With a few simple tools it is easy to go from “standard” to a professional grade finish.
This is a very simple ring that I made from a pallet in my backyard.
I just barely graduated from high school, and I am planning on an LDS mission. i enjoy creating things with my hands, and i love learning and sharing here on instructables.
We added a new fence and gate in the garden this year. Using reclaimed wood/materials from around our home.
While sitting by the campfire recently my eye caught a piece of dark firewood that was different from the rest. Instead of burning it I brought it to the wood shop and milled it down to a manageable piece; turns out it was a very nice piece of walnut, perfect for my next project!
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.
Well now, a new favorite in town! TRexGraphix is our kind of salvage beast!
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
This is a Jacob’s Ladder made from a discarded oil transformer. Instructable on how to make it here – http://www.instructables.com/id/Low_C…
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.
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.
via 1940s Radio Bar.
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.
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.
This Instructable by Nut and Bolt is sure to keep you warm!
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.
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.
MOTH has a great Instructable for reclaiming fence wood.
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.
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′.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
Just in case you have a recycler full of cans from the holidays…
…Chicken coop roof!
I made my desk by merging the two pallets to allow for a different end design and length but in retrospect I recommend using only one pallet. Measure the depth you want for your desk (hint: you can find a pre-cut piece of plexiglass at a home improvement center measuring 24″x48″ so you may want to work with those dimensions).
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!
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!
In this instructable I will describe how I built a hot tub for less than $100 NZ ($75ish USD) from an old bulk liquids tank, a gas bottle and some stainless tube and junk that I had laying around.
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.
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.