Look! Discarded Old Conveyor Belt

Look! Discarded Old Conveyor Belt

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Sarah Rae Smith
Feb 18, 2009

While taking the trash out this morning, we found a wonderful... um... "thing" behind our building (and yes we always take our camera with us). It's part of a conveyor belt used to move grain and such from trains, buildings and warehouses. Click through the jump to tell us what YOU could do with this bizarre find and see how we'll be putting it to use (in the kitchen) - because all good "junk" deserves a new home, although we're letting someone else put new life into the swing we found it on!

There was an instant flood of ideas when we saw this peculiar find on the receiving dock of our building. We first thought it would be a great way to hold art supplies, markers, pencils and the like; then we thought it would make a great way to hold underpants and socks if you didn't have a closet. Our thoughts then turned to our need to garden indoors this year (we will greatly miss our sunny backyard) and we think it will make a great base for an herb garden that mounts to the wall.

We will drill small drainage holes in all the sections except for the bottom tier, so if any section becomes too moist, it can simply drain to the tier below it. Although it doesn't have the ability to host the growing of garlic anytime soon, it can surely handle some basil and thyme!

What would you do with it? Would you take this found treasure home or leave it for the trash service to pick up?

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