LIVE EDGE FURNITURE // HARDWOOD SLABS
DAYTON // OHIO
Reclaimed Rustics is a veteran owned small business that has been operating since 2014. I started small producing pallet furniture and farmhouse style pieces in New Jersey before moving to Ohio. After a few years building everything from seasonal decor and wall hangings to picnic and dining tables I discovered the beauty of domestic hardwood furniture and live edge pieces. Wanting to know everything about the products I was using, I worked with a local tree service and sawmill to have a number of black walnut trees milled up to my specifications. These trees were turned into many heirloom pieces such as my family’s dining table, benches, headboards, desks, counter tops, cabinets, and many other pieces that will long outlast me.
Being a custom woodworking shop I almost never do the same piece twice. Because of that, every piece of furniture is designed and hand crafted after extensive collaboration with each client. The design process can be as simple as “I want this” or as complicated as “I think I want…” I will work with you from initial concept through the multitude of options and design elements like wood species, physical dimensions, epoxy color, finish sheen, etc. I never charge customers for this process, as I want you to be in love with the final design choices without worrying about how long the design process takes. Once we have settled on a design and price, I will begin sourcing lumber and other materials. The Tri-State area of Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana has a vast array of native hardwoods including Maple, Walnut, Sycamore, Oak, Hickory, Locust, and many more which are harvested and processed by other local businesses. Selecting the individual pieces of wood is perhaps the most important step in the entire process since any character or flaws will be showcased in the final piece. After selecting the lumber, each piece must be surfaced to bring it to a uniform thickness. This is done through jointing, planning, and with larger slabs through a surfacing mill. The next step involves removing any dead or rotten wood as well as the bark before joining the wood together and filling voids with epoxy. Next comes countless hours of sanding followed by attaching legs and other hardware. The final step in this process is the finish application. There are a wide array of finishes available, each with its own unique properties, but each finish is designed to protect the surface of the wood while showcasing the depth and color of the natural materials. Finally, after weeks of work the finished piece will be delivered to your home where it can be enjoyed for generations.
- Communication. Being a custom piece I will work with you through each step of the process and will send photos at various stages. I may reach out to you throughout the project to let you know about any issues or decision points so there are no surprises with your item.
- Service. If you are anything like me, you know the value of a company that stand behind their product. I am proud of every piece that I produce and will work to make sure you continue to be satisfied long after delivery.
- Quality. They say “Good work isn’t cheap and cheap work isn’t good”. I use the highest quality materials from lumber selection to epoxy, accessories, and finishing products.
- Transparency. I believe customers who are more involved in the creation of their furniture have a better appreciation for the finished piece. I welcome and encourage you to come to the shop and see your piece as it is being transformed from raw wood to its final form.
- Time. Being custom you should expect a 3-5 week build time once I begin. This allows for many things like surfacing, fitting, gluing, and finish curing.
If you are ready to move away from disposable big-box store furniture and commission a piece that will last for generations I am here to help!