Instructables: exploring - stepbystep - furniture - recycled Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:08:55 PDT BLOX v1.01 Side Table Umbrella Stand
Side Table Umbrella Stand - More DIY How To Projects]]> lumpytrout Would you like a sturdy side table and a shade umbrella to assist your summer lounging? Perhaps a place to relax out of the hot sun and sip a cold drink?We made a variation of the $40 Backyard Chair by gkrisanda out of recycled materials and loved it. But to truly be able to relax in style it soon...
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Wed, 29 Jul 2015 09:29:16 PDT
Reclaimed Driftwood Bench
Reclaimed Driftwood Bench - More DIY How To Projects]]> lumpytrout This stationary bench was designed for an entryway as a great place to set down groceries or change out some muddy boots. It brings instant character to a space but also feels modern and simple and was very easy to build using only a drill. Gather Materials Just a handful of materials are needed...
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Thu, 16 Jul 2015 07:22:09 PDT
Awesome Pallet Wood TV Console - $35
Awesome Pallet Wood TV Console - $35 - More DIY How To Projects]]> justinhyp I've been on the look out for a TV console that was a little off beat. Something modern, low, and long for my livingroom area. I saw a few pieces at high end furniture stores that were bomb-diggity, but when I checked the price I cried. So I set on a mission to make something myself, or get tetanus ...
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Tue, 14 Jul 2015 19:57:52 PDT
Casual cardboard stool
Casual cardboard stool - More DIY How To Projects]]> MicaelaUndiks So what I tried to make was a casual stool with recycled materials whose form comfortably receive the body. I used six plotter tubes and some old corrugated cardboard. Although the structure is made only with cardboard, the result was a very resistant and solid stool. The Rhinoceros model and the te...
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Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:24:18 PDT
Mosaic Table (Made from upcycled materials)
Mosaic Table (Made from upcycled materials) - More DIY How To Projects]]> annemehrer This table was made as a part of a Cradle To Cradle upcycling project for the Computer Drafting program at Medicine Hat College. Medicine Hat ReStore supplied a $20 credit for materials from their store. The finished project, as well as left over materials, was donated back to the ReStore.Materials ...
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Mon, 13 Apr 2015 11:36:27 PDT
Modern/Industrial Pallet Table
Modern/Industrial Pallet Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> myrrh009 The dimensions of the steel cube are 18"x18"x18". The legs are made out of common 1-1/2"x 1-1/2" galvanized slotted angle. I used 3-72" slotted angles to make the cube with no waste as 18" goes into 72" 4 times. I used 16 1/4" x 3/4" carriage bolts with 16 lock washers and 16 1/4"x20 nuts...
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Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:09:15 PST
Wall mounted valet
Wall mounted valet - More DIY How To Projects]]> swarnermeister This is my first project on here so bare with me.....I began thinking of a way to hang my work clothes for the week after ironing them at the weekend. I was using a normal clothes hanger off the frame work around my room but it was scratching all the paintwork off. Remembering in years gone by that ...
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Sun, 18 Jan 2015 12:19:30 PST
Upcycled Helm Coffee Table
Upcycled Helm Coffee Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> alexpaterson2011 Instructable on how to make a coffee table from some old materials including a ships helm. I made this for a school project on upcycling and would appreciate any feedback on the product and the instructable. What you need Materials:Ships helm (I got mine from a local reclamation yard)Something to...
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Wed, 8 Oct 2014 12:27:55 PDT
Scrap Pallet Table
Scrap Pallet Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> myrrh009 I was inspired to make this from wholman in furniture on The top portion is from two pallets (heat treated of course for safety not the chemical treated) and the legs are from some 30 year old scrap pine 1x10's I ripped down to the width of the pallet slats used on top. I W...
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Sat, 30 Aug 2014 09:47:01 PDT
Concrete Coffee Table from Recycled Materials
Concrete Coffee Table from Recycled Materials - More DIY How To Projects]]> goyo81 My kids and I had long wanted to play around with concrete and when we moved into our new house, I thought it was time for a concrete coffee table. I have to admit, when I made the table I didn’t have making an Instructable in mind, so my photos of making the base leave a little to the imagination....
