1920’s-style Eyewear Stage – from reclaimed and recycled wood, glasses stand

With Christmas around the corner I’ve been in the shop making gifts for friends. Here is a 1920’s-inspired glasses stand that I’ve titled The 1920’s Eyewear Stage.

I made this eyewear stand from a length of mahogany siding reclaimed from a Frank Lloyd Wright house. (the house was repaired, not destroyed …and this siding was replaced with new boards, carefully sourced and precisely milled.)

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20 Year Old Maple Butcher Block Kitchen Island Becomes Cutting board & counter extension.

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I have a reclaimed and recycled kitchen in my house. I bought a lot of quality cabinets that were installed in a home that caught fire upstairs. Insurance covered a new kitchen for the owners and they sold all the “used” cabinets and granite counter tops to me for a reasonable sum.  Continue reading 20 Year Old Maple Butcher Block Kitchen Island Becomes Cutting board & counter extension.

Watchmaker Workbench ~ Reclaimed Corian, Walnut and used plywood

It’s been a while since I’ve added a project to reclaimedrecycled.com but not for lack of reclaimed wood projects.

Here’s something from my shop in the final days of May, 2012; A Watchmaker’s workbench.

The fact that I sat on an integral part from a 1958 Hamilton watch movement was the motivation to create a clean, dedicated space for working on watches. There are many small parts inside a watch and when you begin to dismantle the movement, the pieces need to be carefully set into parts dishes. There are sides on this benchtop table that hopefully will stop the tiny pieces from finding their way to the floor.

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Chimney Chase to Chicken Coop – A Cedar Facelift

As Spring crept across New England this year, and work picked up, I salvaged some cedar siding boards from a home repair job. The 14′ long recycled cedar siding boards had a lot of life left in them and what’s better to store than lumber you can stack outside, exposed to the elements.

However attached I get to the possibilities for the lumber I salvage, the point was to re-cycle it and that’s exactly what happened to some cedar this week.  Continue reading Chimney Chase to Chicken Coop – A Cedar Facelift

Wait, you’re going to throw that out…

No reclaimed wood in this picture but when I saw this old commercial stove being tossed I halted the owner long enough to salvage some of the parts.

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Though I thoroughly enjoyed watching “Hoarding – Buried Alive”, I seem to effectively manage and maintain an organized collection of various reclaimed and recycled materials without amassing a junkyard.

Treehouse to Truck Bed, recycling wood for a different use

Reclaimed & Recycled – that’s the way I like it. Old wood has character, even if it’s not that old. As is the case with these reclaimed pieces of 5/4 pressure-treated fir.

Some years ago, I built an amazing treehouse with a suspension bridge to a higher look-out platform. A storm devastated 12 of 16 trees on the property including the lookout support tree. (The treehouse remained intact)

To aid with an interstate move, I built some truck bed side rails to help contain the possessions. I would have liked to use some pretty hardwood but these PT 5/4 boards were just lying out in the weather waiting for a use, just the right length, and not slated for a future project.  Continue reading Treehouse to Truck Bed, recycling wood for a different use

Cedar Trunk Made From Reclaimed Cedar Closet Boards

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While cleaning my bedroom yesterday, I noticed this barrel top trunk that I’ve never really liked and would be happy to part with but is so practical that it’s been at the foot of my bed since I made it in the early 1990’s is crafted entirely from Reclaimed & Recycled wood.

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Pennsylvania German Hanging Cupboard

Project: Pennsylvania German Hanging Cupboard

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Material: Mahogany
Source: 1952 FLW skylight trim
Comment: Though none of the style is Frank Lloyd Wright, I used 100% reclaimed mahogany from one of two Frank Lloyd Wright original homes in Connecticut.

Project Description:

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Reclaimed mahogany from skylights in a New England house became a late 18th century Pennsylvania German Hanging Cupboard, in 2010.

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