As you may recall from my previous post: Build a Cabinet from Reclaimed Materials: Step 1, I had uncovered a set of drawers and doors from a local salvage store that had inspired me to build my first-ever piece of furniture, a vintage inspired cabinet. I was way excited when I took those drawers and doors home. So excited in fact, that I actually didn’t even go straight home. I went over to my mom’s house to show her and my dad what I had purchased. My dad is an extremely handy guy and my mom has always had a strong appreciation for tools. I knew he would know what to do next and she would have what I needed to do it.
Finding Design Influences & Sketching
My dad told me we needed a plan, so we immediately got to sketching ideas. I pulled a lot of inspiration from the furniture I had around my home. I have always appreciated clean lines and a simple style. Keeping it simple was important anyway, since this was my first build. I wanted to make sure it was achievable. And I knew with my dad’s skills, I could make this happen. Below is a snapshot of some of the furniture elements I found around my house that inspired the design and build.
The Design Plan
The drawers and doors I had purchased would become a narrow console cabinet with an inside shelf. The depth of the cabinet was based off of the depth of the found drawers, making it a little over a foot deep and about 50″ wide. I took a few days to make more detailed sketches based around the measurements of the drawers and doors to get an idea of the amount and size of the material I would need. Once the sketch was in a good place, I enlisted my dad to go back to the ReBuilding Center to find additional wood to make the build.
Finding the Right Materials for the Project
I wouldn’t call my sketch exact. Since I had decided to use salvaged materials for the rest of the cabinet, I left some leeway on the design based on what I could find. The choice to use salvaged materials over new materials was mostly based on price. If you can find what you need, the prices at the ReBuilding Center are awesome. I also wanted to use all solid wood, which would have been even more expensive if bought new. This wouldn’t be an Ikea, MDF piece of furniture, that was for sure. I wanted this to be sturdy and long lasting and solid wood was the way to go. The cabinet was also going to be painted, (The pieces I had already purchased were painted) so that left both unpainted and painted woods an option to buy.
On our next trip to the ReBuilding Center, we purchased a ton of lumber, probably more than we needed of some sizes and less then we needed of other sizes. We figured we could always return there if we needed something else, and whatever went unused would become part of the next project. The great thing was, we had enough direction and materials to get started.
Stay tuned for my next post: Build a Cabinet from Reclaimed Materials: Step 3 The Right Tool.
Planning your own build? What is your plan and what inspired you?