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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:12:26 PDT
Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack
Reclaimed Wood Coat Rack - More DIY How To Projects]]> shazni This coat rack is very easy to make and it's practically FREE! It's a mix of pallet wood, reclaimed wood and scrap wood.I did this instructable for the ' Paint It' contest, but was utterly disappointed to find it US ONLY! Hmmm...well it has pallets so I'm putting it for the pallet contest! Who knows...
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Wed, 9 Jul 2014 12:04:46 PDT
Recycled 2x4's from 1930's bank
Recycled 2x4's from 1930's bank - More DIY How To Projects]]> niall mc I got this lumber for eight dollars, the person I got it from told me it came a bank built in the thirties. The raw material After hitting two nail's with my planer, I finally got the lumber clean and smooth.I took very little off the top layer to keep the patina. Clamping a different edge fo...
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Sun, 29 Jun 2014 16:35:20 PDT
Minimal Modern Wood Computer Stands
Minimal Modern Wood Computer Stands - More DIY How To Projects]]> craftclarity Fast, Cheap, Amazing. Pick Two. This Instructable is part of a longer exploration of material reuse that I'm calling the Offcuts Series. I hope you find my little project interesting—most of my dimensions were discovered along the way, so making a recipe to built the exact same thing didn't make ...
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Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:28:19 PDT
Salvaged Heart Pine Bench
Salvaged Heart Pine Bench - More DIY How To Projects]]> jay_atl After reconfiguring/removing a wall in our hundred-year-old house, I was left with some long heart pine 2x4s. Time to build a bench. The original inspiration and building method came from an instructable from wholman Rough mill the 2x4s First, o...
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Sun, 2 Mar 2014 19:12:33 PST
Tractor Stools
Tractor Stools - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman For thousands of years, farmers walked behind their draft animals, subject to same exhaustion as the beasts themselves. Sometime in the 1850s, horse-drawn ploughs began to feature cast-iron seats molded to meld with the humblest part of a farmer's anatomy. Eventually, mechanized equipment and padded...
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Tue, 31 Dec 2013 08:38:56 PST
How to make a bean bag cushion chair from recycled umbrellas Alice Tamani Seeing so very many broken umbrellas (actually only the frames break usually, and the fabric is intact) by the side of the road after a bit of rainy weather, and needing some more furniture, I decided to see what I could do. I took a small stitch unpicker (or scissors would do) with me and walked to...
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Mon, 18 Nov 2013 15:38:22 PST
Ikea + Craigslist desk mboyles2 So I moved into a new room and wanted to create a large work space for some varies projects I would be working on. The main goal was to create a large desk at a low cost while still maintaining a polished look. Ive had some luck with craigslist, so I watched the free section there and the as-is de...
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Sat, 3 Aug 2013 13:22:14 PDT
kids' chair made of recycled materials
kids' chair made of recycled materials - More DIY How To Projects]]> criztos I recommend this chair for kids under 6 year old, because of the size of the chair it would be uncomfortable for bigger kids. MATERIALS You can find most of the materials at your home (or in a toys store) 1) A clean 5 gallons plastic bucket 2) A plastic flying ring 3) A plastic flying disc 4) A ...
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Thu, 27 Jun 2013 20:11:55 PDT
Shipping pallet stool thomseal There are plenty of old shipping pallets floating around, which frequently become reappropriated in the form of tables and chairs. The wood used in shipping pallets is of low quality, but by cutting it up and laminating it back together, strength and new aesthetic can be achieved.  Tools/Materials:...
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Fri, 14 Jun 2013 16:49:01 PDT
Made it at TechShop (PGH) - Recycled Pallet Wood Desk andyleer 1)Find a handful of old pallets. 2)Break down the pallets and remove all nails. (This is very important as you do not want nails screwing up the SawStop) 3)Using the planer, plane down legs to be all even width/height. Cut legs to length on miter saw. 4)Plane all top boards to same depth. Cut to ...
