The Pi Table

Originally published in 

Scrapile—Pull up a chair to one of Scrapile’s impossibly elegant dining tables and you’d never guess that the materials used to create it had once been destined for a landfill. Founded in 2003 by Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt, Brooklyn-based Scrapile repurposes cast-off scrap wood to create crisp modern furnishings. Salgado and Bettencourt met in the mid 1990s, doing installation work at the now-defunct SoHo branch of the Guggenheim Museum. “We were both appalled by the waste at the Guggenheim,” says Salgado. “Between exhibitions everything got demoed, and it was still good material. It just sat on our consciences.” Years later, they found themselves at a studio staring at a pile of wood, wondering what could be made from it. The query yielded two benches—the seeds of Scrapile. The collection has been growing ever since.

Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt in their Brooklyn studio
Carlos Salgado and Bart Bettencourt stand in their Brooklyn studio, where they invented Scrapile’s signature striated wood surface out of salvaged scrap wood.
scrapile raw wood glued

The Pi Table: Dumpster Diving

The first step in the Scrapile process is to acquire raw materials. Salgado and Bettencourt are beggars, not choosers: Any wood—from cherry to walnut—will do.
scrapile wood sliced weighted

The Pi Table: Building a Block

With raw material in hand, they painstakingly assemble their scraps into a solid, ten-foot-long block that is eight inches square.

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