Some time ago I thought I had finished making several peices of furniture from 160 year old church pews. Recently the customer came back and asked if I could salvage enough timber to make a matching bookcase.
With a great deal of difficulty, by laminating pieces together, incorporating and staining new pieces to match the old where I ran out of original timber and repairing quite a few boards to make them usable, I finally managed it.
I was concerned it might be a bit too rustic, but the customers love it. Much to my relief…
-- chris, north wales http://salemchapelfurniture.co.uk/