I want to build some birdhouses and other assorted garden items.
I was thinking about using recycled (plasic) lumber.
I can only find one type or source of this product and it is focused
on the decking industry. Anyone know of any online retail sources?
Can I power plane it to thickness. Can I router the edges?
Most lumberyards seem to carry it.
I used it for some of the "trex" brand stuff for edging around planting
areas and had some scrap left over. I used it to make a push stick. Seems to
cut and machine pretty well on a table saw, but I didn't try a router or
planer. Why not use real wood?
I have used the grey stuff Home Depot sells for a skirt on a boat console and a
few other things around the house. It is really pretty soft as wood goes and
works very well with woodworking tools go. It may eat up steel edges (I don't
use them) but with carbide tipped cutters it seems to work real well.
OK in a reprise of the great gorilla glue challenge I just glued up 2 pieces of
the HD recycled material with gorilla glue. Applied glue to one surface,
spritzed the other side with water and wiped off excess, clamed it up. See
y'all tomorrow night ;-)
I have all these chunks of stuff laying around from a month of building, why
not have some science?
Check out <http://www.plasticlumber.com/ .
I just returned from Yosemite National Park where they had some picnic
tables made by this company. The website shows specs for dimensional
'lumber' and indicates that it is workable with carbide tipped tools.
It looks like, though, that you would have to be building a _lot_ of
birdhouses to justify an order (I just looked at the shipping
FYI, the tables I saw appeared to be bolted/screwed together, no glue,
as far as I could tell.
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