I was asked by a friend to make her a dresser...the only thing that she mentioned is that she wanted it to look old. Old is not that easy for a novice like me, but I said yes, and she gave me a idea of what she was looking for, and I got started.
GOOD THING I HAVE A TECH SHOP MEMBERSHIP!!!!
Step 1: Reclaimed WOOD
First I found out about a guy in Half Moon Bay with a sort of reclaimed lumber yard. I went there, and stumbled upon a relatively rare wood called IPE. (EEPAY). It is a rock hard hardwood similar to teak and is a really impressive wood. I bought the whole stack for like 60 bucks.
I used a lot of it for a playhouse for my kids, but I had a bunch left...It took a bunch of planing and cutting, but I milled it down to usable planks.