Woodcraft Partner Black Dog Salvage Offers Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Woodcraft partner Black Dog Salvage presents two easy projects for Mom – a mirror using reclaimed trim and a three-chair bench – which are easy to adapt to available materials and a Mother’s interests.

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The “Cha-Cha” Bench and a Reclaimed Trim Mirror are Black Dog Salvage projects that would make good gifts for Mother’s Day.

Using salvaged or reclaimed materials can make the project more interesting and offer the opportunity to incorporate Mom's interests.

Take a new direction in Mother’s Day gifting this year, and check out two projects from Black Dog Salvage, a Woodcraft partner that specializes in the reclamation, repurposing and resale of architectural, commercial, and industrial elements and fixtures. The Roanoke, Virginia-based company has its own DIY-TV show – “Salvage Dawgs” – and also creates custom pieces from salvaged items.

“You can either make a gift for Mother – or you can provide Mother with the tools and materials to show off her creativity and craft her own gift. In either case using salvaged or reclaimed materials can make the project more interesting and offer the opportunity to incorporate her interests,” Mike Whiteside, co-owner of Black Dog Salvage said. “Our projects – a mirror using reclaimed trim and a three-chair bench – are easy to adapt to available materials and a Mother’s interests.”

The Cha-Cha Bench requires two or three chairs that are ideally the same height with backs that do not overlap. This may be a good project for the odd chairs that have been handed down through the generations but are no longer part of a set. The bench can be created with a few simple tools by attaching a board longer than the width of the chair seats. The seat offers many possibilities from handsome wood grain board to upholstery over inexpensive plywood. Finish off with a stain or paint to match Mom’s décor.

Trim provides the creative element in the Reclaimed Trim Mirror project. Scrapwood with color and texture like trim or reclaimed barn wood work well with this upcycle. Centering a mirror on a plywood backer and then adding a small frame around both provides the perfect area to arrange the found wood in an eye-catching pattern. Smaller tools are required for this creation. Hang this completed project on a covered patio or a vintage-style bathroom for Mom.

More detailed instructions for these two projects, including a video of the mirror project, are available on Woodcraft’s “Woodworking Adventures” blog at http://blog.woodcraft.com/2015/05/black-dog-salvage-offers-unique-mothers-day-gift-ideas.

Find other upcycling and salvaging project ideas at https://www.pinterest.com/blackdogsalvage or Mother’s Pinterest page if she has one.

For more information about Black Dog Salvage, visit http://www.blackdogsalvage.com. To learn more about Woodcraft, please contact the store nearest you, visit http://www.woodcraft.com or call (800) 535-4482.

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