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Tue, 7 May 2013 19:46:28 PDT
Backward Build Chaise Lounge Chair (100% rescued materials)
Backward Build Chaise Lounge Chair (100% rescued materials) - More DIY How To Projects]]> east fork spring All of my builds are made from 100% reclaimed material. Why? Because it's fun, inexpensive, challenging, and I'm a tree-hugger. It just takes a little imagination and some reverse engineering. The traditional build has plans and calls for materials. My builds have materials and call for a plan. Thi...
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Thu, 18 Apr 2013 10:43:31 PDT
Plywood Utility Shelf
Plywood Utility Shelf - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman In my humble apartment, I use a modern, open table for a desk, a dining table, and a workbench. Like many of us living in small spaces, storage is hard to come by and clutter can overwhelm. I wanted to take the scanner, speakers, router, pens, papers, and general nonsense and get it out of my way so...
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Fri, 22 Mar 2013 19:10:25 PDT
Beautility: An eco, easy and elegant beer bottle shelf.
Beautility: An eco, easy and elegant beer bottle shelf. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Pushan Panda Paper and beer bottles -- things that we often find stacking up at home. Well, what if you were given something to do with them, and made at the same time space for other things that are piled up and that you want to display? Using waste paper, empty bottles, and some time and energy, here's an eco...
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Mon, 4 Mar 2013 10:27:35 PST
Cantilevered Cardboard Chair
Cantilevered Cardboard Chair - More DIY How To Projects]]> BR00KSM3T4L       I've always liked the old, "cool" and different furniture that's coming back into style now but never had any or had the means to afford the ones I really liked. Although I could have made something exotic of wood or ply-wood which I was comfortable working with, I had recently seen some inter...

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Wed, 27 Feb 2013 22:35:12 PST
Vanity Tuffet
Vanity Tuffet - More DIY How To Projects]]> katvanlew This is my version of a modern day Tuffet, If Miss Muffet were here, I think she would find this little stool perfect for sitting on while she ate her curds and whey! I needed a seat for my antique vanity but didn't have a lot of money. I wanted a chair that I could sit on while I applied my make-up...
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Wed, 20 Feb 2013 18:53:48 PST
Varifocal Triple Monitor Stand
Varifocal Triple Monitor Stand - More DIY How To Projects]]> alasdair.robertson I spend a lot of time in front of my computer and often get a sore back and head from changing position trying to focus on things after some time. I also found that the shelf I had my monitors on was taking up a lot of desk space so I build this rig to solve these problems. This set up is extremely ...
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Fri, 25 Jan 2013 16:33:45 PST
coat rack out of scrap daveofwar This is a coat rack i made out of an old piece of 4X4, (nicely cracked up), some 2X4 pieces, and railway spikes. The 4X4 is 6' tall with 4 16" 2X4s at the base all screwed together and sanded. To attached the spikes i just drilled a 5/8" pilot hole about halfway through and hammered them in. Works p...
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Tue, 15 Jan 2013 04:33:17 PST
Scrap Adirondack Chair
Scrap Adirondack Chair - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Summer's over and the weather is crisping up, but it's not too late to spend some time lazing on the deck in the sun. These chairs are a modern take on the rustic Adirondack chair, stripped down to a simple wooden wedge with angled back and cantilevered arms. Low to the ground and laid-back, it's pe...
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Mon, 15 Oct 2012 20:41:43 PDT
Salvaged timber table for a corner suite.
Salvaged timber table for a corner suite. - More DIY How To Projects]]> Nostalgic Guy A few weeks ago our friend Reg asked me to make him a table to replace the damaged middle seat of a corner suite he has. The brief was fairly straightforward, it had to measure 24" x 30" and be 20" high, materials or finish were not important as it was going to be painted white; all he really wante...
