$100-500 / Handmade

Table Scraps: Reclaimed Wood Furniture by ecotables


Lately, I’ve been really drawn to furniture made from scrapwood. I thought that I really loved dark wood, and while I still do, I’m really warming up to the idea of seeing it paired with wood in other tones. The Oops Crib from Structured Green is a great example, but I’ve been looking for more affordable options. The designs by Etsy seller ecotables don’t quite have the light/dark contrast I’m looking for, but for $150-250, I really can’t complain.

The tables are made of recycled and reclaimed wood from beer tanks, water tank wood, and salvaged barn wood. Some of the wood also comes from the remnants of larger tables the designer has made, and he works with redwood, cypress, claro walnut and poplar. They all have a reddish tint to them. Although I’m not sure whether that’s the natural color or comes from stain, the red hue makes them feel warm and inviting. What I love most is that in each slice of wood, you can see the varying ages and levels of patina. They really have character and a modern aesthetic that contradicts their rustic origins.

I want one.

Why It’s Green:

  • Handmade of recycled and reclaimed redwood from beer tanks, water tank wood and salvaged barn wood
  • Some wood comes from remnants of larger tables the designer has built
  • Finished with non-toxic natural oil and natural, homemade wax

Price: $150-250

About Author

I am a graphic designer by trade who has a strong passion for interior design and doing what we can to protect the environment. This blog and my other site, Green & Gorgeous, are my ways of giving back to the Earth.


  • Lindsey
    September 10, 2009 at 11:39 am

    I am all about reclaimed wood these days…

  • Nicolette
    September 11, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    There are actually a lot of great furniture designs made from scrap wood. Do you have an idea of an furniture design you want to make?

  • Cedric Teisberg
    September 15, 2009 at 10:09 am

    Hey Jennae,
    If you think that reclaimed wood is cool, check out this stuff! It comes in sizes a bit bigger than your new table, but its a good story none-the-less!

    Ancientwood, Ltd., an importer and supplier of rare, ecologically harvested Ancient Kauri wood, has recently brought the largest board of ancient wood to the United States. This is one slab of wood measuring 40 feet long, 5 feet wide, and 4 1/2 inches thick! The Kauri tree this board came from took over 1,000 years to grow and has been buried underground for approximately 50,000 years.

    It is very rare to find such an exotic material made available through environmentally friendly methods. Not one tree was cut down to harvest it; all the trees were felled thousands of years ago by natural forces. The wood is responsibly excavated from just under the surface of the ground, all the land that is disturbed in the process is carefully graded and seeded, and in a few months the land returns to its natural state.

    Ancient Kauri qualifies for LEED credits, and is being sought out by leading architects and designers for green building and design. It can be used as (but not limited to): material for beams and posts, flooring, paneling, doors and frames, cabinetry and furniture, and decorative items.

    To see Ancientwood’s latest creation, tune into the season premier of “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” on September 27th at 7-9 p.m. EST. Ancientwood worked closely with the design team from the popular television show to add a seven feet long Kauri dinning table into the house of a family in need.

    As you would expect, the grain and tones of the wood are lovely. It has a powerful shimmering iridescence that easily sets it apart from other wood species. The glow from within the grain adds to the wood’s beauty and illustrates that this is no ordinary timber, but something quite special. It makes anything built from Ancient Kauri more like a jewel. It is perfect for projects that require an extraordinary material.

  • Leigh
    September 16, 2009 at 9:02 am

    The beauty and character of salvaged wood makes wonder, regularly, why anyone would buy virgin wood, especially endangered species or non-local varieties.

  • Patrick
    September 28, 2009 at 7:55 am

    It’s always great to see reclaimed wood used in any furniture. I really love the look of reclaimed wood as the wood has such distinctive markings.


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