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Aesthetics of Reclaimed Boards

The reclaimed scaffolding boards which we use for the majority of our commissions are super quirky and no two are ever the same. They have had a colourful life on building sites and often display some of the following “imperfections”. We think these are actually “perfections” and the reason the timber has so much character and appeal!  We know that some of these may or may not be to everyones’ taste though so we ask our clients to read this page and indicate which characteristics they love or hate!

 

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Remnants of paint the scaffolding company use to identify their boards…

 

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Metal bracing which is pneumatically applied to the ends of the boards to guard against them splitting… it’s almost flush with the surface of the wood, but not quite, so we don’t use boards with this strapping in it if it would be likely to affect the finished products performance eg on a table where it would make a plate or glass unstable…

 

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The marks left in the wood once the metal strapping in the photograph above has been removed…

 

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Distressed metal ‘End Band’ used by scaffolding yards to identify their boards…

 

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Nail holes in the end of the boards once the ‘End Band’ has been removed…

 

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Splits in the wood…

 

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‘Biscuit Stitching’ We use this to strengthen splits in the boards or just for decorative purposes !

 

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Rust Stains…

 

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Chunks of wood missing !

 

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Saw marks…

 

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Variations in colour…

 

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Burn marks…

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