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Rustic Vanity #3: Vanity and Mirrow

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 02-10-2007 01:37 AM 724 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: More Vanity Part 3 of Rustic Vanity series Part 4: Vanity In A Pile »

Hard to get to the shop some days. I got talked into giving someone an estimates for a kitchen. So I spent a good day calling around for prices on material, drawing plans, and racking my brain trying to remember how I did this. It’s been a few years. Do I really want to do this again? I have managed to get the medicine chest roughed out. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll get the doors done and be able to start destressing the alder.

I’ll need to get it out of the shop if I end up doing a kitchen. So time becomes a big deal again. With that I guess money is becoming a big deal again to. I’ve really enjoyed taking some time with this vanity and doing it my way. Much of my house has been built with winter breathing down my back and with the bills screaming on my desk. Every thing is paid I just don’t ever know how much I’ll make month to month or even day to day. So maybe just this one kitchen…



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Karson

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#1 posted 02-10-2007 03:15 AM

Now you are up to 9 read Dennis.

Good luck on the kitchen, Make a bundle.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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frank

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#2 posted 02-10-2007 03:29 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-well I hear what your saying about winter. My bills just never stop and then some….however I was encouraged this evening as I was bringing the wood in.. I happened to notice that the light is hanging around longer, makes me kinda happy, since longer days means longer time to work outside!

Have a good Saturday!!!
GODSPEED,
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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Don

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#3 posted 02-10-2007 03:30 AM

Dennis, this is the classic conundrum of an artist. Do you do what you want to do, or what you must do?

Imagine poor old Buonarroti (better known as Mike, or Michaelangelo) lying on his back for four years painting the Sistine Chapel. I’m sure at some point he must have muttered – ”What am I doing here? My back is killing me! I would much rather be back in my shop working on that statue of Dave.” But then he remembered his wife and kids back home and the candle wax bills – so on he pressed.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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scottb

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#4 posted 02-10-2007 03:44 AM

I’m always (well it seems that way) taking on projects I should enjoy, and end up kicking myself for it, and just seem to want to be done and onto the next thing. Somethings snowball, others I lose interest, or patience in, or perhaps more accurately, I get more excited by whats next than what’s now.

I suppose for me, a balance of jobs I want to do, mixed with an (hopefully) equal share of jobs I have to do would be fine – karmically speaking. – one project for the shop, (or house) for each one for a customer… an hour of play, for each hour worked.

Might not be the ideal, might not even seem possible in this country (if we’re working for ‘the man’) but it seems fair and possible…

I am happy to see that we’re practically half-way through february, and I haven’t had to drag out – or rather, use, the snowblower. just a quick shoveling once. Sure it’s cold and the firewood pile is dwindleing – but the sun is rising earlier, and thoughts turn to the garden, which leads to long days, and “plenty of time” to do what we will (if we can turn off the TV that is :)

oh, and to stay a bit closer to topic…. I am enjoying the process of this project, and being somewhat at home in the kitchen, I’ll enjoy following that along too – if you so choose.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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scottb

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#5 posted 02-10-2007 03:45 AM

oh, and the distressing part should be fun!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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frank

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#6 posted 02-10-2007 03:55 AM

—-yes, I’m really following you as you explain the ‘distressing of wood’ and how you do it!
Frank

-- --frank, NH, http://rusticwoodart.tumblr.com/

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Max

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#7 posted 02-10-2007 04:01 AM

Dennis,

I like the looks of the vanity and mirror you are making, looking forward to seeing the finished product. I hear what you are saying about the money speaking louder than the enjoyment of working on your own things.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Obi

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#8 posted 02-10-2007 04:05 AM

O.K. Mr Butthurt, I want to see bigger pictures. Stand that up and get a front view. Isn’t this the second part of the bathroom?

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Obi

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#9 posted 02-10-2007 04:07 AM

Hey i was runnin through your blogs and saw a picture of a block plane (or at least it looked like one) Give me the rundown on it. I have one that looks like it and cant get the thing to work right. But then again I guess I have eto be smarter than the plane

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 02-10-2007 02:29 PM

Keep plugging away Dennis, you’ll have it your way some day.
I feel sorry for all you out there that have to do what they don’t really want to do. If I want to go out in my shop, I go out in my shop, but I don’t have to if I don’t feel like it, but I keep the heat on all the time though, for when I get the urge.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Mark A. DeCou

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#11 posted 02-10-2007 05:09 PM

54 reads now. Don’t lose heart, I think it is just rubber necking tendencies that make us look at the controversial stuff first. I read Don’s note, as I scanned it first and saw my name, so I had to read it. Maybe you could add my name to each of your blogs. Just kidding. I read all of your blogs, and enjoy the information, pivotal questions you pose, progressing work, historical view point and things you are pondering.

Keep it up,
Mark

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Mark A. DeCou

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#12 posted 02-10-2007 05:10 PM

Oh, yea, if you really want “reads” put something about “CompuCarver” in a blog once in a while!!!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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dennis mitchell

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#13 posted 02-11-2007 12:00 AM

Thanks everyone!

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