Reclaimed entertainment center

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Project by FredIV posted 01-23-2015 12:04 AM 1432 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So one spring day I was driving through my neighborhood and I came across a contractor who was ripping off the top of a 70 year old home in order to add a dormer. I passed by the dumpster and saw all of these 2×6 fir rafters riddled with nails and staples sticking out from the top of the dumpster. I immediately pulled over and spoke to the foreman that I would like to steal these boards. He looked at me as if I was crazy because in his mind, these boards were garbage. And we all know that “one man’s garbage…....”

So I took the boards home and into the shop they went. When I finally decided what I was going to use them for, I got my buddy’s metal detector and began pulling nails for a good 3 hours.

While I was designing my project, my dad told me he was getting rid of attic floor boards in his almost 100 year old home. So, I drove to his house and snatched them up and incorporated them into my project design.

After designing, I got right to work and built a rustic reclaimed wood entertainment center for my lake cabin. I also found some old rope in my father in-law’s garage and decided to use them as pulls for both of the doors.

I left as many original nail holes as possible and only stained the top because of all that rich doug fir grain was coming through beautifully after I planed and jointed the boards. I gave the entire unit a coat of satin poly to help bring out the great patina in the remaining wood.

Needless to say, my wife was happy when I gave this to her for mothers day.

Thanks for reading and looking.

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#1 posted 01-23-2015 01:43 AM

Looks fantastic!

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 02:55 PM

very nice, good job reclaiming the materials

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