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Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:16:00 PDT
recycled sofa structure to a garden bench nemo13 Hi, I found a damaged sofa trown, the wood of it was an excellent quality, so I decided to transforme it into a garden bench, I will not detail all the process because no sofa is identical to another, but the photos speak better...
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Sat, 26 May 2012 12:10:01 PDT
Cardboard Chair - Leppard
Cardboard Chair - Leppard - More DIY How To Projects]]> ceanes Its  is a quite simple project ,  took  me about 03 hours except for the  cover.  What You Need. Measuring, cutting , glueing and taping . MATERIALS cardboard hot glue or a strong glue  some tape stamped /plain fabric or  plastic ( in my case a leppard stamped plastic ) foam ( optional  ) i...
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Sun, 6 May 2012 15:47:30 PDT
Patio Tabletop Made From Reclaimed Deck Wood
Patio Tabletop Made From Reclaimed Deck Wood - More DIY How To Projects]]> HunterWagnerDesigns I should first start out by saying that although this is somewhat of a "step-by-step" instructable, I'm not really going into complete detail on all the exact dimensions.  Not because I'm lazy, but because I customized this table top to fit on an existing patio table frame that I currently have (at ...
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Sun, 15 Apr 2012 17:56:11 PDT
Dining Table Made from a Reclaimed Door
Dining Table Made from a Reclaimed Door - More DIY How To Projects]]> Julien Thibeault This table was design to fit in a small space – my 500 square feet loft. I was looking for a light looking table that can accommodate up to 6 persons. As I often do, I used recycled materials to build this dining set. The table is made from an old bungalow door and the chairs were found in a yard sa...
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Sat, 7 Apr 2012 05:37:59 PDT
UnTrashCan - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Garbage bags have always struck me as one of the sneakiest scams in modern life.  Here is a product, that, by design, goes well beyond planned obsolescence -- it exists only to be thrown away!  And yet people pay good money for garbage bags, only to fill them up and toss them out.  In my house growi...
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Sun, 12 Feb 2012 20:32:39 PST
Floor Table
Floor Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman My current apartment, a pre-war building in Chicago, has hardwood floors.  I don't know how old they are, but they have certainly borne many years of use.  Recently confronted with a stack of salvaged oak flooring, I put two and two together: a coffee table that lifted the floor up, transposing the ...
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Sun, 27 Nov 2011 10:23:28 PST
Scrap Armchair
Scrap Armchair - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Armchairs are tough. It is awfully difficult to get the arms integrated, the structure sexy, and the ergonomics tight. Working with the nice folks over at the ReBuilding Exchange (, nestled by the banks of the Chicago River, I put together these armchairs over the last few...
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Tue, 25 Oct 2011 20:34:05 PDT
2 x 10 Benches
2 x 10 Benches - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman I just moved to Chicago, and, while I look for full time work, I have started volunteering at the ReBuilding Exchange (  They are an salvage warehouse, selling architectural elements from demolished houses, furniture made from reclaimed lumber, and old, but still ...
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Tue, 6 Sep 2011 13:31:21 PDT
Milk Crate Wall Storage
Milk Crate Wall Storage - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Milk crates have long been a storage solution for milkmen, college students, and record collectors.  They are a near-perfect piece of design: they are modular, they stack neatly, they have built-in handles, and they are made of a strong, waterproof, cheap, and antiseptic material.  Each crate stands...
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Tue, 23 Aug 2011 20:23:21 PDT
Vintage Medicine Cabinet Mirrored Side Tables
Vintage Medicine Cabinet Mirrored Side Tables - More DIY How To Projects]]> Little Mom on the Prairie We found a perfect matched pair of vintage medicine cabinets in our basement while doing our first big spring clean. They have used razor slots in the back, and a delicate etching on the mirror front. I was amazed at the condition they were in (near perfect!) and immediately the vision of matching m...
