Category Archives: Reclaimed Wood Projects

A New Display Shelf From an Old Wooden Drawer

As my wife will agree, I hate to throw anything away that I might someday be able to use, including this old drawer from a chest that fell apart years ago.

But last week I decided I could make a unique display box out of it, simply by using up some scraps of wood I already had around.

I started by gluing each shelf support to the inside of the drawer where I wanted each shelf to be.

For small projects like this one, I reach for a tube of the water based Minwax® Express Color™ and squirted out a small drop of “Oak.” As you can see by the sheen, Express Color contains both a stain and a finish for an easy, one-step application.

In just a few minutes time, I had rubbed the Express Color into my two oak shelves, ending with long smooth passes with my cloth to smooth it out and to remove any excess stain.

After that, it was just a matter of deciding where to display my recycled drawer, and, what to put in it, while I waited for Leigh Ann to agree that this old drawer had been worth saving.

Until next time,

Thanks for stopping by!

Bruce

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