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Upcycled/repurposed projects (MANY)

Discussion in 'DIY - Do-It-Yourself Projects, Construction, Etc.' started by Joel_BC, Jan 21, 2012.

  1. Jul 4, 2015
    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Super Self-Sufficient

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    I thought this was pretty clever. You could think of it as a neighborhood-scale coffee roaster. The guy used several salvaged components: a washing-machine drum, an electric motor, a speed-reducer gearbox, and a propane burner of some sort. He made his own steel legs/frame arrangement and gearbox-to-drum coupling.

    Doesn’t seem he’d quite finished the final mounting method for the burner at the time the pics and videos were shot.

    http://wemakethings.net/2012/07/14/coffee_roaster_revisited/

    http://wemakethings.net/2012/07/27/coffee_roaster_complete/

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  2. Sep 29, 2015
    Joel_BC

    Joel_BC Super Self-Sufficient

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    Hey... Not unrealistic to imagine this thread is going to hit 40,000 views! Thanks go to everyone who's contributed and made comments.

    Okay, here's another clever repurposing how-to. This guy used imagination plus two truck wheel rims and not much else to make a stove for barbecuing, cooking a stew, and such.
    RecycledRimBBQFirePit.jpg

    More pictures and discussion here: http://ideas2live4.com/2015/09/10/bbq-firepit/

    See the how-to video walk-thru here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?t=126&v=3MfnfRGzfkk
     
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  3. Sep 29, 2015
    goatgurl

    goatgurl Almost Self-Reliant

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    a friend of mine made the rim fire pit/cooker. its pretty cool
     
  4. Sep 30, 2015
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

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    That's cool and a great use for surplus wheels!
     
  5. Sep 30, 2015
    Britesea

    Britesea Sustainability Master

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    Gonna have to show this to the DH!
     
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    Denim Deb

    Denim Deb More Precious than Rubies

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    Wonder how hard it would be to add a chimney and use it for heating a greenhouse.
     
  7. Oct 10, 2015
    Beekissed

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    I'm always refurbishing, recycling or upcycling things, so too many to list but here's one larger one I finished just recently, though I still have to add one component.

    This is a full sized antique bed frame bought at Good Will for $15 that I turned into a tiny daybed/bench for my granddaughter for when she sleeps over at my house.

    The headboard already had a single coat of white paint on it~not well done, dripped and such~and the footboard did not. This bedstead appears to be made from cherry....hard as a rock and even the brand new drill bits smoked all the way through the wood.

    The frame was made from old 2x6 scrap lumber we've had for a long time, so it too was a little tough to work through. The only new lumber on it was the seat, which was from "seconds" lumber at Lowe's, and a 2x2. I was trying to keep costs to a minimum.

    I cut the footboard in half and used them to form the armrests....you guys have probably seen benches like this before. Now, I'm none too skilled in construction and don't always have the proper tools or hardware, so please don't snicker at my cobbled up efforts...paint often hides a multitude of sins! :D

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    The rocking chair you can see in the background there was out on the curb where someone had thrown it away due to having a split seat and really weathered paint over varnish. I reinforced the seat and am currently painting it...not sure if I want to use it on the front porch or out in my garden, but either way it now has a new home. That thing is HEAVY. :eek:

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    Had to make this wide enough for sleeping, so it's not real comfortable for sitting...much like a traditional daybed. We'll have to make a really good cushion for that purpose. When she is done with it as a bed, I may knock down that width a tad so it will make a more comfy bench.

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    The padding/mattress for this was comprised of parts of a chaise lounge cushion and pieces of memory foam, with a cut down trash bag to protect the foam from any moisture that may happen when a little girl sleeps there. All in all, those pieces of this or that came out pretty comfy for her bed...she really LOVES this thing!

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    This thing has been weight tested at over 700# without a single creak or wiggle, so it's sturdy...and really HEAVY to move. Almost didn't fit through the door, either, so it's a little bulky for a bench but makes a sweet little daybed.

    She really likes it....

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    I have some heavy brocade material I'm going to use for devising a sleep guard for the front of it to keep her from falling out of bed...it was material from the bargain bin, so not a real good match but it should only show when she's sleeping and will be rolled up and stashed under the bed when not in use.

    I'll post a pic when I get that completed. Will also post a pic of the rescued rocker when I get it done.
     
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  8. Oct 10, 2015
    Denim Deb

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    That looks really nice.
     
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    Mini Horses

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    Nice job. Some large pillow at back may help if needed for sitting. I love the carved tops.
     
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    Beekissed

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    Yep...definitely needs a large, thick cushion at the back for any comfort in sitting.

    I liked the contours of this bed also, as the rolled top made for comfortable armrests.
     

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