What to do with free reclaimed flooring

  • Advertise with us
Project by Richard posted 01-13-2010 04:34 AM 2598 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found some free used flooring on Craigslist, some red oak, maple and walnut. After removing the nails and damaged areas, I had quite a bit of usable lumber, but in 3 inch strips. I decided to build a trunk because the wood was always in my way and the dogs was always dragging them out to the pasture and chewing on them.

Note: the trunk is not tongue and grooved. I found some 1/2 inch birch plywood from a trashed packing crate and simply sawed, glued, and screwed it together into the size I wanted. Then I planed the used flooring into strips and carefully glued and screwed the flooring onto the birch plywood. The trick is to completely hide all the edges of the plywood, so it looks like solid wood. As for the inside of the trunk, I ripped some cedar boards and planed them to about a 1/4 of an inch and carefully laid them out inside of the chest to look like slats which hides the plywood carcass on the inside.

I then finished with tongue oil and used Rockler hardware. If you look closely you may see some nail holes, but it gives the trunk a history. The chest measures 36×20 x 18 inches. I plan on using it for storage and as a coffee table for my house. I always liked using reclaimed materials in my wood working, and hopefully this will give you an idea when you come across free flooring or reclaimed lumber.

The last picture are a couple of “lumber thieves” which frequently raid my lumber storage area

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

10 comments so far

View mancave's profile


114 posts in 3027 days

#1 posted 01-13-2010 05:01 AM

Nice recycling. I have a work bench made from packing crate lumber, looks nice, but your trunk is way better!

View Karson's profile


35111 posts in 4363 days

#2 posted 01-13-2010 05:10 AM

Great recycling. Nice use of some old flooring.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

View OutPutter's profile


1199 posts in 3953 days

#3 posted 01-13-2010 05:28 AM

Anyone can see them dogs is innocent. That trunk might need to be converted to a bed or something. I’ve often looked on Craig’s list for left over flooring to use for boxes but, I’ve never scored anythin as good as this. Nice work and thanks for the post.


-- Jim

View Jason's profile


659 posts in 3471 days

#4 posted 01-13-2010 06:00 AM

I actually have a fair amount, for me, of oak flooring from a bathroom that I tiled. I can’t complain about the pieces I’ve used to this point.

-- Jason - Colorado Springs

View woodworm's profile


14462 posts in 3553 days

#5 posted 01-13-2010 07:29 AM

Very very nicely built & finished chest. A great work on material recycling.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

View scrappy's profile


3506 posts in 3393 days

#6 posted 01-13-2010 07:30 AM

Great trunk. Love the use of reclaimed wood. Get lots of my stuff from pallets. Nice job on hiding the plywood edges.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

View newTim's profile


607 posts in 3569 days

#7 posted 01-13-2010 08:08 AM

Good dogs. Nice trunk. Now all of us Lumberjocks are going to be ‘hounding’ our local hardwood floor retailers for damaged stock.

-- tim hill

View AngelofDeath's profile


116 posts in 3039 days

#8 posted 01-13-2010 10:33 AM

great job with the free wood…. really nice looking trunk….and i feel your pain about the pups…

View itsmic's profile


1419 posts in 3081 days

#9 posted 02-01-2011 08:52 PM

Sharp looking chest, eye catching design, looks great, I like it, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

View Roger's profile


20923 posts in 2767 days

#10 posted 01-16-2012 10:42 PM

gr8 way to recycle, and turn out such an awesome chest

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics