From Dust to Diamonds

Houses of 100 years ago were built with plaster and lathe board.  Eventually plaster, ‘ wet walls’ were replaced with Dry Wall.  During the demo of the 1610 home, literally tons of plaster and lathe are removed from the home.  The plaster is worthless- even as back fill- it’s basically like sand once it breaks down.  99.99999999% of people would say the same about the lathe board.  Though some might grind it into saw dust for animal bedding or others might use it for kindling.  Most however send it to a land-fill.  We however, we chose the path less taken.  We decided to take the very arduous task of turning the lath into laminated lumber.  Despite the exhaustive work, we are quite happy with the results and hope you are too!

Plaster hanging to pieces of Lathe, mid demo

Plaster hanging to pieces of Lathe, mid demo

Once the lathe is removed, it’s piled high in the garage:

The pile begins

The pile begins

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Mike McGowan assesses the growing mountain

Painstakenly each nail is pounded out of the lathe:

Dan Rusk finding his zen moment

Dan Rusk finding his zen moment

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Nate Rusk, after a hard day of pulling nails

Nate Rusk, after a hard day of pulling nails

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Then the indivual lathe is sized and bundled and run through the planer:
 
Pegger, planing the lathe.

Pegger, planing the lathe.

Once planed, the lathe is glued into 6 inch wide, 9 ft long planks.

Then the planks are planed once again.

Katers, hand planing the planks

Katers, hand planing the planks

And after a final pass through the electric planer, we have the final product:

Finished Planks

Finished Planks

And somehow after many hours of manual labor, and electricity generated from the sun,

This,

Lathe on the wall

Lathe on the wall

Becomes this:

Finished Book Shelves

Finished Book Shelves

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3 Responses to From Dust to Diamonds

  1. Tammy says:

    Awesome! Good work Peggy and Katie, as well as, the guys that tore it all down and piled it high.

  2. Jenny says:

    Anything is possible with free child labor! I have some trees that need to come down in my back yard. Could you send Nate and Kate over to my place?

    Seriously, though. Well done.

  3. Patti McGrath says:

    Can we purchase these book shelves or can they be made into furniture? Also, can the boards be stained? The bookshelves look awesome!

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