From Dean Dowd on September 22, 2009 in Green Remodeling
From these old barns
To this new-to-you old door:
Rediscovered wood doors are the green alternative to recently harvested timber. Reclaimed from the wood of old barns, mills and fences that are headed for landfills, these charming old doors show off their age and character. Care is taken to remove and restore each board from structures that could not be saved themselves. This isnt demolition its dignified rebuilding. The salvaged wood is recovered, planed and made into doors that transcend usual sizes and styles. Custom-made, each door can be as unique as your own taste.
Theyre beautiful from the inside out. As a responsible use of resources, the antique wood counters the uncontrolled logging currently destroying natural habitats, disrupting carbon and water cycles in forests, and spending a great deal of energy to harvest virgin lumber.
Reclaimed doors are assembled from strong, dry materials that will not warp and swell from moisture. The thick panels are held together with wood dowels and glues that are less harmful to humans and their surroundings. Thicker, wider and deeper mortise and tenon construction, a practice of woodworking from thousands of years ago, is put into operation. The doors finishes are layered to protect the wood while still showing off its fine grain.
Amazingly, the interiors are so solid that they can be trimmed and planed without sacrificing smoothness around the edges. In fact, scratches and cuts only add to their natural look. And of course, theyre American-built the first time around, American-reclaimed and now American-made once more.
Learn more about Rediscovered Doors at their website: Reclaimed Lumber Products
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