Category Archives: Reclaimed Wood Projects

Making Lemonade

Remember the saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”? Well, during our kitchen remodeling this past summer, some of the new cherry kitchen cabinets we ordered came looking like they had been dropped off the back of a truck. Drawers were broken, corners crushed, hinges sprung, and shelves split. The company quickly sent replacements, but had no interest in the damaged cabinets. So, I put them in the garage, started making repairs, added a particle board top, and now Leigh Ann and I have a cherry workbench for our projects. I’d say, in the end, it worked out in our favor.

(Quick Tip: look for damaged cabinets at salvage shops in your area for your workspaces.) – Bruce

A New Life For Old Wood

When I had the chance not long ago to haul away several oak boards from old beds, I never hesitated. Hundred year old boards have a unique flavor that new wood simply cannot duplicate. And I knew that with a can of Minwax® Wood Finish™ in “Gunstock” I could make a few small Arts and Crafts style tables. See how they turned out in the next picture.

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The woodworking aspect really was pretty simple, as Arts and Crafts designs were meant to be. The Gunstock stain really made the grain of the century-old oak come alive. So, if you ever have the chance to gather some old wood, don’t pass it up — even if you’re not sure at the time what you might make from it!

Thanks for stopping by! Bruce