Making Bins Count

Bins, Bins, Bins. Re. Re. Re. rah. rah.rah. We have a bin at the neighborhood cafe that looks much like a bucket. Nothing wrong with buckets, but… is a bucket a bin. What’s s bin?  A box, frame, crib, an enclosed place. What is its purpose?

wood etch

Use wood waste to laser etch holiday gifts. All you need is some scrap wood, an idea, and access to laser technology. The Curbside Makers of Milwaukee are tinkering with a variety of ideas in this growing space. We are currently etching logos and personalized photos for friends and local businesses in Bay View.

Salvaging neighborhood wood

There is a better alternative for wood waste. The better alternative is not disposing or recycling wood waste, but re-using wood waste. I have reconstructed shelves, tables, and trash bins from modest amounts of scrap lumber. Unfortunately, as the waste infrastructure currently operates, disposal wins most of the time. The reason disposal wins most of

Furniture deconstrucion with saw

A good practice to reduce household stuff is to cut all your furniture in half. If you have a desk that is too big, for example, saw it into 2-3 pieces depending on the width you are seeking. Then buttress the sides with the legs back together, and you will have a narrow, lean desk.

Milwaukee Waste Prevention

Waste prevention is a significant part of Milwaukee’s sustainability objectives. Waste prevention  can be defined as measures taken before a product, material or substance becomes waste. The prevention of waste has much to do with design. Design can extend the life cycle of products and reduce the adverse effects of waste on human health and

Fridge removals that DON'T suck

Basement refrigerator removals generally suck. Basement refrigerators removals from homes built before the 1950’s generally really suck. But if the task has befallen you, do these three things: create a smooth, flat surface with two 2×4’s for express hauling, take off the door and handles to eliminate any snag or restriction during the upward slide

Resource Agility and DfD

Design for deconstruction is a simple concept that maximizes the life-cycle of building materials. By extending the life of construction lumber and other composite material, DfD can make a significant contribution to resource conservation. Design for Deconstruction is about re-use. Designing material and its component parts in a way that can be easily disassembled. Constructing