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Thread: A Diamond in the Rough: Using Salvaged wood for Custom Cabinets

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    A Diamond in the Rough: Using Salvaged wood for Custom Cabinets

    Ok guys and gals, I am gearing up for a little project I thought might interest at least a few of you. So i figured I would accompany it with somewhat of a journal. Hopefully I will be able to update this thing through the process of this project. There may be days when I don't get to post anything since I am very busy working full time, working part time on this project, building a temp shop and keeping LOML happy at the same time.

    Project Overview....

    Some friends of mine who live out in a very rural area nearby inherited a house that was built circa 1890. They decided to remodel this house adding certain modern conveniences while attempting to keep the character of the house intact. In order to do this they also purchased another similiar house in the area which was in disrepair. This house will become the provider of much of the wood and material needed to remodel their house. In the process of tearing this house down they found a later behind a baseboard dated 1891. Construction methods used on the house date it somewhere around 1870's.
    The house, like many built back then, is contructed almost completely with old growth cypress and pine. i have attached a pic of the house with all the cypress siding and flooring removed. Notice the (true) 4x4 studs spaced about 30" apart. not a single 2x4 in this house.

    The project will include building a small u-shaped kitchen, a bathroom vanity, and a linen cab. The kitchen will be built with the Antique cypress that was taken off the old house. Doors and drawers will be inset, with applied beading on frames. Drawers in kitchen will receive Blum Tandem guides with softclose feature. There will be a decorative range hood, a wine rack and a set of pot drawers. The range and sink areas will be flanked with decorative half columns made with 4x4's from the house. The bath vanity and linen will be painted due to the majority of the walls and tub surround being cypress.

    I am really excited about this job. This has the potential to be the nicest Kitchen I have done to date. I am anxious to get started. I am sure there are many more details I could add but this is getting long winded.

    Today I will start by stacking the wood to allow it to dry after some rain we received yesterday wet it pretty good.

    Then the long and time consuming task of planing all of this wood will begin.

    Sorry this was so long. Thanks for reading.

    More pics to come
    Chris

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    Ok i know some of you are thinking....what wood?

    Well here is what I brought home last night. I haven't a clue on the board footage. Almost all of it is over 1" thick. some 1-1/2", plus a couple of the 4x4 studs.

    As you can imagine, seeing as this wood is over 100 years old. and was cut using slightly more primitive means, almost all of it has deep saw marks and resembles the look of a rough cut cedar. It also has formed a layer of aged wood, mildew, dirt and who knows what else. So at first glance it may not look like much. But send it though the planer and WOW. You just can't buy cypress that looks like this anymore. Some of these boards measure 16 and even 17" in width. I know for sure of 2 boards that are 16" wide and 10' long. I am attempting to leave these boards intact if possible. I would rather not use them since they are so rare.

    Well, here it is, my measely little 5x8 trailer loaded down.

    I couldn't resist planing down a couple of boards to show you what is hidden under that dark exterior.

    I know the pics aren't great, but it was dark and I was in a hurry. I'll try to get better pics today.

    until then thanks for looking
    take care
    chris

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    Nice find Chris.

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    ONe heck of an interesting job Chris, I can't wait to see what you do with all that nice wood!

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    Chris this sounds like a project that I would love. I envy you.

    I have enjoyed both the description and the picturtes so far and please keep them both comming.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Nice project, and beautiful wood. Look forward to following this.

    Stu... The "style" of the house looks vaguely familiar....no?

    Greg
    Last edited by Greg Cook; 09-13-2009 at 03:45 AM.

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    chris, this thread has the potential to be a really cool thread! please keep us posted......thanks! tod
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Nice project, and beautiful wood. Look forward to following this.

    Stu... The "style" of the house looks vaguely familiar....no?

    Greg
    Yeah it does, but the location beat anything I've seen here

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    Great post. Great wood!

    I would give the wood a thorough brushing with a stiff brush to get as much grit off as possible before machining it. That stuff will tear up your blades and bearings.

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    Chris,

    Speaking of planing, what kind of planer are you using? Any "action" pics you could share?

    Thanks,

    Greg

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