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In the back of the detached one-car carriage house of the 1913 craftsman we bought a year ago, there was a tired old workbench long forgotten, gross-looking, and maybe for the garbage. Maybe. Termites are no joke here in southern California for sure, I just had to see if this great old wood was salvageable.

So I risked a set of planer knives after trying to comb the wood for old nails, and planed down just enough to keep some of the old machining marks of the wood's former life. Two pieces mated together + hairpin legs and voila!

I originally stained it with a redwood-colored stain (which accidentally turned out to be an interesting highlight), but hated it and sanded it off. I decided to leave it natural and as you see it it has five coats of polyacrylic, sanded to 220 between the last three coats.

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Excellent reuse of materials. I just scored a small stack of 80 yr old Doug Fir. It had been part of the roof of a warehouse that was being demolished. Don't have a project for it yet, but your post is inspiring.
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Wow, love the wood!

I'm also a huge fan of midcentury design, and I really appreciate you posting the link of your source for the hairpin legs! I haven't got a project in mind yet, but I have a feeling I'll end up building something that will incorporate them soon!

Well done!
 

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Thanks for the feedback y'all - Mech, you'll see that the guy who does the hairpin legs (other than being in my hometown) makes several designs in several lengths. I was worried about the uniformity of them being all the same height but it seems like he does a pretty good job getting them all to match up.
 

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Nice save! I appreciate a good recycling project.
 
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