January 1, 2009

With raw material in hand, they painstakingly assemble their scraps into a solid, ten-foot-long block that is eight inches square. To achieve the striated pattern of cascading bands that is Scrapile’s visual trademark—which Salgado calls the “waterfall effect”—pieces are cut to size and arranged by wood type before they’re bonded together with nontoxic, water-soluble glue. “There’s a lot of math involved,” says Salgado, but the result is “a very clean piece of wood.”

The new planks are covered with nontoxic adhesive.
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A worker is shown bonding the adhesive to the planks.
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Once the planks are bonded, the pieces are sliced and weighted until they’re ready to be used in a design.
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The new planks are covered with nontoxic adhesive.

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