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Salvaged-Beam Table

Salvaged from the ruins of old homes, factories, and outbuildings, reclaimed wood has a history, heft, quality, and character you won't find in the new stock sold at your local lumberyard or home center. The wood is typically harder and more dense than timber sourced from many of today's quick-yield tree farms.

The three Douglas fir beams used here were rescued from a dumpster. Their massive size—about 6½ feet long by 15 inches wide—made them ideal for a communal dining table like the ones at trendy farm-to-table restaurants.

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