Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Used tyre ottoman


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Bottle tops as tiles


This is a great idea for reusing bottle tops of beer or soft drink

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Making a bed with salvaged timber

during the renovation of our apartment, we kept all of the old door frames with the view of making new things out of them 

Some were softwood, something like pine

 we cut them to size, filled the holes and cleaned them up

joined them together into a new form: legs 

cut them as required to support the rails above

once all joins and cuts were done, cleaned them a bit more (ready to be painted)

 For the rails, we used a harder timber, something like mahogany

 these were cut to size, notched as required to interlock with the other rails

 then joined to the other rails

 then the rails were inserted into the legs

once all fit together, the legs were cleaned once more, ready for painting

For the slats which support the mattress, we used the mahogany architraves. First, these had to be sanded back

 With the pieces of the frame connected

 it was time to install the slats on top

 detail of frame, leg and edge slat screwed down into frame

 to add more rigidity, the leg is screwed into the frame

finished product

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Reusing foam packaging as floor protectors

Here I've reused a bit of foam packaging salvaged from the protective packaging of our new windows, and I've stuck it on the base of some table legs in order to protect our timber floor. There was already an adhesive surface so it wasn't necessary to add any extra glue.

Saturday, 12 April 2014

Constructing a dining table with salvaged timber door frames

This project is currently under construction so the process below is still incomplete. I'll update it as the project progresses.
During the renovation of our apartment, we changed all of the internal doors. There were 9 or 10 doors, which amounted to a lot of beautiful hardwood timber which could be reused for something else. As the pieces were quite long, the average door being 2.1m high, I decided to take advantage of this length to construct a new large dining table, approximately 2.9m x 90cm which can accommodate up to 10 people.
As the pieces were already accurately jointed together in a 90 degree angle, I decided to alter the joint only slightly as required in order to lay them flat, lengthways. A few small cuts and a bit of work with the chisel was all that was required.
In order to temporarily hold these pieces together, I used a small bit plywood and nails, all salvaged from the demolition works.
As each door frame is aboue 10cm wide, these will need to be joined together side by side to make a table approximately 90cm wide. Before joining the edges need to be cleaned of all varnish, plaster, cement, paint etc, so that the glue will take a strong hold.

Here is an edge after being cleaned with a bit of sand paper. 
 In order to join the pieces together, I have laid them side by side and put a pencil mark across the edges of both pieces. This indicates where I will drill the hole to insert the timber dowel.
After continuing this line onto the side of the timber with a set square, I am now using a marking gauge to mark the position of the hole. I then follow the same process for the other piece of wood to ensure that the hole will be drilled in the same position. 
I then use a wood drill, 8mm diameter in this case to drill the hole to the half the depth of the timber dowel.
I then insert the timber dowel, in this first instance without glue.
If this the first time you have joined 2 pieces of timber together lengthways, you might want to consider joining only 2 pieces togther first as a trial, to ensure that you are comfortable with the process. Here I have added glue to the dowel holes and along the edge of the timber which will be joined to the other piece of timber. Then I have used 3 clamps to pull these 2 pieces of timber together from the sides, and 4 smaller clamps from above to ensure that the pieces are kept straight and level and don't bow. I would recommend setting up this equipment and doing a trial run before adding glue to the pieces. Like this, if there is a problem with the timber dowels or clamping method, you will have a chance to rectify it before adding glue. It becomes less stressful and a lot less messier.
If you succeeded joining 2 pieces together, go ahead and join the rest together at the same time.  
Here all pieces have been joined together. I will let this sit for a few days to ensure that the glue fully dries.

Monday, 24 March 2014

reusing wine corks

There are a million ways to reuse wine corks. 

Here I've cut some corks lengthways and stuck them together to make a mat-like object which I will stick to the bottom of the legs of my furniture in order to protect the timber floor from being scratched. 

it's easy to make a variety of forms to suit the shape of the object onto which you wish to stick it