Upcycling is all the rage today, and you may have wondered, “What is reclaimed wood?” Reclaimed wood has lots of features that make it worth bringing into your shop; its history, the wood’s character, and availability of species you may not be able to get otherwise. This instructional video from WoodWorkers Guild of America explains these benefits.
The good and the bad
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, and working with reclaimed wood does have some downsides. Is it more or less brittle than today’s woods? Should I worry about paint on the wood? What other working characteristics might give me problems? Don’t worry, we answer these questions, and more, for you.
The medium you work with
As woodworkers, each time we walk into the shop we’re (most likely) working with wood. In order to get the most out of your woodworking projects, understanding wood is very important. You need to understand the material to ensure you’re making the best possible choices for your projects.
Reclaimed wood may be a viable option for you. Whether you’re doing the reclamation yourself, or buying the material from a supplier, the first step is understanding what you’re getting into when you’re working with reclaimed wood. This video will get you there.