Apr 18, 2013

How to: Make a DIY Wooden Cabinet from Upcycled Flooring Scraps

created at: 04/18/2013

For any DIY enthusiast, the clearance bin at the DIY store is a regular stop. This project, the Oddstock Floored Wardrobe was designed and built to take advantage of that bin. Brazilian teak prefinished hardwood flooring was found on clearance for an irresistible price. The box had apparently been returned from a large flooring job.

To make use of all the boards, they were cut to short, mitered pieces and arranged in a chevron pattern. Metal tile flooring dividers were used to hide the board edges, trimming out the doors. A simple box deep enough to house clothes on hangers was placed on Queen Anne legs for a romantic look. After many searches for the right door handles, utilitarian garage door handles were chosen because of their large size and casual appearance. A coat hook and mirror were added to the inside of the door for accessories.

You can change the look to be more modern by using straight legs instead. Fill the bottom with shoes or boxes and add shelves if you like, or try other types of wood flooring and experiment with different patterns. This project comes from the excellent book DIY Furniture: A Step-by-Step Guide by Christopher Stuart. Thanks to Laurence King and Chronicle Books for sharing it with us. If you'd like to win a free copy of the book, check out the giveaway info at the bottom of the post! 



Materials and Tools

  • Two sheets of 3/4" plywood x 48 x 96in. Here cabinet-grade birch is used.
  • Sheet of 1/4" plywood  x 48 x 96in. Here cabinet-grade birch is used.
  • Sheet of 1/2" MDF  x 48 x 96in
  • Box of tongue-and-groove hardwood flooring (here Brazilian teak), 3/8 x 3 x at least 10in
  • Metal clothes rail, 1 ¼ in diameter, at least 38 ½ in long (part L)
  • Set of brass clothes rail holders, ¼ in diameter (part M)
  • Four wooden Queen Anne style legs (part I), length 28in
  • Four metal tile flooring dividers, 3/8 in profile x 1/16 in metal thickness x 75 in long (part J). (The profile hides the flooring edges. Match the profile height to your flooring thickness.)
  • Two brass utility door handles, 6 ½ in long (part O)
  • Four pairs of brass ball catches (part N)
  • Screws 1/2–1 ¼ in long
  • Small nails
  • Four corner plates and mounting hardware for table legs (part K)
  • Two brass piano hinges, 1 ½ in wide when open, 72 in long (part P)
  • Wood glue and gel super glue with activator
  • Screwdriver
  • Drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Hammer
  • Small nail gun or headless pin nailer
  • Countersink bit
  • Plug cutter

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James on Jun 08, 2013:

Seems like an interesting book, i gotta check it out. Even though i have to say that i prefer to eyeball things. This way, not every (furniture) project works out the way it should, but it's always a learning experience. I tried to transfer this concept over to cooking, but my wife doesn't like that very much ;)

It's good to know that more and more people start to recycle their scrap material. Afterall, ressources on this earth are not endless. I usually just collect all leftovers because "There could be some use for them" ...but this use almost never presents itself.

First time visiting your site and it has already given me some inspirations. Will definatly be back for more :)




emily on Apr 29, 2013:

i'd love to start making my own furniture! there are soo many ideas out there, this book would be a great  place to start!

motea on Apr 29, 2013:

I love upcycling and repurposing furniture...this book would be a wonderful resource of ideas!

Melissa K on Apr 29, 2013:

Wow, saw you on AT and this cabinet is stunning.  I'd love to tackle it someday.

lwiseblau on Apr 29, 2013:

I would love to try making this chevron armoire.

Shannon on Apr 29, 2013:

Obsessed with this!  Wish we had room in our tiny condo...this would be a very cool addition to any room.

Kari on Apr 29, 2013:


I definately want to tackle this dresser.  Perfect way to satiate a herribone obsession.  Thanks for the tutorial.

Juliet on Apr 29, 2013:

This is wonderful. I would love to incorporate the pattern on dresser drawers as well.

Jack on Apr 26, 2013:

I am going to restore some relic chairs from the early '20s and reuse the wood from bamboo to shape the backs instead of carving them out of oak, really inexpensive that way.

Thomas on Apr 25, 2013:

Would love to see this same kind of project done with upcycled pallets. I think that could give quite the rustic look.

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mary Jane on Apr 24, 2013:

Great project! I like to shop at my local ReStore - donated items that are resold for Habitat for Humanity! Great finds and even better prices! This project would be perfect to "Choose to reuse" materials that other wise would end up in a landfill! Mixing and matching from friends left overs would also work great!!

I bet Pallet pieces would also work - "Poor mans Lumber"!

Thanks for adding all instructions and diagrams - i am always adding to my sites to share with others!! I am printing, sharing on Pinterest and heading out to my local store to pick up Homelux and looking for clearance flooring!!

Thanks foer sharing!

Mary Jane


Ayshaday on Apr 24, 2013:

This is amazing! I love how it turned out.  Wondering if the technique will work as a way to make-over an already existing piece of furniture.

Emily on Apr 23, 2013:

How perfect! Now that I have access to a woodshop, i can't wait to tackle this project! Thanks for posting!

Marissa on Apr 23, 2013:

This looks like such an awesome project! I may have to give it a try in the fall when I move into my new apartment :)

Courtney on Apr 23, 2013:

Hi guys! Love this! Thanks for sharing. Pretty sure my dad has enough extra flooring scraps to make a few of these. Great project. He's been trying to think of what to do with it. My next project -garage work bench.

Ray Oliver on Apr 22, 2013:

Looks like a nice project, could be a good go!

Chuck on Apr 22, 2013:

Hello and what a wonderful use of flooring you have!

C.C. on Apr 22, 2013:

I need a project for the my summer semenster at schol! I could get some ideas from this!

Troy on Apr 22, 2013:

Looks fun! Love the site, how about a DIY wine barrel wine cabinet!