Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Morris County, New Joisey
I always enjoy "repurposing" wood, especially when I know the history. I've actually reused wood from things I've built that were no longer needed.
I once acquired a semi-demolished old dresser, the sides & top of which turned out to be solid 3/4" thick mahogany, not veneer. I made several things from that wood over the years.
I also grabbed the drawers from some old bedroom furniture that was going to the dump. The drawer sides were sycamore, as identified by some good soul on this forum, and I used it for components of several wooden puzzles that have been given to family members.
Most recently, we got rid of an old piano that we eventually had to pay to be hauled away. Prior to its departure, I scavenged several pieces of wood from the case. It appeared to be veneered with some flavor of rosewood, and there were a few relatively small pieces of solid rosewood that I was able to save. On one good-sized board, the veneer was really messed up, and after running it through the planer, I found the base wood to be walnut, which was a surprise. And several pieces in the structure appear to be quartersawn white oak. I'm drawing up sketches now to use the oak to make an Arts & Crafts style mantel clock.