Reclaimed Wood And Metal

Posted May 29th, 2014 by Greg and filed in DIY project

by Greg Cater

May 29, 2014

Recently in the shop l found myself looking at some great, short pieces of reclaimed barn wood, wondering what they could become. I also had some corrugated metal roofing lying around, so decided to combine the two and see what I could come up with. I had seen a cow made out of corrugated roofing material at a trade show a couple of months ago, and that ended up being my inspiration.


I started by gluing two pieces of wood together to get a board wide enough for the shape. Then I made a paper template of the face of the cow, cut it out and traced it onto the roofing using a sharpie. I pulled out my trusty jigsaw, put in the metal blade, strapped on the hearing protection and eyewear and got busy cutting out cow faces and the ears.


I made myself a grouping of three cow faces and then made a wire loop to hang them from using some old pieces of rusty cable. Not including the time for the glue to dry, the entire project only took about three hours.

hook cow3 3cows

Reclaiming The Rustbelt

Posted May 19th, 2014 by Greg and filed in Uncategorized

by Greg Cater
May 19,2014

Take a minute and meet the folks at Rustbelt Reclamation, located in Cleveland Ohio. They’re taking the building materials from the historic buildings that once housed the industrial giants of the Midwest, and making sure that they’re put to good use in the form of dining tables, conference room tables, and other home decorating accessories. Read more at:

Photo by Rustbelt Reclamation

Photo by Rustbelt Reclamation

Photo by Rustbelt Reclamation

Photo by Rustbelt Reclamation


Architect Turned Woodworker

Posted May 16th, 2014 by Greg and filed in Uncategorized

by Greg Cater
May 16,2014

I just happened on the website for The Rusted Nail, a business focusing on Barnwood furniture. The Rusted Nail is located in Gordon County GA and operated by Jeffrey Burke. Jeffrey builds some very unique pieces of furniture out of reclaimed wood and sells many of them online at Esty. Jeffrey isn’t your run-of-the-mill carpenter, having graduated from the architecture program at the Illinois Institute of Technology. If you have a minute, check out his website and go to the projects page. You won’t be disappointed.

Photo by Rusted Nail

Photo by Rusted Nail

Live Edge Furniture

Posted May 14th, 2014 by Greg and filed in Uncategorized

by Greg Cater
May 14,2014
Dateline Everett Washington.

This story is about two guys building beautiful live edge furniture from logs they have salvaged from small mills around the Northwest. They use wood of many species including Oak, Walnut, Maple and Cedar, building what they call Elpis Furniture. Elpis is the Greek word for hope. The two owners of Elpis & Wood Blake Paine and Matt Moses started their business in 2011, in a similar way to so many other small businesses begun in this country, working out of Paine’s garage. Read more at:

by Elpis & Wood

by Elpis & Wood


Trading A Clock For A Welder

Posted May 12th, 2014 by Greg and filed in Uncategorized

by Greg Cater

May 12,2014

A few weeks ago while having dinner with friends, the discussion came around to my desire for a mig welder. Who would have guessed it, but my friend Sherri piped up that she had inherited that very item from her dad’s workshop. It didn’t take too long for us to negotiate a trade in which I would take the welder off her hands on an indefinite loan, and in the jot too distant future would make a clock for her out of reclaimed wood. She had seen a clock I’d made for my wife and decided she needed one just like it in her house.

Since she promptly sent the welder over to me, I didn’t waste any time looking through my piles of wood for pieces with an aged, worn and weathered look. Unfortunately I didn’t find anything that would work well for a clock, so I decided to do the next best thing; wear and weather some wood myself.

Shipping crate

I took some salvaged pine boards from an old shipping crate, and attached my wire brush wheel to my drill, giving them a good wiring brushing.

 wire brush wheel

This removed the soft wood fibers but left the hard grained fibers looking very similar to wood grain which had been on the side of a building for decades. I then made my weathered barn stain, a combination of rusty nails and/or steel wool along with white vinegar, left to sit in a container for at least 4 days. Pouring the liquid off the nails and into a squirt bottle, I generously squirted it onto the wood and wiped off the excess with a rag. I let the wood dry overnight and gave it one more light wire brushing.

circle cutting jig  band saw

circle cutting jig band saw

Once that was completed I cut the wood into a circle and dropped it into a wine barrel band. The band was screwed to the wood with 4 screws and I stenciled the clock numbers in place.  When the paint dried, I applied a thin coat of CeCe Caldwell’s Aging Cream/Wax, which gave just the right amount of patina to the finish.

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What Can I Make Today ?

Posted May 8th, 2014 by Greg and filed in Uncategorized

by Greg Cater
May 8, 2014

Sometimes when you head into the shop you don’t have a particular project in mind. I find myself looking around to see what I have available in the way of materials, and then deciding what I’d like to do. This particular project came about in exactly that way. I had a bunch of random pieces of reclaimed wood, some small pieces of wire fencing, a shop full of tools and extra time on my hands. I noticed recently that signs saying things like “welcome”, “eat”, “home”, “eggs” were popping up in decor. Most of the signs I saw for sale were made in a faraway lands, out of materials that are made to look like they’re reclaimed, but rarely are the real McCoy.


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