Recycled goods may seem like a lower-quality option since they are older and have been used before, but that isn’t always the case. In situations like reclaimed wood, however, you are actually getting a lot of benefits that a brand new version would not supply.
Reclaimed wood is acquired through a simple process that will take old, used wood and make it fresh again for an entirely new purpose. The wood is de-nailed by hand to ensure that old nails, ties, and staples are removed. The surface is then cleaned so that it is free of old dirt and debris. Then, the wood is roughly milled to a predetermined thickness and kiln-dried for stability and removal of things like insects and mold. Finally, the wood is planed and ripped so that it can be molded into its new shape, cross cut, and custom crafted into its final shape and product.
The finished product ultimately has a great deal of character, history, and general uniqueness that you can’t find in other, newer woods. It is also much better for the environment since the wood was not tossed into a landfill after fulfilling its original purpose. These benefits can often make reclaimed wood the first choice for people, regardless of the fact that it has previously been used for other purposes.
Best of all, its new purpose has a world of opportunity. Reclaimed wood can be used for anything from flooring and decorative wall wood paneling to reclaimed wood shelving and furniture building! There is a wide range of opportunity for this material that otherwise would have been discarded.
Wood adds a beautiful aesthetic to any project that is yet to be matched by any other material. By using reclaimed wood, you only add more character to this already inherent and impressive beauty. No matter what project you plan to take on next, consider using reclaimed wood as the way to make it a reality.
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