What a fantastic use for the Treincarnation live edge lumber available here at our reuse warehouse! The dining table features a slab of cherry wood, salvaged hairpin legs, and butterfly joints. Thanks for putting these reclaimed materials to fabulous reuse! Photos by @brokenwoodworking (Instagram)

What a fantastic job done, refurbishing this bench! A Forklift Fan cut down a big oak joist from Community Forklift’s reuse warehouse to create the slats. After five coats of varnish (and scraping and painting of the iron), the garden bench is better than new. Thanks for choosing repair and reuse! Photos courtesy of Forklift Fan.

Oh man, does this metal cabinet from the reuse warehouse look good! “A while back I found this beat up metal cabinet at Community Forklift and fell in love with the handles on it,” a Forklift Fan wrote. “The cabinet itself was in rough shape. There were so many dents, rust and corrosion, holes in the metal, and more, but I wanted to take a chance on it. After learning a few new skills—from fiberglass patching to filling blemishes on the handles with solder—I’m super happy with how it came out!” Thanks for having the vision to revamp this piece and save it from the landfill! Photos by @agrant5 (Instagram)

Thanks to Mark of MCH Furniture Restoration for resurrecting another fantastic piece of furniture from the reuse warehouse! The Mid Century Modern coffee table was wobbly and weathered when Mark found it at the warehouse, but after regluing and refastening all the joints and painstakingly refinishing the top, it’s literally shining once more! Photos by @mch.furniturerestoration (Instagram)

We’re proud that Community Forklift serves as a resource for low-cost materials for our area’s small businesses! Check out these shelves that Cheeky’s Vintage found at our reuse warehouse. They look fantastic displaying the vintage treasures for sale in their Hyattsville store! Photos by @cheekysvintage (Instagram)


September 2022: Upcycle salvaged materials into fantastic creative projects
August 2022: Fantastic projects made with salvaged materials
July 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
June 2022: Creative uses for salvaged stuff
May 2022: Creative uses for salvaged materials from the reuse warehouse
April 2022: Forklift Fans put salvaged materials to good reuse!
March 2022: Salvaged materials for a fireplace and furniture
February 2022: Reuse inspiration for cabinet sets and single cabinets
February 2022: New uses for salvaged materials from Community Forklift
January 2022: Creative projects using materials from Community Forklift

Would you like to share a project that you’ve completed using salvaged materials from Community Forklift? Send photos and a short description to outreach@CommunityForklift.org or tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!


Every time you donate or shop at Community Forklift, you’re helping us lift up local communities through reuse.  We turn the construction waste stream into a resource stream for communities in the DC region – by keeping perfectly good items out of the landfill, preserving historical materials, providing low-cost building supplies, and creating local green jobs.