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Sun, 15 May 2011 20:58:41 PDT
Folding Low Table
Folding Low Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman I've been a bit of a nomad for a couple of years now, drifting from state to state in search of opportunities to make my work and meet great people.  Given my frequent moving and tight budget, my apartments have been small, filled with a lot of roommates, or both.  Whenever a social occasion present...
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Mon, 7 Feb 2011 20:12:11 PST
Road Sign Bowl
Road Sign Bowl - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Origami, the ancient Japanese art of paper folding, has some basic principles that have been applied to everything from textile design to lamp construction.  I used them here to fold some old road signs into fruit bowls that combine the angular modernity of architecture with the vintage warmth of an...
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Wed, 27 Oct 2010 19:53:31 PDT
Door Table
Door Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Old doors make great tables -- they're the right size and shape, and usually made of good solid wood instead of that hollow-core nonsense you find in houses today.  The only problem is finding a way to flush out the panels so the surface is continuous and flat.  I have seen tables that fill the pane...
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Sat, 9 Oct 2010 20:22:02 PDT
Road Sign Stools
Road Sign Stools - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Given a heavy, yet healthy, obsession with road signs, I created these stools for my new apartment.  They use a simple metal-bending technique to turn down the sharp edges of the signs and simultaneously brace the legs.  You can see some of my other projects that use signs and this bending technique...
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Sun, 26 Sep 2010 16:05:05 PDT
Ten Green Coffee Table - from reclaimed timber and glass bottles
Ten Green Coffee Table - from reclaimed timber and glass bottles - More DIY How To Projects]]> royshearer Ten Green is a shelving and table system, constructed simply from local recyclates. This range started with shelving/table modules and continued into small shelving units, big shelving units and now coffee tables. This document will tell you how to construct a Ten Green coffee table. You can use an...
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Sun, 1 Aug 2010 16:54:59 PDT
20KRKR - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Every year, the Rural Studio, a program of Auburn University's architecture school, located in Hale County, Alabama, pursues a research project called the 20K House.  We build a house on a budget of $20,000 that can be a sustainable, safe, spacious, dignified replacement for the mobile home. Each pr...
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Sat, 26 Jun 2010 19:31:10 PDT
CHIMNEY BLOCK BENCHES - More DIY How To Projects]]> tshallow74 These are benches for outdoor seating, made from recycled chimney blocks and pressure treated lumber. You could purchase new blocks at the home center if you don't have any used ones available. These break down for winter storage. Materials and Tools  Materials 2X6X8 Pressure treated boards (2 f...
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Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:54:14 PDT
Scrap Table
Scrap Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman There's a lot of wood out in the world free for the taking -- in dumpsters, back alleys, vacant lots, abandoned buildings, recycling yards, and architectural salvage centers.  Most wood, if free from rot, is just as strong, durable, and good to use as new wood, once you sand off the weathering. This...
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Thu, 5 Nov 2009 05:27:01 PST
Turn a broken gate into a rustic outdoor table
Turn a broken gate into a rustic outdoor table - More DIY How To Projects]]> Layout The gates at the side of our house succumbed to a big wind storm recently. The cause was ground rot on the posts, but that meant that most of the wood was still in pretty good condition despite being over thirty years old. Instead of throwing it out my wife suggested recycling it to make an outdoor ...
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Wed, 28 Oct 2009 12:12:29 PDT
Road Sign Coffee Table
Road Sign Coffee Table - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Road signs are a great material -- strong, durable, weatherproof, and graphically interesting.  I made this table out of two old signs; the legs came out of a sign that was 1' x 7', and the top was made from a sign that was 2' x 5'.  Each of them are about thirty years old, which made the aluminum k...
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Sun, 18 Oct 2009 15:26:17 PDT
Crutch Hat Rack
Crutch Hat Rack - More DIY How To Projects]]> wholman Crutches are one of those things with one definable use that lasts a limited amount of time; after that, they sit in basements and attics and thrift stores waiting for someone else to break some bones. In and of themselves, they are actually quite beautiful objects with a nice sculptural quality to...
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Sun, 27 Sep 2009 07:37:29 PDT