Reclaimed oak from house built in 1900

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Project by WoodLe posted 06-03-2012 02:16 AM 2820 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a dresser and chest of drawers that I just finished. They are made out of oak studs that I tore out of my house when I remodeled. They house was built in 1900. Some of the studs were 2×6 and some were 2×4. I tried to get quarter sawn grain whenever possible. They were a real pain to work with to try rip and plane and joint and match and glue and plane again but I’m now pleased with the outcome. I am very happy with the chest of drawers but I not sure if the dresser is proportioned quite right. I wanted to make a small set and I might have just went a little too small on the dresser, I’m not sure. Anyway some time later I plan to make a bed to match. I took the pieces to a local finish shop to get finished. They did a fantastic job!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 02:19 AM

that is a nice build, really nice grain patterns there as well, and the history – priceless!

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 02:58 AM

Nice save on the wood. The dresser and its proportions look good to me, the whole set will be nice.

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 03:57 AM

Looks great! Just like aged white oak should look like :-)

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 04:02 AM

Wonderful reclamation! It really is amazing what beautiful woods were used for construction. You certainly did a fabulous job of repurposing the studs. Thanks for sharing.


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#5 posted 06-03-2012 10:10 AM

Nice job of reclaiming.
That is priceless piece.
If my house has studs like that or floor joists…........I would be sitting here with holes in wall and floor trying to get at that old lumber.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#6 posted 06-03-2012 10:53 AM

That’s a beautiful piece of furniture. I love quartersawn oak. (I’ve got 1500 bft of it drying! About 300 bft of it is 20” wide.) Free wood is where you find it!

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 06-03-2012 05:46 PM

Great job. Nice story about the salvage of this wood. I love when the character is allowed to stay with the project, instead of being totally removed.


-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#8 posted 06-03-2012 06:50 PM

I like the nail channels and color of the chest of drawers. you might try putting some blocks under the dresser to build up the height temporarily. you didn’t say if the dresser was for a adult or child. the size would then be as important as the proportions. Looks good overall. thanks for showing phil

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#9 posted 06-04-2012 12:38 AM

The proportions are good. No need to worry about that. Great work crafting these pieces. The aged oak is beautiful

-- Measure "at least" twice and cut once

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#10 posted 06-04-2012 01:16 AM

lovely use of the ray-flecking from the best parts of the q-sawn white oak; if you cant get all of it, show what you can (you did). looks grand, proportions look good to me. I look forward to the matching bed!

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#11 posted 06-04-2012 01:23 AM

Great job and nice find on the oak. Wonder what it would cost to frame a house in oak today?

-- Steve - "Never Give Up"

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