Posted by Tim Stobbs on June 5, 2008
Well during my time off here I’ve taking to destroying my deck in my backyard. You see parts of it are rotting and it needs to come down for safety reasons. Yet at the same time there is a fair amount of wood that is still useful. I’m not building another deck in it’s place, but rather a patio. So what can I do with all that wood?
Well so far a truck load has gone to the dump. Most of it was either too rotten or two many nails to bother reusing it. I do intend to keep a small pile for firewood, but then as I was still left with a large pile of wood to deal with.
Then it hit me. I’m staring at my old support beams (which are mostly in great shape) and it occurs to me I was going to buy that exact size of board I was going to buy later this summer to make a sandbox for my wife’s daycare. So now I’m recycling some of those boards into a new sandbox. How much I’ll be able to use I won’t know exactly until I have a good look at those boards, but overall I’m hoping to use them for the sides and bottom of the new sand box.
This would then reduce the costs down to some nails or screws, some lattice for a lid, paint and the sand itself. So what do you know, recycling can also save some money. Now that I’m inspired by this plan I’ll have to see what other projects I can come up with to recycle some more of that wood. Any ideas on what to use a pile of 2×4 cut down to 3 foot lengths?