Rustic Vanity #1: My Vanity Is A Little Rustic

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 02-04-2007 12:38 AM 1759 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been feeling like a mad scientist in my secret lab. Working on a project and not sharing the process. So I thought as this vanity gets built I’d try to keep a record. I am building a vanity to go in my bathroom. My design needed to fit existing materials. I’m using pine logs, distressed alder, willow twigs, a maple carving and maybe some stones. I already have a sink. It is a 30X20 inch wall mount second hand sink. That should go great with the cast iron tub. Originally I planned on using the claw feet from an old tub to mount the cabinet on but with the bath so small I realized I’d never get to see the feet. I started by drawing a “floor plan”.
Layout and Design
I’ve developed a specific form of construction to accommodate my different materials. I have to build it in such a way that I can take it all apart to glaze and spray the finish then reassemble it. I scribe fit most every thing to the logs. It is also a tight fit in the house so I have to be very careful with my measurements. Things are changing all the time as I build. I change the door style today, because I didn’t have the hinges I thought I had.
This is the part I really enjoy. Getting the different materials and forms into harmony with each other. Working with curves, angles, and proportions. I also plan a medicine chest at the same time so I’ll be on this project for awhile.

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#1 posted 02-04-2007 12:51 AM

amazing construction, nice work.

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#2 posted 02-04-2007 02:08 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-very good reading, and so the project of a rustic vanity creates the need of a story to tell-write!

I have to laugh at myself sometimes when I think of all the writing that is involved in being a worker of wood, and then there was the time we thought we were only wood workers. Never again, as now we blog those wood projects as stories for others to read.

Also I like how you have incorporated those pine logs into the front of the piece.

-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-04-2007 03:17 PM

That is some of the neatest looking pine I’ve seen. How are you planing to finish? With a clear coat to show off those pine logs? I can hardly wait to see what you are going to do with the willow twigs.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#4 posted 02-04-2007 04:16 PM

Looking forward to the finished project

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#5 posted 02-04-2007 09:42 PM

Those pine logs will be scraped and sanded just a bit then clear coated. I like to leave as much character as I can.

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#6 posted 02-04-2007 09:55 PM

this is wonderful !
I have to admit (blushing with embarassment) that in the past when looking at cool furniture or wood products, I was only in awe of the finished pieces or I should say that I only SAW finished pieces. Now, I see the planning, the creating, the skinned knuckles, the sweat, the sawdust, the master at work….

Thank you so much for sharing. I can’t wait to see it alll installed !!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 02-06-2007 06:25 AM

Can’t wait to see the finished product. My plans are usually scribbled on a piece of scrap paper with general dimensions. Your layout shows time wisely spent in preparation.

-- Dennis, Tennessee

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