House made of discarded airplane engine crates (1939)


8 Responses to “House made of discarded airplane engine crates (1939)”

  1. RadioSilence says:

    When Ford shipped Model Ts to Europe, the wood from the packing crates was reused as floorboards. Why ship two pieces of wood then discard one of them?

    • howaboutthisdangit says:

      I’ve heard that he specified the dimensions of the crates his suppliers should use, so that he could reuse the wood.

    • $19428857 says:

       Kingsford Charcoal is a direct descendant of Ford Charcoal, a side business started to use up the wood scraps generated by Ford sawmills, which milled the wood from Ford forests used in making Ford cars. Ford at one time made it’s own steel, it’s own glass (from sand mines owned and operated by Ford) and generated its own electricity at Ford hydroelectric plants.

  2. ISTR that after the war, a large number of CG-4A gliders were sold surplus, but most people use the crate to build a house and disposed of the glider within.

  3. Christina Ward says:

    My grandparents small farm house near Black River Falls/Osseo Wisconsin was built with wood from old TNT boxes. The TNT was used for railway excavating.  We had heard the story, then when I was about 11, I went with him into the crawlspace/basement under the house and he pointed out the marking on the wood above our heads.  Coolest thing ever.

  4. DJBudSonic says:

    I have been in more than a few houses that have attic flooring made of old crate slats.  My own house built in 1947 had (now replaced with a second story) attic floorboards made from Argus Camera shipping crate slats, and one whole crate side, as in the photo above.  Depending on what shipped in them they were nominal 3/4″ planks, more than sturdy enough for sub-flooring or roof decking when laid properly.

  5. sockdoll says:

    Didn’t Thoreau talk about building small houses from crates?

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