Yeah. It sure seems silly to me. Let's not forget the missed nail that takes out a perfectly good saw blade. I think the attraction to people is what it represents - some sort of low impact living. Recycle/reuse, While I am big fan of that in general, I feel no need to be building with questionable wood.
It's kind of funny, my sister-in-law had an old barn on their old family farmstead. People were asking her to buy the barn for the wood. She said no but this spring, it collapsed in a storm and now she has to pay to get it cleaned up. Some people's timing is just off...
And, Joe, painting is one of those things that makes me cringe. I'm finishing up a little nightstand that my wife just wanted to have painted. So I did it but absolutely hate doing it. Beats the alternative - a "cute little table from Target". I looked at it - sloppy crap, more glue than wood & wouldn't last 5 years. The one I built will go a couple hundred, at least.
Measure twice, cut once and CROSS OUT THE WRONG MARKS.