If you've ever made anything out of wood, you know how much excess there is once you're finished. Uneven bits and bobs cut at strange angles get tossed in the dumpster for lack of imagination on how to put that valuable timber to use. Sure, wood does grow on trees — it is trees...but that doesn't mean that there is an endless supply of it.
One man thought to take a pile of scrap wood from his work and turn it into something truly beautiful. Not only did he not have to pay for his materials...but he salvaged some truly gorgeous pieces of lumber!
He cut his scrap strips of wood down to be one and 1.5 inches thick.
Using mostly mahogany, walnut, and cedar, he got to work on the frame using glue and nails.
This piece will stand vertically and act as the legs.
He repeatedly glued and nailed one side while clamping the other.
Letting the edges hang over a bit gave him the option to level them out later.
In an effort to give the piece a unique look, he alternated the length of the wood that ran up the side and bottom.
He made sure to plan the corner pieces so he didn't nail where it would be visible.
It's coming along nicely.
Just keep on stacking!
Finally, he put the different pieces together.
It was time to start the sanding process.
And I mean A LOT of sanding.
He gave the top corner a rounded edge.
Some stain brings out the different hues of each wood type.
This table got a layer of Danish oil and a top coat of polyurethane for protection.
After the second coat of polyurethane's all dry...
You're ready to dine!
This table would cost a fortune off a showroom floor...to think it was made from free scraps! It's so great that these handsome strips of wood didn't get lost in a landfill somewhere.