A Crackle paint finish is one way to quickly make any wooden surface like it was old and had been exposed to the elements for a long time. And the old hardware from interior cabinets is often unique and adds another level layer of interest and character to many types of DIY scrap wood projects. Most of the scrap wood waste gets chipped and hauled off to the incinerator or trucked to the landfill. Salvaged hardwood from a pallet shipped in from overseas can yield some nice pieces of free lumber for DIY scrap wood projects.
Salvaged lumber finds at the town transfer station or local recycling center have ranged from old wood furniture to solid panel doors, from oak flooring and old stair treads to cherry cabinets and cedar fence boards – great raw material for more scrap wood projects (including more birdhouses!). The ubiquitous pallet is a good source of materials that is often suitable for making into a DIY scrap wood projects, but be selective when choosing a pallet to salvage. Look for pallets from companies that import shipments from other countries – pallets are made from local lumber, and wood that is common in one country can be desirable in another.
There was enough wood to make several scrap wood projects including a couple of butterfly houses for the garden, plus a couple of thicker pieces of mahogany from the cross-members that were perfect for wood carvings. Do not use salvaged wood that shows any signs of damage from termites or powder post beetles. Thoroughly clean pieces of salvaged wood with a paint scraper or a stiff bristle brush to remove any dirt or loose paint.
Inspect reclaimed wood carefully for any foreign objects, and use a metal detector to find all of the nails and screws which can damage cutting edges and cause injuries. The Canadian Wood Pallet & Container Association launched a campaign to encourage people to recycle and reuse wood packaging material. This attractive birdhouse – or more accurately, this nesting shelf – is a DIY Scrap Wood Project made from pieces of salvaged wood. Resembling an old barn or rustic farm stable, the aged wood has a nice weathered patina from years spent outdoors.
Building a birdhouse requires only basic woodworking skills and hand tools, and using salvaged wood keeps useable lumber out of the landfill. And because I salvaged all of the wood for this Scrap wood project, the cost of the lumber is $0. Clean off the salvaged wood with a stiff bristle brush to remove any dirt or loose paint before bringing it indoors, and let lumber dry in the shop or garage for several days to remove any moisture. Most salvaged lumber has already lost its original moisture, but the wood may be damp from exposure to rain or snow.