The Picture here is a conceptual drawing done by the Interior Designer, (Meghan Collins,Interior Designer, Allied A.S.I.D.)
("Storied Boards"). This company supplies authentic reclaimed materials and documents the history of the lumber and where it came from.
One of the challenges of using this type of material is to do so in a fashion that retains the aged patina of the lumber while making the necessary cuts required. In this shot you can see how the outside corners of the cabinet are mitred so that there are no freshly sawn edges.
This piece needs to be functional as well as look like it has been around for many years.
I took a very thin veneer strip off of a board and applied it to this raw edge.
In the areas that are exposed but not seen I sprayed with a flat black paint so that there were no raw surfaces visible.
The other thing that is lacking from this piece is any visible fasteners, all parts are glued and clamped then allowed to set before moving on the the next pieces.
Given the fact that this cabinet is for towels I lightly sanded the exterior surfaces to smooth things out a bit and sanded a little more aggressively on the interior where the towels will be placed.
Any type of Finish would drastically change the appearance of the old wood.
Hope they like it !!!!