Reclaimed Oak

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Project by WoodLe posted 03-29-2011 03:30 AM 2005 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is several projects from the our house that I remodeled. House was built in 1900. I reused some oak boards that I tore out to make a mantel and also a newel post and trim for the stairs. The rustic mantel is from 5 oak studs that I glued up and planed down to make one solid piece. The newel post is not solid, but a glued up box with another layer around the bottom to make it 6 inches square. Everything was rubbed down with 3 coats of walnut colored oil. I also made a vanity, mirror frame and shelf for the upstairs bathroom (all made from reclaimed oak) that I might post later.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#1 posted 03-29-2011 03:54 AM

You did an awfully nice job! -were the boards just part of the framing and such? -I was surprised to clean off some curbside 2xs and discover that they were not water heavy, but oak. -so i used them in making a cabinet for a friend. -very pretty work!

-- christine

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#2 posted 03-29-2011 04:01 AM

The oak was all part of the framing (dirty and ugly). None of it was used for trim before.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#3 posted 03-29-2011 04:52 AM

Excellent newel post build – looks great!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 03-29-2011 10:45 AM

Nice job. And it always to reclaim wood..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#5 posted 03-29-2011 12:07 PM

Nice use of reclaimed lumber!

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#6 posted 03-29-2011 02:03 PM

very beautiful. re-use, recycle, very awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 03-29-2011 04:41 PM

Very nice looking.
How did you fasten the mantel to the wall?

-- If you say 'It's good enough', it probably isn't.

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#8 posted 03-30-2011 04:22 AM

Mantel is fastened to the wall with 2 – 3/8 inch thick rods. I drilled into the wall studs and then put matching holes in mantel, and then hammered it in tight.

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#9 posted 03-30-2011 11:05 AM

Great use of some wood with history! Would love to get my hands on some reclaimed wood with history.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 03-31-2011 08:11 AM

AWESOME job! Love the history, charm / character of old, reclaimed wood. Thanks for sharing. Play / be safe.

-- Glen - Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 04-01-2011 02:20 AM

Nice work. I like reclaiming stuff. Its amazing what you can find in house and what people throw out!

-- "Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed", John 8:36

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