Tips for Finding and Working with Reclaimed Wood

  • Published on Jan 21, 2017
    Raun Meyn is a third-generation craftsman. His material of choice? Reclaimed wood. He uses it to make desks, tables, dressers, beds, bookcases, accent walls and more, a lot of which can be found in his Chicago home. In this video, Meyn shares tips and tricks for finding and selecting a good piece of reclaimed wood.
    Meyn finds reclaimed wood everywhere - barns, torn-down sound barriers at an airport, an old city water tower. He takes the pieces to his shop to sand or plane them down into clean pieces of usable lumber that’s full of character.
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Comments • 21

  • chru cas
    chru cas 11 months ago +1

    Simply fantastic!

  • brans
    brans Year ago +1

    Great video, but overall I really love the clock on the wall, do you know what kind of clock it is n where I can get one.

  • Kyle Scott
    Kyle Scott Year ago

    First peice could b a nice bench top

  • OldBarnStyle Vintage Woodworks

    Great video! Subscribed...

  • Victoria ryslyaeva
    Victoria ryslyaeva 2 years ago

    Thank you for your tis! Very useful. What would you recommend to do with blue fungus / mold affected wood ?

  • bart skomorowski
    bart skomorowski 2 years ago

    Just found your videos and wanted to say that I love your work. I just picked up a old workbench from the 1800s and I wanted to pick your brain on the best way to restore it. I'm also from Chicago and it's great to meet guys like you from my home town.

  • Thestripper
    Thestripper 2 years ago

    I love american woodwork but I wish you would not kill the beauty of the wood with polyurethane all the time. Try tung or linseed oil, just try it.

  • Canada Paul
    Canada Paul 2 years ago +1

    I live in Chicago, however I have access to old farm house and old barn wood in Virginia, How do i go about selling the wood in Chicago, what should my process be? I basically want to tare down the barns, haul it back to Chicago and sale it.

    • Raun Meyn
      Raun Meyn 2 years ago +1

      I think you are on the right track. Tear it down and bring it to the city. You can start with a Craigslist ad and go from there. Email at to discuss anything else, pricing etc. I might be able to connect you with a distributor.

  • Kyle Fitzgerald
    Kyle Fitzgerald 2 years ago +3

    Great Video!

  • Midwest Tool Review
    Midwest Tool Review 2 years ago +1

    What is the song that plays in the background?

  • Jared Thomas
    Jared Thomas 2 years ago +2

    Some cool tips that I can appreciate..but I noticed the wall clock behind you in your shop. Can you tell me more about that?

    • Raun Meyn
      Raun Meyn 2 years ago +2

      That came from a old Montgomery Ward. I found it at thrift store in Chicago.

  • mikethetuner
    mikethetuner 2 years ago +1

    It's good to keep old wood "alive" by extending its usefulness. How do you hunt for nails or screws that might still be embedded? Those can do wicked things to blades should the two meet...

    • Raun Meyn
      Raun Meyn 2 years ago

      Yeah, every now and then you'll hit something that is buried in the wood. But, I always run a metal detector over every board and remove what I can fine.

    • Khurram Tariq
      Khurram Tariq 2 years ago +1

      mikethetuner I'm not an expert but I'm thinking a strong neodymium magnet would be able to find hidden screws.

  • Gordon Reiher
    Gordon Reiher 3 years ago +3

    Hey, I wandered by your shop purely by accident when I was visiting the Chicago Maritime Museum next door. Next time I'll give you a shout so you can point out some good wood species for me.

    • Raun Meyn
      Raun Meyn 2 years ago

      Cool! Stop in anytime.

  • sherrizable
    sherrizable 3 years ago +3

    can I order a dining table from you which is made of reclaimed wood?

    • Raun Meyn
      Raun Meyn 2 years ago

      yes you definitely can. Please email me at