Architectural Salvage & Trash Finds At Work

Underneath the layers of paint, are a great mantel & door! My boyfriend got these from a job he was doing on a home built in the 20’s/30’s – the owner was going to throw them out! He also brought home lots of cool hardware & molding. Being a carpenter presents my boyfriend with lots of great opportunities to salvage & reuse, but EVERY job has it’s item discards.

How about you? Do you currently or have you had a job that allowed you to claim items headed to the dumpster? What kind of stuff did you get?

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3 Responses to Architectural Salvage & Trash Finds At Work

  1. Austin says:

    Those are some great finds! You would pay a LOT of money to have an intricate solid door like that made these days. Just paint on some gel stripper to remove the old paint, and you’ll have an amazing door. I absolutely love finding old hardware, i.e. old glass doorknob/latch assemblies, old heavy intricate hinges, hasps, clasps, kick-plates, knocker assemblies, etc. Great finds!

  2. Nize door. You got it made, it still has the original lock set. Got the hinges too? I’d strip that sucker back, bondo the defects prime the hell out of it, cut some slots for a schlagel type weather strip, rehang it on nice exterior jamb with a threshold/sill/hookstrip, then go to SGO (stained glass overlay) and get a simple classic laminated “lite” for it, or better yet… have a tempered beveled glass lite made for it. E-bay or craigslist it. Easy couple grand for a few days work. Price solid wood doors lately?

    For a dozen years, I rehabbed Victorians in San Francisco, until I was on four stories of scaffolding doing a facade, when the ’89 Loma Prieta quake went off. Many times I found doors, mantles, rooms full of trims and moldings in basements, stashed when they put new ’60s garbage in. The trick was always finding the correct hardware and repairing the door from getting kicked in or planed out of square to make it work as the house settled over time.

  3. jenna says:

    My, we have some things in common. I live in NJ, and my ex was a carpenter. He did quite a few jobs at the shore, most involving old beach houses. He made me furniture from cedar salvaged from siding of a few of these houses, we got a lot of old windows, one with stained glass, and on more than one occasion, people he was remodeling for would let him take what he wanted from their “old” beachhouse furniture….so we acquired some cool stuff.

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