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Forum topic by westside posted 12-03-2009 03:16 AM 1163 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-03-2009 03:16 AM

Does anyone here find old or broken furniture and try to restore it? I had a chance to purchase a what looked like a pretty old drop leaf table that needed some work, But decided not to do it. Kind of kicking myself over that now.
Have you ever salvaged the wood from some old piece? I have been to a few auctions and saw some old pieces go pretty cheap. I was wondering if it was possible to reuse the wood?

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#1 posted 12-03-2009 02:50 PM

Salvaged furniture reuse is a big part of my business plan.
I’ve been doing it for 40 years.

-- 温故知新

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Derrek LeRouax

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#2 posted 12-03-2009 03:27 PM

I restored a hanging craddle that had been in my family for about 50 years. it was in pretty bad shape, and needed some crack repair, one new peice, and a lot of sanding/filling/staining. I enjoyed doing it, and now I get to say that my 2 month old daughter sleeps in the same craddle that I slept in, which is the same craddle that my mother slept in… Pretty neat, and you can see it included in my projects here.

-- Derrek L.

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#3 posted 12-03-2009 05:30 PM

I learned long ago, that most anything can be repaired if you have the time and the drive to do it.
Unfortunately it it often not worth the effort. I don’t say that to discourage at all, I’m only saying, be carefull what projects you pick. A while back my wife found a piece she liked at a craft mall. She had the good sense to let me see it before we bought it. When I looked at it, it seemed to be in decent, repairable shape. When my son and I picked it up, we then realized why the sign said “as is” They had done a great job displaying it. It practically feel apart when we lifted it—-but we did buy “as is”. I easily could have built a new piece faster. The end result was great. It was for us, so time didn’t matter so much. Maybe I should post it here—I hadn’t
thought about that .

If you’re thinking of doing it to make money, it’s likely you’ll be dissappointed. If it’s for yourself—-go for it . It’s fun and very rewarding. we have a lot of pieces I’ve done over the years.

And finally—-yes you can reuse old lumber. Absolutely! there is no point throwing that stuff away. I can’t think of a better way to recycle!


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#4 posted 12-03-2009 06:07 PM

Using old wood for projects always gives a person a sense of accomplishment and pride. I always enjoy using reclaimed lumber and restoring old furniture.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 12-03-2009 10:20 PM

I don’t like restoring furniture at all. I’ve done a couple of pieces, and hated every minute of it. I’d rather build my own, and especially out of old used wood. But restoring—forget it for me. Redoing furniture is like a box of candy: you never know what your gonna get. Forrest Gump knows.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#6 posted 12-04-2009 08:56 PM

I like doing it – and also using parts from old furniture to make new things. Saves me sanding too.

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#7 posted 12-04-2009 10:35 PM

It sure is cheaper than going to the lumber yard on occasions. Sometimes I can find some old pieces I can reuse the wood, with out having to spend a lot of money. Besides, my wife is really into primitive looking furniture. Kill two birds with one stone.

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