Rustic Vanity #5: Half Baked Vanity

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Blog entry by dennis mitchell posted 02-15-2007 10:38 PM 1453 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yesterday was spent spraying finish. I applied a coat of conversion varnish. Then I glazed the alder with a brown glaze. I’ve never tried the glaze with conversion varnish, but was pretty happy they seem to work together. I never know…nothing is as much fun as finishing an entertainment center and having it go all milky after sitting for ten minutes! The fumes are nasty so I enjoyed getting out of the shop to paint my carvings. My wife wasn’t home so I got to use the kitchen table. Late in the afternoon I got the last coat of finish on.

I started the final assembly today. Playing with hardware and trying to remember how everything goes back together. I had one log upside down so my scribes were all off. Took awhile to figure that one out. I ordered the mirror. Hopefully I can pick it up tomorrow.

The last few bits of willow I used green and the twigs shrunk about 1/16 in diameter leaving little gaps. This time I’m baking them so they will shrink before I put them on. Yes my wife is gone again. I hope to get them out of her stove before she gets back.

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Ethan Sincox

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#1 posted 02-15-2007 11:31 PM

Ha ha Dennis… that is TOTALLY not what I’d envisioned with your blog title of “Half Baked Vanity”.

I thought it was going to be some entry about how vain you were on such-and-such occasion when you really shoulnd’t have been.

The stove picture really threw me off when I still had that thought in my head.

-- Ethan,

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#2 posted 02-16-2007 02:12 AM

Hi Dennis;
—-great story here, better yet….great vanity!

Ha! I can totally relate to your working in the shop and then also grabbing some space in the kitchen, especially when the wife’s not around. My wife sometimes travels on business trips, anywhere from a weekend, week or two weeks and when she’s gone in the winter time, the house can become a work area also. More heat in the house then in the barn and so the story goes….one should see me moving to get all back in order before she comes home.


-- --frank, NH,

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#3 posted 02-16-2007 04:02 AM

I’ve been know to do a glue up or two (or most of them in fact) on the dining room table. (Wether my wife’s home or not) It’s just about the only flat surface in my house!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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Mark A. DeCou

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#4 posted 02-17-2007 06:20 AM

Great story and title. Using the photos is nice, makes it seem like we are there, almost.

Back in the day when I was young, I would listen to my parents argue over my dad trying to bring his projects into the kitchen table during the winter when it was cold in his shop. He built me a work bench for my bedroom (still use it), and then he gave me a bunch of tools (still use them also). Then I started doing my crafts in the bedroom, which brought out arguments between me and mom. I remember my dad standing between us trying to get her to let me create, make a mess, and learn without interference with the mess I was making. I didn’t realize the impact of his protection for me for many years. I remember him saying once, “we’ll change the carpet when he goes to college.” And about 10 years later, they did do that.

How is the house coming, haven’t heard much about that for a few weeks?

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 02-18-2007 04:02 AM

Thanks Mark. Not much on the house except this vanity. Been trying to get my shop clear so I could do this kitchen, no word yet. I’ll have to start digging for work soon If I don’t get it.

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