From the editor Sawdust


Reuse, repurpose, and recycle has been a common expression for several years now, and most woodworker­s I know have been wise to this idea long before it became the trendy thing to do. But one aspect of reusing that has become increasing­ly popular lately is the use of recycled or reclaimed lumber. In the past, reclaimed lumber usually meant taking old boards or timbers and planing or resawing them to expose the pristine, old-growth wood beneath the surface. But with the rise in popularity of rustic and farm-style furniture, the appeal of reclaimed lumber today is more often for its weathered, time-worn appearance. And that’s exactly the look we were after when building the trestle table on page 46 of this issue.

The lumber we used for this particular project was purchased from Harvest Reclaimed, a reclaimed lumber dealer near Winterset, Iowa. The back story on the lumber is that it was salvaged from a corn crib built in the 1930s near the town of Bouton, Iowa (photo above). In addition to the knots, splits, and nail holes in the wood, you can see the circular pattern of the sawmill blade that was used to cut the lumber decades ago. Although this trestle table would look great in just about any type of wood (thanks to Project Designer John Doyle), I think the reclaimed lumber makes it even more special.

NEW ENDEAVORS. I’m excited to mention a couple of new offerings that we’ve recently launched here at Woodsmith. The first is a series of weekend woodworkin­g classes at our shop in Des Moines, Iowa. This will be a chance for some hands-on learning under the direction of the Woodsmith staff. Each class will focus on building a different Woodsmith project. The class sizes will be kept small to ensure plenty of opportunit­y for one-on-one learning. To see a listing of the classes for 2020 (and to sign up), just go to woodsmiths­hop.com/weekend. The other announceme­nt I wanted to make is that we’ve launched our first woodworkin­g podcast. We’re calling it the Shopnotes podcast (after our former companion magazine) and it’s a weekly dose of light-hearted woodworkin­g conversati­on. You can subscribe to it for free wherever you get your podcasts. Or you can listen to past podcasts at our website, Woodsmith.com. Check it out when you have a chance, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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