I had been thinking about making a bar cart and I knew that my brother had a bunch of left-over hardwood oak and maple flooring in his barn. So I go to his house and as I am grabbing some maple flooring to make one cart, he mentions that there is a bunch of scrap metal in his dump trailer next to the garage. Soon I am digging through the metal and I find these two curious looking tractor cab frames. I am thinking that possibly these metal frames have potential to be my first bar cart and that the wood version might have to wait. So I bring the reclaimed metal frames to my shop.
Tractor cab frame (before).
I disassemble both cabs…
Two tractor cabs broken down.
Once I figured out that I would have enough metal to make the legs and a top, I proceed with fabrication. About a week and a half of work my first reclaimed metal bar cart was completed.
Trinity Church’s bell tower in lower Manhattan. A few years back Trinity Church added new bells to the tower, and had to cut out some beams to make room. We got a call from a Trinity employee on lunch break, telling us that there were some beams on the curb that were headed for the trash. During the call we had to commit to the whole pile or nothing, so sight unseen we said yes. A Uhaul rental and help from a friend we had the beams wrapped up under three tarps behind a one bedroom apt in Brooklyn. Most of the beams are 4″ x 12″ and are various lengths.
Pictured below are some of the things we have done with the beams.
Trinity Console Table. A Modern Rustic Original
SOLD- Trinity Dining Set
SOLD- Trinity Dining Set
Beam Coffee Table 001- Trinity beams and with original Trinity steel . 53″ x 35.75″ x 17.5h
Two weeks and a bunch of saw-zall blades later… We perfected the dismantling of pallets so that we could use the whole Pallet and nothing but the whole pallet. We also learned which pallets not to use such as the Pallets marked MB for Methyl Bromide. A good rule of thumb is to not use any unstamped pallets as they may be poisonous. What you want to use are the ones marked HT(heat-treated)
The dimensions of the complete garden are roughly 35′ x 40′ x 35′ x 40′. The back wall is slightly reclined custom pallet seating for your viewing pleasure. The far wall and front wall are fence using existing pallets, and the near wall is made up of planters.
Pallet seating finished with stain and custom cushions
Candle holders lined with tin from a recycled feta cheese can. Fits 2.8 cm pillar candles. Limited sets available (60$ per set plus shipping). Made with 200-year-old reclaimed Trinity pine. We rescued the 4″x 12″ beams during a construction phase at the base of the historic Trinity Church Bell tower in lower Manhattan.