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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by John Tisdale, Jul 27, 2020.

  1. John Tisdale

    John Tisdale

    Apr 11, 2014
    Location (City & State):
    Dallas, TX
    Next time you're making a fixture for a live center, Kelton mandrel, or making a jam-chuck, you might consider Trex - it's made from recycled plastic grocery bags and wood fiber. While being very high density, it's non-marring and easy to turn. You can call any dealer and probably be able to rummage around in their scrap for the mere price of a weed-pot.
    We've all seen it and walked on it - it's now the high-end standard for decks and board-walks.
  2. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 14, 2015
    Location (City & State):
    Maui, Hawaii
    Home Page:
    I would not be surprised to see some segmented work done with Trex. I have some boards left over, we redid our deck, with so much rain here in Hawaii, I'm hoping the Trex boards will last a long time. There was a short-lived program here, people were donating recycling items to a company that got help from the county. They were building outdoor furniture, the county bought a lot of it for our parks, benches tables, etc. I thought it was a good idea...
  3. Bob Sheppard

    Bob Sheppard

    Dec 15, 2017
    Location (City & State):
    Wanaque, NJ
    Some lumber yards have free samples of composite decking. The one I go to does.
  4. Tom Albrecht

    Tom Albrecht

    Feb 8, 2014
    Location (City & State):
    Evanston, IL USA
    It also threads well for making vacuum chucks. Samples is the way to go if you have not built a deck recently.
  5. Glenn Lefley

    Glenn Lefley

    Jul 10, 2017
    Location (City & State):
    Invermere, British Columbia
    Wow. The amount of trex short pieces I’ve taken to the dump from building decks. Now I’m going to have to start saving them for vacuum chucks, etc, etc. Need to build another shed!
  6. Dave Hulett

    Dave Hulett

    Jul 26, 2015
    Location (City & State):
    Hot Springs, AR
    I got turned on to composite decking after buying Frugal Vacumm Chuck years ago. He used composite decking for his chucks. I had some leftover desking and have used it for several jamb and vacumm chucks. it works great!

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