It’s really easy to get inspired by a DIY video that you see on the internet and make something that they’re making. These projects can be very satisfying and once you’ve gotten the hang of it, you’ll be getting creative and coming up with all sorts of project of your own as well. However, sometimes these projects may look easy but they can cost you quite a lot since some materials such as wood can be a bit pricey.

However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t play around with wood and put it to good use in your projects when you’re on a budget. Here’s a thought: why not experiment with old pieces of wood that will otherwise go to waste? This way you’ll have cheap material to use in your projects and you’ll be doing the world a service by recycling old wood that’s going to waste.

Before you can start playing around with old pieces of wood that you picked up from someone’s barn or back yard, we have a very important suggestion for you here – you have to disinfect and clean it. Who knows what’s been gathering on that wood in all this time it’s spent lying around and wasting away. Sometimes wood can have certain toxic chemicals in it and at other times, it’s either starting to rot or is half eaten by termites.

You want to avoid working with very badly damaged pieces since it can be dangerous to use them in anything but if you find a piece of wood that you can reclaim and work on, here are a few tips that you can follow to make sure that it’s safe and clean enough for you to use.