Reclaimed Wood Vanity

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Project by mc269 posted 08-05-2015 02:42 PM 4096 views 16 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished up the vanity in the master bathroom of my house. It is made from wormy American Chestnut with walnut hinges, handles and pulls. I wanted something unique and wanted to make every piece on the vanity (except the top which is a stone top). Buying hinges and handles just didn’t seem right for a piece like this so I decided to make them myself from walnut. Time consuming and challenging, but worth it in the end. I wanted an old look for the hinges, like the hammered style strap hinges of the past. So on those, I whittled on them with a pocket knife to give them that rustic, handmade appearance. The drawer boxes were made with 3/4” wormy oak sides with 1/2” plywood bottoms. I also made the wood slides from oak.

I took down all of this wood from an old house that a friend of mine had on his place, dating well back into the 1800’s. The home was filled with beautiful tongue and groove American chestnut walls and flooring, and I was fortunate enough to be able to salvage some for myself. The past lives on in my new home.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 03:28 PM

I like the ‘look’ you achieved. Nice project!

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#2 posted 08-05-2015 04:49 PM

Anything with title “Reclaimed” catches my attention.
You did a excellent job on the vanity, especially the hinges.
Thanks for sharing with us.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#3 posted 08-05-2015 05:54 PM

Impressive…well done!

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 07:31 PM

That is one cool looking vanity. It has big style, and a very comfortable, natural look.
I can’t think of a better use for beautiful reclaimed chestnut.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 08-05-2015 07:31 PM

A very nice looking cabinet. We are building a new house and a few months ago the wife found a nice double sink cabinet made from Hickory at Lowes. And of course several months later, they no longer carry it. I wish someone here sold Hickory (have never found it) and I would follow your lead.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#6 posted 08-05-2015 09:07 PM

Thanks! This was my first time building cabinets and drawers so it was a great learning experience and challenge. The hinges were definitely the most tedious part of this process, but I had seen them before and knew that was exactly what I wanted on this. Chestnut and Walnut are my favorite woods to work with, so I had salvaged and saved the best for myself!
Search for some local portable band millers Hawaiilad, I have found they can get a hold of all kinds of stuff and may be able to get you what you need.

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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#7 posted 08-05-2015 09:31 PM

Fantastic! I love it.

-- Ben in Va

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#8 posted 08-05-2015 11:42 PM

Great looking vanity cabinet—and great save of some gorgeous chestnut!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 01:40 AM

Yeah, that house in the last pic is totally haunted. That’s some Scooby Doo looking business right there.

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 02:22 AM

Amazingly nice find, design and finished product.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#11 posted 08-06-2015 02:36 AM

They turned out awesome- I really like the arched top on the doors. I would like the chance to work with some chestnut some day.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#12 posted 08-06-2015 03:26 AM

Spectacular workmanship! It’s gorgeous!

-- Jim in Langley BC Canada ---

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#13 posted 08-06-2015 04:50 AM

Very cool! I like the fact that it’s all reclaimed, and all wood. Gives me inspiration for some of my own projects.

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#14 posted 08-06-2015 05:12 AM

This is gorgeous… Well done!

-- Chris Knight - West Michigan -

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#15 posted 08-06-2015 09:09 AM

Nice re-use. That stuff is like gold out here in Southern California….$27 – $37 Bd/Ft

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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