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MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
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Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 14 11:03 am    Post subject: Re-purposing..........  Reply with quote    

Having just read the thread with the DIY pole lathe and the brilliant use of a toilet seat for the treadle, I was wondering what other items the creative amongst you have ever re-purposed for something else that was completely unrelated to the original intent of the item.

Mo.XX

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 35915
Location: yes
PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 14 9:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

various bits of a car as tunnel lighting/ventilation
dead bicycles,railway track,huge drill bits etc etc etc as rebar for mass concrete
oil drums as shoring in dropshafts
stone cutting room rollers as a the bolts of an underground portcullis
those are a small sample of repurposing ,scrapheap challenge is one of my favourite activities ,most kit can be made from a good scrap pile

one of my favourites that are quite usual is the gas cylinder wood burner but as a dpack original i recon my best is helicopter cargo net into ceiling storage rack

12Bore



Joined: 15 Jun 2008
Posts: 9088
Location: Paddling in the Mersey
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 14 5:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I grow garlic in a toilet bowl.

Rusticwood



Joined: 01 Dec 2009
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Location: All over the South West
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 14 5:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

washing machine drum as a patio heater

MornieG



Joined: 17 Jan 2013
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Location: Bromham, Wiltshire
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 14 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rusticwood wrote:
washing machine drum as a patio heater


Like that Rusticwood.

Mo.XX

pookie



Joined: 01 Aug 2006
Posts: 4984
Location: Mid-Wales
PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 14 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I made an old coat into a backpack yesterday

from this.....



to this.....



Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 14 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    



Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 14 6:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The washing machine drum heater has been used for a few years in coppicing circles. What we tend to sit round in the evenings in places we aren't allowed to light a fire on the ground. If you put a grid over the top you can cook on it too. Yours looks a particularly smart conversion Rusticwood; we mostly prop it up on bricks.

Rusticwood



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 14 7:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
The washing machine drum heater has been used for a few years in coppicing circles. What we tend to sit round in the evenings in places we aren't allowed to light a fire on the ground. If you put a grid over the top you can cook on it too. Yours looks a particularly smart conversion Rusticwood; we mostly prop it up on bricks.


I did it a few years ago and just reversed the pulley to make the stand

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 14 7:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

One of our members started them, and they have taken off round here. Not sure where he got the idea from; may have seen one of yours, or come up with the idea himself. He did ones with stands for a while and tried to sell them, but don't think he does now. He sticks to trug making and a bit of light thatching spar making.

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