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Scrap wood and salvage

Today I deconstructed some more old furniture. It was in worse condition than I realized. I also used a hand plane that was in pretty bad shape to plane off the rotting layers off of some otherwise good boards. Found some boards that had become ant nests… and generally cleaned up a bunch of scrap wood lying around.

I want to get an inventory of what all is here so I can avoid buying any unnecessary wood. Wood is expensive. It also requires a place to store it, and at the moment anyway I don’t have particularly good wood storage. Looking again at some of the things lying around, I realized there are some huge boards being used as a shelf that I intend to get rid of eventually anyway. I will be keeping those in mind.

The saw horses and clamps were wonderful! I could stabilize pieces I was working on with the circular saw, meaning I could actually cut some pretty small pieces. I am already seeing though how useful a tablesaw would be and also how much space you need for clearance of the pieces you’re running through it.

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Woodworking Project 1: Sawhorses

So many designs. I opted to start with something simple. At the moment I only have a circular saw and an impact driver.

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I also don’t have a set of saw horses, meaning I don’t have a proper work environment yet.

I followed some nice instructions. They turned out well.

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The hardware store let me borrow the truck for free

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My stand in work table...

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First cut with the saw.

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All pieces cut

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Time for the vroom-vroom (aka impact driver)

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It doesn't stop until you let go.

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I-beam shape.

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Lining up the pieces

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One sawhorse complete

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The recessed middle plank gives clamping room

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One and a half

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All together

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Stackable

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In relaxing after a job well done

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I'm relaxing on a job well done

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Not that well done though.

This was an excellent starter project to get familiar with my new tools. I learned from some mistakes with both the saw and the impact driver. Namely, don’t drive screws too close to the edge, because the wood will split. Also, be very aware of what’s in the path of the screws for their entire length for this project, since to get the most purchase they have to come in at an angle.

The legs aren’t perfectly level, but I can fix that later, it likely won’t matter much anyway. The sawhorses are so much better than that plastic table as a work space.

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