Submitted by Eric Martinez
Eric Martinez shares his salvage story of transforming a piece of otherwise overlooked old wood into a functional dining table for a tiny house.
“This was a project for a customer’s tiny house. The entire table is made from red oak with some inlays of purple heart that I saved from the trash heap. They wanted to use recycled materials so we looked for something to turn into a dining table that can fold away when not in use. At the store we stumbled on this unidentified broken paneled item and my client asked if I could use it as a table. The item was falling apart and had a nasty brown crackling finish which was covered in mold and dirt. I took the entire thing apart and re-cut the outer edges to remove the cracked and broken edges. I then stripped off the finish and added an outer frame to make the table a bit larger and to help hold the original item together. After that I made the wall mount and folding leg mechanism using more red oak and solid brass hardware, some of which I custom forged.”