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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

DIY: Recycling Old Cedar Shingles

The hundreds... uh, thousands... of 100+ year old cedar shingles that were removed from our roof are being moved and stored in one of our barns for later projects. Some are whole and some split during removal. I grabbed a big handful of the split ones and turned them into garden stakes by attaching recycled aluminum plates on them that I hand stamped.

I love these not only because they are made completely of recycled materials, but also because they are cedar and won't rot. Shingles are also tapered at one end, making them incredibly easy to pound into the ground.

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  1. Wow. Good job! It’s an efficient way of making the most out of your shingles. In that way, you’re also helping out to minimize trash on earth. The less trash we have, less garbage will have to be recycled or be dumped at the dumpsites. It also has a direct effect on alleviating the global warming, which is caused by the chemicals and gases produced by the non-biodegradable wastes.

    Willie Norman

  2. I really love how enduring old wood is. Even after a century, the cedar was still tough enough to be transformed into something useful. Great! With that quality, I bet our ancestors never had as much roofing problems as we have today. :D On second thought, roofing problems today are mostly a result of faulty installation. What do you think?


I have a virtual open door policy for thoughts and suggestions, and I'd love to hear what you have to say!