Tag Archives: Instructables

 Instructables: Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Boombox – By Robb

Robb was once an Artist-in-Residence at Autodesk’s Pier 9. He went to Carnegie Mellon to study Art. He mostly does tangible artifacts that are often complex.

I am currently an Artist in Residence at the San Francisco Dump, run by Recology.There, I have witnessed unending tons of unwanted debris flow from the consumer into recycling centers and landfills. I noticed that nearly all of the E-waste was almost entirely functional, so I decided to make myself a speaker set made entirely from waste.

Source: Upcycled Vintage Suitcase Boombox

Oak Wine Barrel Coffee Table by John Whitmarsh on Instructables

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I’m not sure how I came up with the idea, but it probably happened while I was in wine country, tasting wine and I had a moment of inspiration while under the influence. In any case, I wanted to make something a little different than the normal chunky wine barrel furniture – something a little more graceful and contemporary. I’d never seen curved barrel staves turned on their side before, so I decided to start there.

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Concrete Tiki Rocket Stove – By TRexGraphix on Instructables

Well now, a new favorite in town!  TRexGraphix is our kind of salvage beast!

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Materials List:

Plastic bucket from local bakery – $1

1 Empty soup can – Free

1 Eight inch scrap metal tube –Free

2 Plastic paper roll end caps from sign shop – Free

1 9 x 12 wood board  1 ½ thick – Free

1 Counter top board – Free from estate sale

1 Bag CHENG Outdoor Pro Formula Mix Charcoal color – $30

1 Bag Volcano rock – Free leftover from gas fireplace insert

2 Bags (120 lbs) of  concrete mix – $8

20 Drywall screws

1 Roll Duct Tape

1 Gallon of water

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Car-b-que (BBQ made from the front of a classic car) by Tinworm on Instructables

Tinworm made an extraordinary grill from a formerly cute auto.  Instructables always delivers!

For the purists among us, who are upset by me cutting up an old car, I remind myself that it was to be crushed and that there wasn’t enough left of her to be the basis of a restoration.

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1940s Radio Bar by Vugenti – Instructables

Vugenti turns a vintage radio console into a bar  – and shows you how on Instructables. Genius.


Keep any spare screws and wood just in case you want to use it in the cabinet. I used a few pieces to make the main bar top and a few screws to add that vintage look, modern screws just don’t look the same. After gutting the radio you can now accurately measure and draw out plans. Every radio console is going to be a little different so you might have to modify your plans from mine.

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Reclaimed Wood Flat-Pack Picnic Table With Planter/Ice Trough by Quite the Contrary – Instructables

Quite The Contrary has made a work of art in this reclaimed wood, flat pack picnic table with planter.  The description is great and lucky you – it’s on Instructables so you can make one for yourself!

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All the wood in this project is reclaimed except for the table legs, which were purchased from Discount Builder’s Supply in San Francisco.  As always, the design was influenced by the materials: we would have made the slats go lengthwise, but most of the beautiful pieces of reclaimed redwood we had were short, so they’re widthwise instead.

At the time we made this table, we didn’t have access to a jointer or planer, so we sanded our reclaimed wood with palm sanders.  The whole project took us about a week, but it would take far less time with a jointer and planer.

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Training Wheels: Bike wheel trellis with espalier apple tree

Award winning Instructable by bekbek.

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Repurposed bike wheels reclaimed from a dump on Orcas Island, riveted together then buried a few inches in a newly terraced garden.  Four varieties of apples on one espaliered trunk are lightly wired to the wheels to be trained to grow in a delicious semi-circular formation.

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Wood stove made from scrap – Instructable by NutandBolt

This Instructable by Nut and Bolt is sure to keep you warm!

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In this instructable I will show you how I made it all from recycled scraps at minimum cost. The total I think was 20 bucks. The only spend was on grinder discs, welding electrods and a special stove paint although you can save on that to if you don’t wish to paint it.

Yesterday we used the stove first time and we sat beside it for over 3 hours and it kept us warm. The only thing I will have to change is to a bigger flue pipe but other then that its a super success.

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Filing Cabinet Smoker by tmack0 on Instructables


Just in case you need an extra project this holiday season, why not try tmack0’s filing cabinet smoker from Instructables!265095_10150702707955198_2503288_n.jpg

This Instructable covers how I made a Smoker (for smoking meats) from an old office filing cabinet. The end result is a smoker that has a drawer for the fire, and a couple drawers for meat. Its a direct smoker, much like the black cylindrical metal ones you can get fairly cheap at the local hardware store, so regulating smoke and temperature takes a little practice.


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Reclaimed Wood Panels – M.O.T.H. via Instructables

MOTH has a great Instructable for reclaiming fence wood.

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Here is a great and simple way to reuse old fence wood.

Cut off the bottoms that have rotted out.

Layout in straight rows or create a pattern such as herringbone on a piece of 1/2″ plywood

Use screws or nails to attach.

Cut shape out using router for circles and complex curves or a saw for straight lines.

Hang on the wall

Don’t over complicate this project, leaving it simple will bring more attention to the use of reclaimed wood and add the minimalist style.

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Headboard from Wooden Pallets

AmateurHour made a reclaimed headboard from pallet wood and posted it on Instructables. Not too shabby for a first timer!


