Jerry Jeff Walker sings "pickup truck song" , saying " this is some of the stuff you can do in your pickup...........truck". I enjoy this foot tapping, easily words of this song. My mind wanders and listening to this led to this post.
This post is about some of the things you can do with salvaged .........lumber. And in the spirit of Jerry Jeff, here we go buckaroos, taking you down the road of salvaging that wood.
My salvaged lumber comes either from the firewood I buy or from demolishing buildings.
We use some firewood to start our brick kiln. Most of the firewood we get is the off cuts, branches, unusable parts of a tree that has been cut down either to clear a house site or someone needing the money. It will be another post about this big issue. Off cuts are the piece on the right.
The other source is demolishing structures. In the 1970-1980's lumber was cheap and plentiful here. Other materials for partitioning , roofing, ceilings, doors, etc was expensive or plain not available. Most of the partitioning done at my office was wood frames and chip board. It looks cheap. So over the years we have removed it all and put in , yep, aluminum and glass. I bid for what was torn out and got a few pickup loads. Other staff went for the doors and window glass.
the last source is pallets and shipping crates. 1/4 of the base flooring upstairs is Bernice's crates when she came from Philippines after university. I save everything. (Including a crate that came from borneo in the 50's, very very heavy and hard)
Easy stuff first.
Our new side table for the patio.
I got tired and never finished a balcony upstairs. this room became Nashesha's. this year I walled in the balcony part (that was just 2x8 joist) removed the old door windows and wall. Most of the wood was salvage stuff. 1/2 the outside was plywood a friend gave me.
The Parquet flooring in our entryway is 1/2 from off cuts from sawing timber, that was destined to be firewood. I kept looking at these short pieces so i stored them. A few years ago i got a table saw so kept going making strips, glued them together and then made them into 20cm square parquet. I haven't finished the sanding but it is spectacular and so much warmer.
but it is too of work so i think i will do the dining room in long strips.
And then paneling on our new steel doors.