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Building furniture with reclaimed wood is a challenging process, demanding fine-tuned tools, an in-depth knowledge of the physical properties of … Read More
Building furniture with reclaimed wood is a challenging process, demanding fine-tuned tools, an in-depth knowledge of the physical properties of wood, and lots of patience ... none of which I have to any great degree. But the environmentalist (and the cheapskate) inside me says, "it can be done!" Read Less
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Building furniture with reclaimed wood is a challenging process, demanding fine-tuned tools, an in-depth knowledge of the physical properties of wood, and lots of patience ... none of which I have to any great degree. But the environmentalist (and the cheapskate) inside me says, "it can be done!"

Kids play kitchen: 100% reclaimed wood. Actually, even the hardware is reclaimed in this piece... with the exception of the sink bowl. We looked but eventually had to buy a small mixing bowl. Otherwise, all screws, nails and bolts are reclaimed. The oven and fridge handles
Tatami Bed: Partly reclaimed wood. (Tatami mats are from overseas) The corners of a Tatami bed frame fasten together via a creative slot-locking system. There is no need for hardware. Since I had pine (a soft wood) to work with, and a beat-up old table saw, the challenge was making these slots strong enough to keep the bed sturdy and accurate enough so that the bed could easily be slipped together and still be taken apart. This was a fun project, but I look forward to trying it again with hardwood.
Kid's room shelves: 100% reclaimed wood.
Dining room table: Partly reclaimed wood. Thought about doing a Tung Oil finish but ... I've got kids. Polyurethane on this one.
Charlie Brown Table Lamp: 100% reclaimed wood. (Douglas Fir scraps from construction project)
Futon: Reclaimed wood and mechanism. The arms of this piece were inspired by a chair I saw at the World Market a few years ago. Loved the chair, applied it to the futon... using pine instead of the more exotic acacia wood.
Kid's step stool: 100% reclaimed wood. Just a fun little project so the kids can reach the lavatory sink. :-)
Floor Lamp: reclaimed oak wood flooring, and painted metal conduit for the verticals.
Book shelves: Mostly reclaimed wood.
Kid's room toy shelves: Partly reclaimed wood and a piece of an old bamboo window blind I had hung on to. This toy storage was built to hold IKEA's Branäs baskets, made from rattan, a renewable material.
Kid's room dresser with an extension on top converting it temporarily to a baby-changing station: Mostly reclaimed wood. I built this one in Phoenix and learned a lot about the effects of climate on soft wood. The drawers and doors no longer opened when we moved it to Minnesota's more humid air. I had to make some adjustments.
Lego Table: Partly reclaimed wood: Massive sliding drawer. Holds 8 road plates. Super-handy trough to catch extra pieces. IKEA Trofast containers fit underneath. A hit with the kids! I put this in the toy room a few weeks ago and the kid has been building nonstop. Eat, sleep, legos. (repeat)
Catholic Church Pew: Bits and pieces of torn-up pews taken from a dumpster during a church-turned-gymnasium renovation fortunately afforded enough material, with a generous amount of wood glue and a fresh coat of polyurethane, to puzzle back together a handsome looking 35-inch pew. It fits perfectly in the entryway of our 1914 home, which, by the way, was previously owned by a devout Catholic family for 65 years. Rest-assured, the pew has found a new permanent location.
Crate Book Shelf: My wife and I had this idea for some shelves, involving stacked crates. The price of old crates carries a price tag that inspired the demolition of a pile of retired pallets and several splinters. The original nails were used as much as possible since they contributed to the sought-after, authentic look.
Cradle for baby doll - 100% reclaimed wood and fabric.