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Couch saved from the Dumpster

Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 11-04-2012 12:26 AM 1375 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy,

It’s amazing to me what people will throw away.

Couch came from a dumpster – solid oak frame. Free
Beige fabric – bought 480 yards of 5 colors for $22.50. Cost for this job .05 cents.
Throw pillows. Fabric Remnant $18.75
Carved bun feet, found on a recliner at curb side. I refinished them for .20 cents of Tung oil and about 20 cents off my abrasive wheel.
Arm padding – given free from mom.
Back padding – $5.00 at garage sale – Egg crate sleeping pad for camping. Never used.
Seat foam – $45
Back cushion stuffing $2.50 each.
Half roll of Dacron. Half Roll of cotton, 10 yards of zipper, thread, staples, glue etc. $60.00

Total cost – $111.70
Cost at store – $1700

Um – My garage is a complete mess because it takes a while to collect the freebies and almost freebies. At least I have what I need for all the furniture. I’m knocking it out now.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.



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posted 11-04-2012 01:44 AM

Mark – you can certainly turn a P.O.S. in to something to be proud of. That is some mighty fine work you have done.

-- I found the board stretcher... finally!

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posted 11-04-2012 03:08 AM

Thank you J! That’s exactly what my wife’s friends tell her about me.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 11-04-2012 10:32 AM

yah, I wouldn’t even have TRIED to save this one … dilapidated

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 11-04-2012 12:30 PM

Howdy Debbie,

Is that about the couch or my wife’s choice for a husband?

Oh the metaphors. :)

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 11-04-2012 01:21 PM

haha oh that is funny.

the couch, Sir… the couch!!! lol

-- ~ Debbie, Ontario Canada

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posted 11-04-2012 06:06 PM

Nice save Mark!
You definitely have some skills!

-- The difference between a pro and an amateur, an amateur points out his mistakes

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posted 11-05-2012 01:49 AM

Nice save Mark! I’d be pleased to have that Coach sitting in My Living Room!

I’m with you on the … “It’s amazing what people throw away these days”.

I’ve seen a lot of Dishwashers out by the curb. Mine is 12 years old. I’ve replaced the Main Motor Sump once and the Little Wee drain Pump twice and repaired it twice.

Maybe it’s the way I was brought up. ”If it’s BROKE! FIX IT!” I also enjoy doing it.

Same as ”Maintenance”. I tear down my Shop “Stuff” and my Fishing Gear once and a while. “Preventive Maintenance”.

I just put New ”Peddle Bearings” in my Bandsaw HUH???? ;-}

It’s not ”WOOD” but this is a Pic of my 20 Year Old “Penn Peer 209M Trolling Reel”, on the same age “Major Glass Trollig Rod” (They don’t MAKE them this good anymore) I just did the “Clean Up” on both.

It’s now ready to go after some ”Monster Muskie” .....LOL…

Rick

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posted 11-05-2012 02:35 AM

Gary, thank you sir. The product of a misspent youth.

Rick,

I used to have a reel just like that one. I could never use it well. You must have the touch.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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posted 11-05-2012 03:54 AM

Mark:

It’s advertised as a “Bait Casting Reel or Level Wind Reel”. I could never get it to Cast well. I used it only as a Trolling Reel, usually for BIG Lake Trout in about 150/200 Feet (Straight Down) of water.

Or “Jiggging” straight down from the side of a boat.

They still sell the Identical Reel. I’ll bet you Dollars To Donuts it’s NOT as well made though.

Pic below is from the “Penn WWW Site”.

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posted 11-13-2012 02:30 PM

Awesome work there young man. I am amazed at what you were able to do. I would have kept driving had I seen that on the side of the road. In the recesses of my mind, I would be seeing bed bugs, mites, and a host of various blood-sucking leaches (and I’m not talking about politicians, either).

Very nice.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 11-13-2012 09:10 PM

Billy – thank you for the compliments sir!

To be sure there were 957 head louse, 47 bed bugs, 3 rats, 1 wasp nest, one vampire bat and a bone from some large mammal. But really now – leeches? You’re just being silly.

Out of the entire lot, I only found one thing that was really different from all the other inhabitants. The bone didn’t seem to have political inclinations.

-- Working on my home for 2 years and counting.

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