How to Use Recycled Floorboards for a Kitchen Bench Top

Updated February 21, 2017

Recycled building materials can create a rustic look while reducing the environmental impact of a project. One way to make use of old floorboards is to use them to make a kitchen bench top. The bench top will have the character of age-worn floorboards as well as produce a rugged conversation piece. Building salvage yards have a wide selection of used materials, many with interesting stories that accompany them, such as from what historic building they were salvaged.

Measure the size requirements for the bench top using a tape measure. Mark down the measurements for reference.

Select the necessary amount of recycled floorboards you need based on your measurements. Measure, mark and cut the floor boards to length on a mitre saw.

Lay out the floor boards on a work surface with the top surface facing up. Apply wood glue to the long edges of the floor boards where they will join together to form the bench top.

Clamp the boards together using bar clamps. Allow the glue to dry and remove the clamps.

Sand the top and bottom surfaces of the assembled boards lightly with an orbital sander. This will remove any glue and loose debris on the board. Carefully sand the surfaces without removing any of the character of the wood.

Run the long edges of the assembly through the table saw to cut off any raw edges and trim the bench top to the correct width.

Sand the edges of the bench top with an edge belt sander until they are completely smooth.

Apply a wood finish to the bench top and allow it to dry prior to using it in your project.


Use a clear finish to allow the character of the floorboards to shine through.


Wear eye protection when woodworking.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Recycled floor boards
  • Mitre saw
  • Wood glue
  • Bar clamps
  • Orbital sander
  • Table saw
  • Edge belt sander
  • Wood finish
  • Poly brush
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Jonah Morrissey has been writing for print and online publications since 2000. He began his career as a staff reporter/photographer for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York. Morrissey specializes in topics related to home-and-garden projects, green living and small business. He graduated from Saint Michael's College, earning a B.A. in political science with a minor in journalism and mass communications.