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I need project ideas for old roofing slate? Answered

i recently inherited a crap load of old roofing slate that's roughly 10" x 14" x 1/4". I've already used it to edge the garden. I need some inspiration.

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RCS82 (author)2010-06-01

 I was considering this question myself recently as I saw some old ones at a local used building supply store and thought they could make a really good project, just to think of one...

What I came up with, although I have not done it yet, is to build a coffee tale, and use the slate as a tile for the top. Have maybe a 4-6" pine edge with the tiles in the center.

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cosgrove (author)2009-07-21

I've often seen Birdhouses with roofs made of Slate tiles, they are nornally quite expensive, you could try making your own, Woodworking and Stoneworking in One!

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jtp139 (author)cosgrove2009-08-03

i'd feel guilty luring birds to my house my cat's a wicked hunter. i've found crows for crying out sakes! but, i could make one as a gift...

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Ninzerbean (author)2009-07-20

Paint holds well to slate - how about your house numbers painted on? Your neighbors numbers for a gift?

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NobodyInParticular (author)2009-07-20
If the tiles are not acid-damaged or broken, I suspect that your 'crapload' of roofing slate could fetch a crapload of money when you find a buyer looking to repair an old roof.

Some other ideas:
  • Placemat
  • Chalkboard
  • Pond lining
  • Walking path
  • Painting surfaces
  • Kitchen/bathroom tiles
  • Wall, with or without mortar
  • Covering for cement patio furniture
  • Planters, when drilled/tied into a box
  • Patio, with cement or ground cover plants between

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