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5 Things To Remember When Working With Reclaimed Wood

Straight from a professional furniture maker!

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Photography: alpineguru.com (Main Photo)

Upcycled old wood is an eco-friendly material for customizing your space. Not only that, it gives your home a modern rustic charm, too. Nathaniel Geluz of Dekko PH gives us the low-down on why reclaimed wood is a good material to use for your bespoke furniture, and what to be on the look out for when shopping: 

1. It's hardy. 

"Most of the wood used in old homes from the 70s or earlier are of high quality." Think narra, kamagong, molave and tanguile. 

2. It adds character. 

The reclaimed wood that Dekko PH uses for its pieces are the ones with spots, dents, even holes from old nails. "The imperfections will add texture and uniqueness to your furniture," says Nathaniel. 

3. The wood should be pest-free. 

Make sure that the wood you recycle has no signs of infestation. You should also avoid wood with "toxins applied from previous pesticide treatments." 

4. Watch out for old nails and make sure to take them out. 

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"We make sure that nails and tacks are removed," says Nathaniel. "We then apply a wash to the wood to remove dust." 

5. Wax it regularly. 

Regularly (clear) waxing will protect your furniture while keeping an untreated appearance. Remember, you always want the natural qualities of the wood to show through.

This snippet originally appeared in the December 2016-January 2017 issue of Real Living Magazine. Main photo by alpineguru.com

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