Cool ways to use salvaged wood!

As reclaimed wood becomes an even more popular way to conserve natural resources, it has become not just a way to celebrate the beauty of nature, but it is also an excellent way to save lots of money. For those that are considering reclaimed wood for their next project, there are lots of color variations that can do wonders for your surroundings.

Be on the lookout for the types of woods that you can use when you attend garage sales in your neighbourhood, flea markets, estate sales, even local newspapers and Craigslist for last minute notices. You never know where that next gem may come from so it is important to have your ears and eyes to the ground at all times. In some instances, people just give their piles of wood away simply because they want to be done with it.

Be selective. Look for wood that has character – weathered and knotted wood are great examples of the types that can give your project a truly unique feel and look. Wood with flecks in it or grooves will give the finished product a singular look that no one else will be able to copy.

Reclaiming Road Ties

 

You can take road ties that have been reclaimed to liven up your next landscaping project. If you happen upon a source that can direct you towards more for your landscaping, make sure that it is in proper condition. If it is, it can be used to line up and create a tiered garden. Then, you have the option to stagger the following layer for additional support with road ties. For even more structure, drill holes through layers several inches deep into the ground around and then thread iron rods into each hole.

Garden Ornaments

If you happen to find a great piece at a flea market, consider it for furniture as part of your garden. No work is even necessary on it – leave it as is and add some character immediately to your garden. If it already in decent condition, you may only have to rinse it off and remove any grime or dirt. If you need to apply varnish to protect wood, err on the side of caution as one that is too glossy can take character away from the chair and the garden.

Make a Bookcase

Take planks and construct a bookcase with reclaimed wood. It doesn’t have to be perfect and if it looks slightly worn, do not fret about it. As long as it is centered and sturdy, the salvaged wood can be put to good use. If you have shorter piece, they can become shelves.

Singular Headboards

Reclaimed wood can also work for headboards if you have pieces that are similar lengths. Use a bit of varnish to protect the wood and to avoid splinters.

Palooza

Find wood crates anywhere and then use them to create storage units that are in and of themselves a work of art. The configuration can be altered per your wishes and whatever the end result is will be a hit anyway.

My list of the must-have tools for any DIYer

For the serious DIYer, it is a no-brainer that you will have to have essential tools to get those projects done properly. The following is a list of what many consider must-haves when it comes to getting your project off without a hitch.

Tool Chest

You’ve gotta have one central place to put all of those tools and that means having a tool kit. Whether you are a novice, intermediate, or professional, you will need a proper tool kit that can handle all of your materials and is sturdy enough to get you from task A to task B with no hassles.

Screwdriver Set

You will definitely need screwdrivers in several sizes to use for light switch installation, opening lids on metal cans, tightening cabinets, and so forth. Whichever brand you decide on (although Phillips is at the top of the industry), variety is the key when it comes to a great screwdriver set. You might even need that screwdriver set to tighten up a few screws on that air compressor of yours.

Tape Measure

For precision and accuracy, having a tape measure on hand at all times is also an absolute must. Have one ready to measure those paintings that need to be hung or the space between two pieces of furniture.

Hammer

You will need a durable hammer that can drive those nails in the walls, help you piece together furniture, and hang those pictures. If anything ever gets bent, that curved claw will come in handy as well. Plumb models are even better as they are fiberglass and just about unbreakable.

Duct Tape

Even if you are not a DIYer, duct tape is an absolute must around the house because you never know when it will come in handy. Use it to stick just about anything anywhere, and trust that it will stay there. It is perfect for broken buckets, torn tarps, and small holes.

Flashlight

As long as you have batteries around that are charged, a flashlight that doesn’t need to be plugged in is ideal. The next time you have to work outside or under a cabinet, you will be happy that you have made the investment to have a flashlight on hand.

Plier Set

Pliers can straighten bent power cords, replace older showerheads, cut wiring, and grip just about any object.

Utility Knife

This will come in handy for lots of things, including sharpening pencils, marking mortises, opening boxes, and shaving wood. If you want to invest in one with blade storage and covered handle, even better. And remember to always have fresh blades in stock.

Putty Knife

Use it to spread spackle, glaze windows, or scrape paint away or remove wallpapers.

Handsaw

These are quicker to set up than a regular power saw and are perfect for trimming lumber and/or molding stock.

Multibit Screwdriver

With this version, it is possible to place all bits inside the handle. The handle is able to drive screws quickly and with less power than a normal screwdriver.