First, the boards are planed down and cut to length.
Then, they're sanded. In the pic on the left, Robert is using a palm sander to smooth out the paint and create a nice edge on the board. If there are any places the sander cannot reach, we use a flapwheel (a drill attachment) that will remove any splinters or debris caught in the cracks.
The settees we are creating are framed with 2x4 studs, while we use any 1" thick board we can find for the seats and back. The piece Robert is holding was once part of a cabinet. In the pic on the right, I'm holding a piece of a door frame.
Here is the finished work, after the application of a plant-based mixture (linseed oil and turpentine) that seals and preserves the wood.
Reclaimed wood and oh so shabby chic!
Suzanne Norman, author, root excavator