Tag: salvage

Turn an Old Door Into a Mid-Century Coffee Table

By Scott Sidler | November 23, 2015

Mid-century Coffee Table

My good friend and employee¬†Mark Akers not only helps me run a smooth shop as my production manager, but he also moonlights making furniture with a story. Mark takes pieces of old buildings like doors, flooring, old timbers, hardware and […]

Why Old-Growth Wood is Better

By Scott Sidler | June 1, 2015

old-growth wood

There is no better wood to use when repairing an old house than old-growth lumber. Though it is hard to come by (it’s not on the shelves at Home Depot) it is the most appropriate and best performing options especially […]

How To: Make Distressed Wood Floors

By Scott Sidler | April 27, 2015

how to make distressed wood floors

Usually I focus on how to restore the older elements of your house, but today I’ve got a little tutorial for making something new look old. My wife and I are just finishing our attic bedroom project (more on that […]

How To: Salvaged Wood Wall

By Scott Sidler | October 27, 2014


Nobody likes bare walls in their house. We spend time and money to find attractive paintings and decor to hang on the walls of our home. And a house doesn’t feel quite like a home until the walls are covered […]

Empty Stairs, Missing History

By Scott Sidler | July 28, 2014

Empty stairs

All around my town there are remnants of our history hiding in broad daylight. Hints of the past that are overlooked by almost all of us. Too small to be of much consequence anymore they are simply place markers to […]

Where to Find Vintage Hardware

By Scott Sidler | June 9, 2014

Vintage hardware is awesome. I could probably try to find more creative ways to say that, but I figured simpler is better. The bottom line is that vintage hardware, whether it is actually vintage or a well made replica, is […]

Invisible Repairs For a Hardwood Floor

By Scott Sidler | March 17, 2014

Invisible Repairs Hardwood Floor

My company is featured in the April/May 2014 edition of Fine Homebuilding Magazine for the unique way we repair historic hardwood floors. Here is a large portion of the article available for free only to The Craftsman Blog family. Enjoy! […]

How To: Prevent Termites From Taking Over Your House

By Scott Sidler | September 16, 2013

Termite damage

Termites have been keeping carpenters annoyed and employed for millennia. These sneaky little creatures can turn a solid wood structure into a pile of toothpicks in short order. Each year, termites and similar pests cause an estimated $30 billion in […]