Reclaimed and Rescued Cherry has been milled into engineered flooring (shown with Pure oil/wax finish).
Reclaimed and Rescued Cherry, unfinished.
We recently milled up a trove of Cherry wood which we had been gathering for years. Cherry is often scarce in the reclaimed realm as the number of trees were less abundant than other species and didn’t reach usable timber sizes for a variety of reasons. The wood was (and remains) highly desirable for furniture, cabinetry, and millwork.
Our recent run yielded over two thousand square feet of our World’s Most Eco-Friendly Engineered Flooring with wonderful natural aged color, a satiny grain, and cleaner surface known as our American Gothic grade.
Much of the material was rescued from an old barn we reclaimed a number of years ago. The Cherry had been milled into board stock in the 1940’s and stored in the barn until our reclamation. Mixed in with the rescued material is reclaimed Cherry, salvaged from old barn timbers in the Northeast. The resulting flooring has minimal nail holes, insect trails, and ferrous staining. Each plank has a micro bevel, is 4” to 7” wide (variable) and is 18” to 8’ in mixed lengths.
Tom and Ann’s kitchen was crafted of the same rescued Cherry (solid) by our sister company NEWwoodworks.
Here at Pioneer Millworks we have a menu of more than 50 standard products. But we continue to push the envelope and work with clients who come to us with their own unique vision. In fact, nearly half of all the jobs we do each year are custom. We love these partnerships into uncharted waters and all the challenges that they entail. The extra sweat and tears spent in the production of these orders often leaves us feeling especially proud of the end results.
One recent custom order of which passed through nearly every hand in our shop was 8,000 square feet of Eco-Friendly Engineered Floor made from Reclaimed Douglas Fir Bleachers. Destined for a large corporate headquarters in California, here is what was involved:
Bleachers were sourced from across the nation, from Webster, New York to Portland, Oregon and numerous stops in-between. Because only solid Douglas Fir bleachers could be used for this order, our acquisitions team traveled across the country to find the perfect stock. This was something of a treasure hunt as most bleachers that were installed in the last 50 years are plastic, pine or laminates.
Some of the gum and graffiti we found on our collection of boards.
2.After the bleachers were cut to 8′ lengths (the length of the plywood), we fully surfaced each board in our moulder and put them in our kiln for several days. This brought all the wood to a consistent moisture content and killed any nasty fungus that might have resided after decades of sweaty gym shorts leaving their mark (we learned this the hard way).
The holes left from the original carriage bolts which once secured the bleachers to a metal frame, are drilled out and filled with custom plugs. Our detail oriented crew did an exceptional job matching the grain of the plugs to the grain of each board.
Once plugged, each board was again surfaced in the moulder and then run through our frame saw. Here, a series of blades sawed each board into three thin wear layers.
On our glue line, each wear layer was carefully adhered to a FSC Baltic Birch plywood substrate.
Finally, these glued-up boards were run through the moulder a third and final time where the tongue and groove was milled. After defecting out any remaining irregularities, each board was end-matched and stacked to ship.
I think that it is safe to say that everyone involved in the project is especially proud of this beautiful one of a kind floor. Keep the custom projects coming!