Working with reclaimed lumber is a real treat, maybe even an honor. These boards tend to be heavy and full of character, and my task as a cabinet maker is to find ways to feature the most interested parts of the lumber without exposing any newly milled parts of the wood, all while making the lumber fit the design of the cabinet. Needless to say, this adds a few steps to normal cabinetry. But working with reclaimed lumber also eliminates a few steps, like perhaps sanding, staining, and/or finishing. The lumber above is reclaimed oak, and it is being built into a desk and upper. The cabinet below is a reclaimed oak vanity, and will be stained with a pickled stain and finished with a dead flat lacquer. Both cabinets are for the same home.
When it comes to clamps, these ol'bessys have provided almost decades of use.