by James Niehaus
perfectcutsandmiters.com RECLAIMED WOOD
bringing the old back to life
Here are some basics of working with this special material.
Unless you have been trapped under a rock for the past decade, anyone interested in woodworking is already well aware of the meteoric rise that reclaimed wood has seen.
Reclaimed wood offers a number of benefits for both the modern woodworker as
well as the old-schooler, which means the
market boom for this material shows no
signs of slowing down.
But what kind of wood should you use
Wood age and exposure
when making a woodworking project us-
ing reclaimed wood? Also, where would
you even find reclaimed wood to work
with in the first place? We will answer
these questions as well as provide some
caution in what to watch out for when
working with reclaimed wood.
Technically, most kinds of wood can be
used for reclaimed wood projects, but
the length of appropriate exposure will
differ depending on the type of wood.
For instance, hard, dense woods will be
able to withstand far longer and rougher
periods of exposure while still being
suitable for reclaimed wood projects
than softer woods would be. That said,
even softer woods like pine can be used
so long as their exposure has been less
One thing to keep in mind is that
the age of the wood will have a lot to do
with its structural integrity. For instance,
most wood these days come from special
farms where trees are grown with the