Bathroom Vanity #1: Plan and Started Building

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Blog entry by Drifter posted 07-07-2012 04:41 AM 10053 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Bathroom Vanity series Part 2: Face Frame, Door and Drawer Fronts Completed »

Earlier this year we decided to remodel one of the bathrooms – meaning my lovely wife started demolishing the tile in the tub and it was my job to get it done. That seems to be the way our bigger projects start – she gets the ball rolling for me.

Now that the tub is replaced with a 22” soaker and the tile has been sealed and the caulking is in place it is time to start on the rest of it. Because we haven’t decided if we are going to redo the floor I have started on the vanity. After some discussion – my wife explaining what she wanted and me nodding and making notes – I drew up the following designs.

On the 4th I got the rest of my materials and was able to finish the Face Frame

And because I reasoned that I would save enough money building this project myself I finally decided to purchase a Kregg pocket jig. I have been eying them for 6 years now – saw them for the first time in Atlanta at a trade show. Went back at the end of the day – last day of the show – when I had time to break away from our booth and they were all gone. Just could not justify it for any but perhaps one of the projects I have done in the last couple years. Now though, I have a Jet cabinet saw with built in router and easy lift, a 10” band saw and other tools I am eager to use – not to mention jigs and stuff to build!

So back to the project. I was able to also cut all the pieces for the door and drawer front and mock them up. I have two of them glued and screwed but only a somewhat blurry picture of the tall drawer front. I will post more later when I can take more pictures.

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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#1 posted 07-07-2012 07:52 AM

Nice project. I have a tip from experience….....LOL Chose the basin first, then do the blueprinting. I built a beautiful vanity a few years back and the top drawer didnt close all the way. A major OUCH :)

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#2 posted 07-07-2012 03:17 PM

ShipWreck – I know what you mean! Fortunately, there is some flexibility to this design as the pullout is off center and the top will be a solid counter top with a full bowl on top instead of mounted in the top. I started with the face frames and the drawer front in case I need to “adjust” the depths to further account for plumbing and fixtures. If I do have to make those adjustments I will be sure to post them with notes for anyone who is curious to see how it turns out.

-- - It's not worth doing if your not willing to do your best.

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