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#1 posted 12-05-2016 10:57 PM

I use reclaimed and cutoff wood for quite a few projects.

Travelling bench was all made from dunnage

Pine plane till from the cabinets demo’d out of the kitchen during it’s remodel.

End table from old sewing machine drawers and more dunnage

A friend of mine tore down a barn on his farm and gave me some of the wood, so I’ve used it for several projects. I’ve also used quite a bit of apitong trailer decking cutoffs given to me by another member of my local woodworking guild and even browsed the firewood pile to get small pieces for projects.

Biggest challenges? In the case of the dunnage, it’s not the best wood or it would be sold as lumber, so you have to really work to find the usable sections. It also takes quite a bit to square it up and you have to watch out for embedded materials (nails, staples, rocks, etc.) For the barnwood, it’s that it is so old, weathered and dry, it can be difficult to work without falling apart.

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