Reclaimed lumber has traits which are specific to the type of wood and how it was previously used. Whether you are using redwood or cedar, building indoors or out, reclaimed lumber adds durability, resistance, and a unique appearance. You can apply some of these popular uses from reclaimed lumber, or think of new ideas that are all your own.
Reclaimed lumber is perfect for all sorts of wood projects, including a fancy new dining table. The key is to use the right type of reclaimed lumber for different parts of the table, based on aspects such as appearance, durability, and strength. To help you get the best results on building your new table, The Lumber Baron has put together some tips and pointers on using reclaimed lumber.
Different Wood for Different Applications
Choosing the right reclaimed lumber is important. Dining tables need to be strong enough to support quite a bit of weight without bending or warping over time, the legs need to be strong and straight, and you want a great looking tabletop. With this information, you can narrow your lumber selection to old-growth lumber that is well-cured and offers characteristics only found in reclaimed material.
Heart Wood for Strength
Knots in a table leg reduce the strength. Pick reclaimed lumber which comes from the heart of old-growth and is free of the knots associated with branch growth in the outer layers of the tree. To make it easier for you, The Lumber Baron has an on-site mill capable of cutting custom lengths and thicknesses out of the reclaimed lumber you select.
Reclaimed Lumber as a Tabletop
Your tabletop is going to receive a lot of attention over the years. Choosing reclaimed lumber with distinctive coloration, wood grain, and durability will provide you with a unique look that will stand up to the test of frequent use. The top can be a different type of wood than used for the legs, chosen more for aesthetic appearance. Even a few small, tight knots are permissible since the top needs to be sealed.
Why Your Tabletop Should Be Sealed
There will be spills, things are going to get dropped, and objects may be dragged over the surface. To protect your table, a polyurethane sealant is the best solution. Choose a clear or lightly tinted stain which accentuates the natural coloration of your reclaimed lumber. A few coats of hard sealant add depth and luster to the wood beneath.
The Lumber Baron offers several types of reclaimed lumber which can be used for a dining table project. Since you are going to be sealing the finished product, mix and match your lumber choices for best application, and use the polyurethane to maintain color balance across all parts of the project. Stop in talk with us about your project, and The Lumber Baron will help you choose from our hand-selected assortment of reclaimed lumbers