Preparing reclaimed wood for use in building countertops is an exacting, time-consuming process, but the results are well worth it. We make sure that every piece of reclaimed wood is safe and sturdy. You can be confident that your wood countertops will stand up to daily use and that they will have many more years of life left in them.
Selecting Reclaimed Wood
Barns are one of the main places we find wood for reclaimed wood countertops. Much barn wood is straight and has the natural distressed appearance that our clients want for their reclaimed wood countertops. Floorboards, boards from walls and timber from roof beams can become your new reclaimed wood countertops.
Abandoned houses and mansions yield similar types of old wood. We can use mantels, stairs and even doors to create reclaimed wood countertops. Kitchens in abandoned houses also may have wonderful wood shelving from pantries and even the occasional dining table.
Commercial properties like storefronts and barbershops are also good sources of reclaimed wood. Stores and warehouses are frequently torn down to make room for modern buildings, and using salvaged lumber keeps other wood from going to waste.
Preparing Reclaimed Wood for Use
After determining that the wood isn’t rotted or hasn’t been damaged or weakened by use or exposure to weather, we take out every piece of hardware and metal. Nails and screws in wood will damage our equipment and injure our woodworkers. To make absolutely certain that there’s no metal left in a piece of reclaimed wood, we go over it with a metal detector.
We may remove remnants of paint from reclaimed wood, but we normally try to do as little as possible to alter a piece of reclaimed wood besides the final step of milling it. We leave wood with an unusual shape as is, because many of our clients prefer irregular reclaimed wood countertops for a dramatic appearance.
Get a Quote for Your Reclaimed Wood Countertops with Maryland Wood Countertops
When you visit a wood showroom or a lumberyard you’ll see unfinished reclaimed wood. Because unfinished wood is dull, we can temporarily treat pieces that you’re interested in so that you’ll be able to see the grain, knotholes, wormholes and other markings. Screw holes, nail holes and even cracks that don’t affect the wood’s stability are what makes reclaimed wood special.
You can choose the degree of finish you want for your reclaimed wood countertops. We can sand the wood so that markings are less visible and the wood will take a high gloss finish, or we can finish the wood so that it has a soft shine that accentuates the “flaws” and distress that tell the story of the wood’s history.
To learn more about reclaimed wood, call Maryland Wood Countertops today at 443-840-7373 or visit our showroom.