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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.

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I like the 'look' you achieved. Nice project!
 

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

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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

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

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Amazingly nice find, design and finished product.
 

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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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Spectacular workmanship! It's gorgeous!
 

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

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Thanks everyone!
 

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Looks terrific - very well done!
 
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