Reclaimed wood building materials, plans building garden furniture - How to Do

Categories: Woodworking Projects For Beginners | Author: admin 12.10.2012

With the growing popularity of deconstruction and efforts to keep usable materials out of landfills, Planet Reuse is the place to find and list reclaimed building materials. Today, many varieties of wood which were once abundant and freely available are in very short supply. I’ve mentioned the site before, but it’s a great resource, especially if you’re going for a distinct look or material that contributes to LEED certification. The most prolific supply is reclaimed from old buildings including barns, factories, and warehouses which contain large volumes of wood, often oak, chestnut and pine. Reclaimed timber is often from very old structures and vessels which were formed of wood from mature trees.
The fact that the wood has been weathered and aged making each piece unique is one of its greatest qualities but can also be problematic to some people who do not favour the non-uniform appearance of flooring or furniture made from it. There are only so many old structures out there to source the wood from and eventually these too will become unavailable.

This timber is often in sizable pieces making wood from these buildings the most flexible in terms of future use. Reclaimed wood can also have scars and indentations caused by the removal of old nails and pegs. In the meantime, reclaimed wood provides a valuable source of characterful material for producing furniture, flooring and architectural features. Generally, processing this wood has less impact on the environment than felling, transporting and processing new lumber and the varieties recovered can include those not available naturally.
The wood from mature trees is stronger and less prone to splitting, as is timber that has been exposed to the elements over a period of time. This wood can also be more expensive to produce than virgin timber due to the demands of dismantling, sorting and preparation. Timber can even be reclaimed from old shipping pallets which can be made from exotic hardwoods due to the need for strength and durability.

The wood in old buildings has expanded and contracted constantly over the years and has fully dried out, making it more durable and less prone to warping and splitting.
It is difficult to know how it has been treated across its lifetime leading to the possibility of harmful, volatile organic compounds being released from the wood.
Every section has a story and no two pieces are identical, giving depth and unique character to anything fashioned from the wood.

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