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Ok here’s another not so random one ha ha ha ha…I’ve started my own shop/workshop designing and making home and work items. This could be anything from coat hangers to shelving using second hand and waste materials. So all work, research, etc relating to this project will go to this blog: remakeremodel.blog.com

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I’ve finally found an office chair, or the ‘director’s chair’ as I call it! Another item from a hard rubbish dump, this time without the arm rests. There was a bit of cracked varnish that needed removing, but this time the timber was restored with oil. It also needed re-upholstering so I took other chairs apart to see and learn how it was done. And voila, its new!

I finally got a hold of a couple of timber cable spools and decided to tackle one! All three are different sizes, but the largest one could be used as a dinner or outdoor table. What inspired me is the fact that local cafes and community spaces have been utilising these ‘industrial waste’ products to great effect. It’s usually super cheap (or free!) and relatively easy to fix depending on how fancy you want to get.

The biggest changes I made is cropping the bottom of the ‘table’ for more leg space and adding wheels since it might be a little too heavy for carrying. Its also been reinforced with used plywood for greater strength, sanded back and varnished. I chose not to hide the old colours, cracks or puttied holes.

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This is where things got interesting, in terms of construction and using found materials. First up was what I assume is a wooden rudder handle from a small rowing boat (someone correct me if it isn’t). Pieces of the boat were strewn all over the sidewalk, and I’ve got the rudder as well! You never know what you can find out there. I had the idea of making a coat hanger out of it, but the curvature would make it an interesting object in itself. What holds it upright is not only the custom built stand but the sheer weight at the bottom. The hooks came from a used coat rack.

The spice rack is built from one of my old shelving units and custom built (bent and cut?) hooks. The entire thing is held by glue and wire. The only real problem was how to hang it on a wall but keep it from swinging from side to side. I’m still working that one out, any suggestions?

In this project, I assembled a sideboard from used construction timber and boards which came from the back of an old sign. It has a very ‘cabin in the woods’ rustic feel. The boards are so heavy (maybe Jarrah hardwood?) that I didn’t have to use any screws or bolts or nails to hold it together.

Now here are a couple of lamps I tried to restore, the lampshades being particularly difficult. From a technical point of view, they’re still a little too time consuming but I’ll get the hang of it. Using self adhesive kits is much easier than glueing the fabric on yourself ha ha ha. The floor lamp was rescued from a hard refuse pile and stripped completely of paint and fabric. The table lamp was made from an old tree branch and a second hand lampshade for a more organic look. Add to that about a square metre of new fabric and you got yourself some new lamps!

Ok folks here’s where I need your input, suggestions, comments, ideas etc. I’ve been toying around with the idea of starting a recycling/ restoration business, dealing mainly with household goods such as tables, shelves, lamps, chairs and whatever else comes to mind. I have already made several pieces using materials found in junk shops and hard rubbish dumps, but this can be extended to restoring goods that people dont want to throw away. Here are a few pix, there will be more examples posted over the next few weeks. Let me know what you think.

A shelving unit made from recycled plywood boards and book shelves made from old speaker boxes I found on the sidewalk.

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