Recycled Carpentry

Recycled (reclaimed, repurposed) carpentry uses scrap wood and parts of discarded or broken furniture to build wood products. In the past, one would go to the forests and take down trees for building materials. In modern environments, wood is more accessible to the DIYer in the form of disposed furniture and wood pallets. This necessitates a change in methods and tools, but the outcome is identical, and the approach is environment-friendly. At the end of the page you can watch a nice TED video explaining the motivation for this approach.

This website describes my personal journey in this realm, and provides useful tricks and hacks. Check out the hacks page, the basics page, or the projects page, to get an impression.

How it all began

When I moved to my first apartment, I fancied building some of the furniture on my own, from available ("scrap") material. This soon extended to making some toys for my children, and other challenging things.

I describe here some of my completed projects. More should be added later on.

I am not a carpenter (I happen to be a mathematician), and if you aren't, too, this website may spare you much of the otherwise unavoidable errors.

Wider impact

In the long run, with visitors spreading the word (please consider!) and inspire people to recycle wood rather than buying one produced from trees, this project would save trees. This will contribute to the awareness for sustainability in general. No matter where in the world, it would be pleasing to have less material wasted.

Help this project

Recycled carpentry requests tools, whose purchase as a non-profit non-carpenter is difficult to justify, and I am in need for some for my future projects. I figure that if you like this project, you wouldn't mind supporting it at no cost on your side.

In addition, when tools are mentioned during a project description, I often provide affiliate links. Following these links, even if you end up buying something else (notice the caveat in the shopping page), will also support this project.

Finally, spreading the word via links on webpages or any other form would help the project get attention and increase its impact.


Boaz Tsaban, Petah Tiqwa

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