After disassembling the pallets (by hand at first until I bought a reciprocating saw which made it much easier) I laid the wood out to get a general idea of how much space I could cover.  For my bed it had to start two feet off the ground and be about 4′ by 3′.


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Body Impaling Special Effect for Halloween

This Instructional was too funny to pass up! Just be sure to make it from reclaimed materials (the author chose Home Depot).


Some fine folks where I live organized a “Zombie Walk” fundraiser and i just knew I needed to take part in that. But, I also knew my makeup skills were lacking. I needed a prop to get me through with my dignity intact. But what? I know! A striking zombie body impalement would do the trick.

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Reclaimed Wood Skateboard By RobertBean

RobertBean made a beautiful skateboard and posted it on Instructables.


Its summertime which means it is time to enjoy the long days and warm weather. One of my favorite summertime activities is cruising on a skateboard. I designed this board to be cheap, durable, and simple. I drew my inspiration for this board from the Z-boys. An innovative group of teens from 1970’s Venice, CA, the Z-boys were surfers who evolved the sport of skateboarding. I read that some of them would cut and shape there dresser drawers and attatched rollerskate wheels to make their own boards. With my inspiration in hand its time to start.

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Clementine, Spa chair by Samuel Bernier

Beautiful char by Samuel Bernier.


This was my first piece of furniture ever and I’m quite proud of it. It is made of reclaimed maple that I worked myself at school with the help of the workshop teachers. This transat is perfect for spas, pools or reading corners. The bottom compartment is ment to store towels. One interesting caracteristic of the seat is that it flips to become a cradle for young children to play with. this is the process I went trough to produce the first Clementine chair.

See the entire process via Clementine, Spa chair by Samuel Bernier.

“Union Jack” palette table – By Geek Design – Instructables

Pallet Table by Geek Design on Instructables.


I present you my first custom order palette build finished just a few days ago. A girl wanted to surprise her boyfriend for his thirtieth birthday so she asked me to do this cool Union Jack alike table she saw somewhere on the web but out of palettes and with glass on top. Here’s what I manage to do in approx. 30 working hours…

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Reclaimed 6 drawer Dresser (TECHSHOP BUILT)!!

KJBills of Instructables built this gorgeous dresser from reclaimed wood.  His other projects are just as glorious and worth a visit.


First I found out about a guy in Half Moon Bay with a sort of reclaimed lumber yard. I went there, and stumbled upon a relatively rare wood called IPE. (EEPAY). It is a rock hard hardwood similar to teak and is a really impressive wood. I bought the whole stack for like 60 bucks.

I used a lot of it for a playhouse for my kids, but I had a bunch left…It took a bunch of planing and cutting, but I milled it down to usable planks.




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Fabricating a Heavy-Duty Rocket Stove by eaahnen on Instructables

Fabricating a Heavy-Duty Rocket Stove by eaahnen

Ahh Instructables, how do we love thee? Like a rocket (stove)!


Rocket stoves are small efficient stoves that can produce a hot flame with only a few small pieces of wood. The reason it is called a rocket stove is because when wood is added to the fire the flames create an internal draft. As the draft is created, the fire begins to produce a jet of fire coming through the stove pipe. The stove flame eventually becomes so hot that it produces very little smoke. The stove should be able to produce a hot continuous flame that will lick the bottom surface of a pot or pan placed on top of the stove.




Now GO Make it!

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recycle pallet wood into turned art by montana mindsmith – Instructables

I love Instructables. Here’s a great pallet reuse by Montana Mindsmith. Go check it out


Recycle pallet wood into turned artthis instructable is about how to take a chunk of pallet wood and turn it into a bowl/vessel on a lathe.  this is not a “how to turn” instructable; there are lots of those out there as well as plenty on how to build your own lathe if you dont have one.  this is simply one way i like to re-use pallet wood for artsy-fartsy projects.  enjoy!



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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!

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Instructables: Duck Deck: Backyard Duck Habitat by McRaghead

By: Singer / Songwriter, guitarist co-founder of HumboldtMusic.com Day Job: Pixel Pusher @ Humboldt County HHS


Ramp and deck built around a plastic water trough. All wood is reclaimed from shipping palettes sourced for free. Plastic spigot added to trough, and a ledge dropped in near the surface to help the ducks enter and exit.

The ramp was initially a bit narrower and steeper, but one of our ducks is clumsier than the other and he seems to appreciate the extra width and more gradual angle. Water (and other duck-related substances) can be drained via the spigot, but the trough is easily removed for more complete cleaning. Fully portable: just drain the water and the trough and ramp both lift out.

It took a bit of coaxing for the ducks to figure out how to climb up the ramp, but they seem to be enjoying themselves now!

Total cost, under $50.




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Ten Green Coffee Table – from reclaimed timber and glass bottles

Check out this wonderful project by Zero Waste Design on Instructables!

Ten Green Coffee Table - from reclaimed timber and glass bottles

Ten Green is a shelving and table system, constructed simply from local recyclates. This range started with shelving/table modules and continued into small shelving units, big shelving units and now coffee tables.

Design is released under a share alike/attribution CC license by Zero-waste Design.

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