor’s remodeling project, is exactly what you need to organize your specs.

Flex your handy-woman muscle; this easy project will cost you pennies. If you don’t own a drill, slightly more.

via An Easy DIY Project to Hold your Glasses | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion.

before & after: salvaged wood bar | Design*Sponge

Whoa. My jaw dropped when I saw this project in my inbox, and over the past week I’ve kept coming back to admire it and dream about a space where I could do something like this. SF-based interior designer Jen Chu and her boyfriend recently built out this reclaimed wood bar to act as a gathering space for interactive media company InTheMo. It was important for the company to have a casual, inviting space where employees, friends and clients could gather over a beer or coffee to discuss projects and ideas. But the space also needed to provide a lasting impact and accommodate larger social events and film screenings.

Jen did an incredible job creating a space that could serve these multiple functions, and she struck the perfect balance between friendly coziness and modern elegance. Plus, she managed to keep the costs reasonable by using salvaged materials from Craigslist and budget-friendly furniture and fixtures. The results are gorgeous! I could easily spend all my time here: working, playing or just hanging out. Amazing job, Jen! — Kate

via before & after: salvaged wood bar | Design*Sponge.

Design*Sponge | Reclaimed Wood Dresser

I love patchwork wood projects like this dresser makeover from Jonnie Anderson, whom you may remember from his lovely studio renovation a couple years ago. The weathered wood and pastel tones give the piece a wonderfully beachy, summertime vibe. I’ve never been lucky enough to find salvaged wood in such beautiful colors, but if I do, I’m definitely going to follow Jonnie’s lead. The vertically striped drawers look amazing, and I think he was wise to place it outside — while a big piece like this might overwhelm a room, it makes a beautiful statement outdoors. Nice work, Jonnie! — Kate

Time: 4–6 hours

Cost: $5 for supplies (wood was on hand)

Basic Steps: I collected a bunch of scrap wood already in narrow strips and with varying degrees of paint already on them (and peeling off), then just cut them to length on the mitre saw. I attached them to the vintage dresser with a brad nailer (pneumatic nailer) on the fronts of the drawers and the top of the dresser. Then I used plastic lawn bags to line the drawers so planting flowers in them would not rot out the insides. I just used a stapler to attach the bags.

You can’t really go wrong on a reclaimed wood piece. The beauty of it is that it’s not “perfect.” If I’d needed the drawers to all close, I’d have had to be more precise with the way I cut each slat, but because I knew the drawers would be left open, I knew they didn’t need to be precise. — Jonnie

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Upcycle Sewer Pipes Into Modern Small Space Planters | Apartment Therapy


Modern planters can be costly and can take up a lot of space in a small yard. If you’re looking for something affordable with clean lines and some height, try looking towards the sewer, well, sewer pipes that is.


Even though terra cotta seems like the old standby in the garden, when used in an unusual shape it brings a new feeling to a tired space. These tubes are sunk in the ground, filled half way with rock and then with soil. Plant what you like and watch it take hold.


Use it behind your regular gardens, as borders or in tiny nooks, or even on decks and patios. Try filling one end (making sure to leave a hole for drainage) and then binding a few together with rope or tie downs intended to keep things on the top of your car. It’s the garden you can dismantle and take with you or a raised bed that doesn’t require a truck to haul home.


These clay or terra cotta sewer pipes are still used (though not as frequently) around the country. Check with local hardware stores and plumbing retailers to find a distributor near you. Likewise, you can watch Craigslist and freecycle for folks who are doing a bit of demo!

via Upcycle Sewer Pipes Into Modern Small Space Planters | Apartment Therapy.

Indestructables: Cutting (floor) Board

Cutting (floor) Board



Cutting boards are a valuable, and, at times, under-appreciated kitchen accessory.  In this plastic age, we have been overrun with sick, milky-white slabs of questionable origin, claiming to be safe and clean.  After a few weeks, you end up with a scarred, savaged scrap, un-saveable, collecting crud in all those crevices.  The alternative?  A solid, reclaimed hardwood cutting board made from old flooring, hand-rubbed with tung oil to a high, non-toxic sheen.  In a pinch, it’s solid enough to chock the tires on your inlaw’s RV, or knock a kitchen intruder unconscious.  It’s also cheap (nearly free!), beautiful, and can be continually refinished, lasting for generations.

Cutting (floor) Board

I put this cutting board together with oak and maple floorboards pulled from old Chicago bungalows.  Save what you can from alleys, building sites, and salvage shops, get some good glue, and set aside an afternoon.  If you are lacking some of the heavier equipment needed — thickness planer, pipe clamps, router — you could laminate it together using the technique found in this table I did a few years ago:  http://www.instructables.com/id/Scrap-Table/

via Cutting (floor) Board.

Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic @PSFK

Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic

There’s been a growing trend of environmentally friendly furniture and products that use recycled materials. However, these eco-friendly items could sometimes be very expensive and beyond the budget of the average consumer. Now, The Poor Porker hopes to share tips and instructions on how to enjoy a great lifestyle while being on a tight budget.

By using reclaimed materials, purchasing second-hand products, and combining them with some simple DIY tricks and craft skills, The Poor Porker demonstrate how upcycling can create trendy products while saving money and the environment. The blog is run by Robyn and Jarrid, and the posts are easy to follow and are accompanied by useful photos.

The Poor Porker

via Hipster Couple Teaches New Yorkers The DIY Aesthetic @PSFK.

DIY Cowboy: How to reclaim wood from pallets

Wood is the material of choice for a lot of my projects. In an effort to keep my hobby budget tight, I’ve ventured into the world of reclaimed and re-purposed wood. I’ll often collect shipping pallets, crates, and wood that has been previously used for sheds and decking, then re-purpose it for my projects. Sometimes, this wood has been taken apart for me and I just need to cut out any rot and remove and any pieces of metal that have been lodged in it. But Most of the time, I have to take it apart myself.

Check out the full step by step on DIY Cowboy: How to reclaim wood from pallets.

4 DIY Projects to do THIS WEEKEND! | 2Modern Blog

This weekend, according to our ever trusty modern DIY/How-to section on the 2Modern blog, you could fill your precious non-work day hours with a project for the birds (if that’s your thing), a project to revamp any old porcelain dinnerware you might have, a project to finally help you know how to salvage wood from old shipping pallets and a project for a perfect modern DIY desk.

via 4 DIY Projects to do THIS WEEKEND! | 2Modern Blog.

before & after: sofa made from old doors | Design*Sponge

You know my love of “frankenfurniture” (a neologism I’m desperately trying to spread around), and it should come as no surprise that I adore this sofa that D*S reader John Doucet made from old doors. Now the key to successful frankenfurniture is not just a novel idea of how to combine or turn one furniture object into another, it’s also the execution. A sofa made from old doors could be a big old mess if designed poorly, which is why I admire John’s piece all the more. I love the look of the subtle tilt, the decision to leave the old metal details and the hours of work John put into stripping the doors down to their beautiful raw state. This is a truly gorgeous piece, and for $55 (!), you could not score something of this quality in a million years. Can you tell I want one of my own? 🙂 Wonderful job, John! — Kate

via before & after: sofa made from old doors | Design*Sponge.