We had been using my wife's great grandmother's bedroom set for years. It has become increasingly noisy and we were in the mood to change the style of our bed. Recently I had picked up 5-6 pallets to use and I befriended the manager of a sawmill. He let take scrap would from his burn pile and gave me 5 10-12 foot boards that were going to be also thrown out due to various problems. All the wood was pine and the only thing I had to purchase was wood filler, nails, screws, and stain. I used 2-2x4s instead of 4x4s and my bed frame was built with 1x6s, 5s, 7s. I just used what I had left over from the rest of my planks.
Ooh, that is lovely! The price is awesome too! I wish I were brave enough to befriend my local lumber yard. Way too shy for that, plus, I don't have any $$ to be a customer, so I'd have no reason to be there. :( Did you use the pallet wood for the panels?
For most places this stuff is waste material that they have to deal with. My dad gets great hardwood offcuts from a local lumber mill. Since some of them are 6 feet long, he does pretty well. Everything that isn't taken is stuff they have to burn.
Around here, some of the lumberyards set their pallets right out at the curb.
At most of these places the staff doesn't bite, especially since you're getting rid of a problem for them. It's also been my experience that a woman who gives a man a nice smile can get most anything, within reason. I think that's why I volunteered to build a kitchen table and chairs for my daughter in law yesterday.
Wow, good to know.
What is the best way to approach it? Do you just ask for scraps and they let you dig for what you want?
I think I've seen a few lumber places in my area. I might have to brave it and go in.
Thus far, I've only bought a few pieces from Lowes/HD, so I don't know much about such things.
Just walk in and ask if there are pallets or scrap offcuts you can have. And if you get shot down at one, move on to the next.
I did not use pallet wood for the panels. I used a couple of the boards from the lumber yard. I originally posted on craigslist that I was looking for scrap wood or pallets for some projects. The manager of the lumber yard actually replied directly to my post so that may be another way to look for free wood if you feel shy.
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