Saturday, August 2, 2014

Reclaimed hardwoods ...

When I mentioned to my husband that we should reclaim the hardwood from our daughter's home flooring project, he was all "in." That's one of the things I love about him, his industriousness. So, our son-in-law, daughter (in her final weeks of pregnancy) and my husband began the task of removing nails from the 70-year-old oak hardwood tongue and groove flooring strips and stacking the remains.

Mid-century reclaimed hardwood floors. Photo by Alamodeus.

We transported the reclaimed wood across the state with visions of all sorts of projects floating in our heads. Definitely something for the new grandbaby, but handsome tabletops and practical chairs come to mind, too. Did I mention that wood serving trays make my head spin? I can never have enough. Add that to the project list.

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I love, love my husband's first test project: a handsome butcher block made by placing the wood on vertical ends, gluing, saw cutting, lots and lots of sanding, then numerous coats of oil to finish. Bellissimo!

Reclaimed oak flooring used to make butcher block. Images above and below via Alamodeus.

Next up, working with the horizontal tongue and groove surface. 

More reclaimed oak hardwood flooring. Photo by Alamodeus.
Here's what comes to mind ...

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Tabletops and island practicality with a great industrial vibe are definitely contenders.

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 Wood, stone and iron ... it just doesn't get any better than this!

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