Some of my most treasured pieces were crafted from recycled bits of wood.
This end table in our living room was made from a pallet that I found in my neighbor's front yard. I love the "Origin France" stamp that I was able preserve.
I built this chess set from the partially rotting cedar beams that once formed the trellis connecting our single car garage with the house.
I love finding ways of using material that otherwise would have ended up in our solid waste stream. It's amazing what you can do with something that at first blush might be considered junk.
I got pretty excited a few months ago when contractors began tearing out the original doors leading into Keyano Theatre. Leaning up against the wall were various lengths of oak trim, studs and panels. They were peppered with nails and staples, destined for the dumpster. I couldn't resist myself.
"Can I grab some of those pieces?" I asked.
"Sure," said one of the guys. "Have at 'er."
The wood had made it as far as our garage in the front of our yard, and there it stayed until New Year's day.
I had it in my head from the moment I saw the original "No Smoking" sign panel to use it as the top of a table that I could put in my office at Keyano. A brilliant piece of history, I thought to myself. Cutting it done to size, I used some 1" x 4" trim and mitre joints to create the finished top.
Then, using discarded oak 2" x 6" pieces, I crafted some legs, dado jointed in some cross pieces, and glued it all up. Yesterday was spent sanding everything down and applying a couple of coats of Varathane.
Outside of 6 screws, a couple of finishing nails, carpenter's glue and Varathane I used, the finished project represents 100 percent creative re-use of material that was destined for the landfill. I feel pretty good about it, and look forward to the conversations it will inspire when people drop into my office for a visit.