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Salvaged fir planks are now a table

Seattle RE Store field crew leader James Taylor saw promise in the fir planks.

Special to The Seattle Times

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$700, nice. Looks like someone took some pallets and made a table. MORE


BRING YOUR family and friends together this Thanksgiving around a different sort of dining-room table. The planks that make up this wooden table were recently salvaged from a Seattle warehouse on Elliott Avenue, where they likely served as shelving that supported store merchandise.

Seattle RE Store field crew leader James Taylor saw promise in the fir planks, which arrived slathered with a thick coat of white paint. Taylor planed and sanded the planks to remove the paint and smooth them out, then found other salvaged materials from the store's supply to create the table legs and supporting segments. He assembled all the pieces and used a water-based polyurethane finish to protect the table.

The RE Store has been exploring ways not only to salvage items and materials bound for the landfill but also to create something new from those materials. This table is the result of that commitment to creative, sustainable reuse.

For sale: The table is going for $700.

Dimensions: 5 feet long, 3 feet wide.

Find it: The RE Store is at 1440 N.W. 52nd St. in Seattle. Online at

Michelle Ma is a Seattle-based freelance writer. She works for Wilderness Awareness School in Duvall. Greg Gilbert is a Seattle Times staff photographer.

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