Posts tagged ‘reclaimed wood’


Some places selling items made from reclaimed wood love to brag about the rarity of the wood they use. (Yeah, I’m looking your way, Restoration Hardware.) I always get a kick out of reading those catalog descriptions, which usually go something like this: “This magnificent coffee table was made with beautifully aged boards from a historic 200-year-old Quaker farmhouse,” or “This exquisite footstool was made with the rarest wood known to man; actual boards from the deck of Noah’s Ark.” (Okay, maybe that one is a slight exaggeration, but you get the idea.)

Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s really groovy that your coffee table was made with wood from an old barn that General Custer urinated on right before Sitting Bull kicked his butt at Little Bighorn (just Google “Little Bighorn,” kids, and while you’re at it, Google “groovy”), but when you get right down to it, is your authentic “Custer Pee-Pee” coffee table prettier than one made with distressed wood from an old ranch in Central California? Does your fancy-shmancy coffee table keep your coffee hotter or display your magazines better than a coffee table made with weathered fence boards from a 50-year old corral? Is your $1,500 coffee table more durable or more appreciated or more enjoyed than my $250 coffee table?

Just a few things to think about before you buy your next reclaimed-wood item.

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A few weeks ago, I received an email from a lady in Clovis, which is about 25 miles from my home here in the Barren Badlands of Central California. She asked me if I’d be willing to make a dining table for her, specifically “a modern table with simple lines, dark reclaimed wood top with stainless steel hairpin legs.”

After exchanging a few more emails, we agreed on a price, and I got the green light to start the table. I really enjoy tackling projects like this because the customer knows exactly what she wants. As long as I build the table to her specifications, she should be very happy with the results. (Just to make sure projects like this are heading in the right direction, I always send plenty of pictures to the customer during each stage of the build.)

Here are a few pictures of the finished table. The brushed stainless-steel hairpin legs were custom-made by






I’m always looking for new sources of old, used, abused, beat-up, abandoned, discarded, neglected, weathered or just plain worn-out wood. If you live in Central California, and have recently demolished a barn, shed, corral, fence, etc, or if you have a pile of old wood that’s cluttering up your property, don’t haul it to a landfill! Instead, email me at If it’s what I’m looking for, I’ll be happy to pick it up.

I’m not interested in wood that’s been treated with chemical preservatives, and I don’t want termite-damaged wood. What I want is structurally sound wood that proudly bears the scars of a hard life of service to mankind.

I LOVE old fence boards!




You might be wondering why it’s been so long since my last post, or maybe you couldn’t care less. Either way, allow me to explain my absence.

Almost two years ago, I started this blog and a Facebook Page to promote my work with reclaimed wood. Although I’m not a big fan of Facebook (or Mark Zuckerberg), I must admit that from the very beginning, Facebook generated much more reader response than WordPress. Consequently, I started paying more attention to updating the Facebook Page and less attention to updating this one. In fact, I completely stopped posting here about two years ago. Today I decided to give WordPress a second chance. And I promise to really TRY to update here as often as I do on the Facebook Page.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to see what I’ve been doing for the last two years, please visit my Facebook page, Knot Your Average Woodworks.