The kitchen erupts with activity. Pancakes and oatmeal start flying around; some even lands in our mouths if we're lucky. We throw the crosscut saw, drill, hatchet, and crowbar in the station wagon, make sure the ratchet straps are still in there from last time, and peel out of the driveway prepared to do battle with enormous fence sections and other zealots of the Craigslist 'free' section. (It's close to, but not quite, the level of activity that ensues when Katie finds a large spider in a cupboard.)
The only catch is that the wood usually looks like an 85-year-old former boxer. Jagged, beat up, dirty, limbs falling off...you get the idea. And who would want to make a shelf or a table out of an 85-year-old former boxer? Well, we would! All it takes is a little elbow grease and/or some specific tools, and that old wood will be back in shape in no time. It might even have some extra character scars to serve as an artistic reminder of its former life.
|In case you have the same vehicle for hauling reclaimed wood as we do, 60 feet of dismantled cedar fencing is about the maximum that a Saturn SW2 can hold.|
Then, the boards. Occasionally, a board will be fit for use as-is. If it's not too splintery or dirty and the intended application isn't too cuddly, the board can go directly to any number of reclaimed wood projects. But what if we need a closet shelf that won't snag sweaters, a nightstand that doesn't go bump in the night, or counter top to use as a kitchen workspace?
|For Katie's projects there are a few extra steps like sanding and/or staining.|
|This is Katie's end table before sanding. What a beaut'!|
What steps do you take when working with abandoned wood? What are your favorite reclaimed wood projects? Let us know in the comments section below!