|Project by LiveEdge||posted 08-18-2014 05:16 PM||1241 views||4 times favorited||5 comments|
This weekend I drove up to Salem, OR to pick up some wood salvaged from the Muir & McDonald tannery built in 1903. (You can see a little clip about it on the History Channel here) The wood is Douglas fir and is especially dark due to the decades of tannin use.
This was my first project with salvaged wood and quickly I discovered some pros and cons. The wood was 1×6 tongue and groove and originally I wasted half a day trying to work with the ancient T&G joints by cleaning them up and removing frayed wood etc. Eventually I decided it was not working so I cut them all off and just went with a straight up surface to glue. The trick with salvaged wood is realizing ahead of time that you need to hide as many of your cuts as possible as the cut surface will no longer look the same.
The other issue with salvaged wood is that nothing is quite square or flat. If you are constantly looking to make things square and flat to the nth degree you with quickly get frustrated. This went together well and there is only one cut on a bookshelf that I’m a bit embarrassed about as it has a fairly wide gap.
One of the upsides of working with salvaged wood is sanding. I don’t like sanding. It’s tedious. Here the sanding regimen looks like this: hit it with 80 grit. Done. That’s my kind of plan.
As you can see, Finnigan moved in right away.
I have more of the wood and plan on making a desk next.