I needed a simple workbench. I went to a construction site with a hammer and saw yesterday and asked if I could pick through their scraps. I ended up with enough wood to make a 60″ x 22″ workbench. I also needed some clearance on the end for a wood vise. It’s a small workbench, but I don’t have much space in my 8×8 shed.
There is construction happening all around my house. I was able to find a couple of houses with people working on them who let me pick through their scraps. I found that the best way to do this is to show up with a hammer and a saw to make the wood safer and easier to fit into your car. Also, have a good idea of what your measurements will be so you don’t ruin your wood by cutting it to put it in your car. If you have a truck just chuck it in.
You can really clean up at construction sites. Just be sure to ask before you dig around. I have some rough plans available. Just shoot me an email.