Rustic style homes are becoming very popular. As a result, our clients want their custom rustic furniture to be as authentic as possible. Reclaimed wood already has the patina of age, as well as a natural distressed appearance. For a genuine rustic dining table, it’s smart to have it custom built from reclaimed wood.
Where Do We Find Our Reclaimed Wood?
Reclaimed wood is also called salvaged wood or repurposed wood. Much reclaimed wood comes from old barns. Barns have a good variety of sizes of wood with different levels of wear and tear, providing that coveted distressed appearance for a rustic wood dining table or other piece.
Barn floors supply the most distressed pieces of wood. Wood from roof beams has the least wear but will still have peg or nail holes, tool marks and knotholes. Wall boards have visual interest due to hole patterns from hooks used to hang tools, saddles and other horse tack.
We also find reclaimed wood in old houses that are being gutted or torn down and old buildings like general stores that have wood floors and counters. Even warehouses and breweries can be sources of reclaimed wood for your rustic wood dining table.
How We Design Your Table
We can use reclaimed wood to build a traditional style rustic wood dining table, or you can choose an irregular piece of wood for your tabletop to create a great conversation piece. We often use single or double pedestal bases for reclaimed wood dining tables, but we can make a straightforward table with legs for a primitive look. The durability and sturdiness of reclaimed wood is apparent in the fact that it has withstood decades or even a century or more of use and exposure to weather.
Preparing reclaimed wood to become a rustic wood dining table takes time and requires the expertise of an artisan trained in working with old wood. Nails, screws and all other metal must be removed from the wood before it can be milled. We’ve even found ancient bullets in old wood. Reclaimed wood can be finished with a high gloss, or we can use a matte finish that shows the wood’s patina and character markings.
Why Choose Reclaimed Wood for Your Dining Table?
Reclaimed wood is just as useful as new wood. Instead of making new wood look old and distressed, you can use wood that has been distressed naturally by time. Every time you sit down at your rustic wood dining table, you’ll appreciate the history behind the wood.
Using reclaimed wood has significant benefits for the environment. It’s one of the best ways to recycle and reduce waste. Call OE Custom today at 410-844-4684 to learn more about using reclaimed wood in your rustic wood dining table.