Not all old wood is meant for the fire. Some can find new life in the form of wall planks, furniture and decor. I harvest mine from barns and fences that have lived a long and happy life on the farm. There are a few tips I have for sorting salvaged boards and getting the most out of the wood available.
Looking at my shop these days everyone sees my walls covered in tools and my floor filled with machines. It wasn't always this way. In the beginning my woodworking business started with a budget friendly box store router. These days, when I'm approached by beginner woodworkers looking for tool suggestions I give them these five.