Whether it comes from an old barn, an old piece of furniture, or somewhere else, reclaimed wood can lend your projects a character and feel vastly different from that of new lumber. Using reclaimed wood also allows you to use species that are no longer readily available. John Tetreault, who loves to use this wood in his furniture, wrote a guide to help others discover what makes it special. In it, you'll learn where to find it, how to dimension it, how to match the joinery to the material, how to preserve the defects you like and repair those you don't, how to join lumber that has been flattened, and how to join wood that you don't want to flatten because its character and roughness are attractive.

From Fine Woodworking #229