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Bathroom Vanity Commision #5: Drawers, finish, reveal

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Blog entry by emetric posted 04-05-2014 12:30 AM 1288 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know that the last blog entry alluded to some mention of the drawer construction, but I barely took any pictures so I guess I’ll have to describe it a little. Originally the grain in the drawer fronts were going to run horizontally as drawers usually do. However after looking at what the piece had become, I felt that having the grain run vertically was more aesthetically pleasing. So I glued up two panels for the drawer fronts and proceeded to build the drawers. I used 1/2” ply for the drawer boxes and cut a dado in the sides for a strip of cherry to act as guides for two shallow trays to be used to store small cosmetic items in the upper part of the deep drawers (unfortunately I finished this last after the vanity was delivered and therefore do not have a picture of this feature). The drawers are installed on 16” full extension slides.

With the drawers all completed and installed i did another dry fit to finesse the fit of the drawer fronts before finishing.

You can also see the removeable panel that hides the plumbing. This piece gave me fits, I ended up making it in three pieces with a pin on both sides to allow it to swivel inward and a dado in the bottom for it t o seat in. I have one picture and a video to show how it works (don’t know how to load the video just yet but will update when I figure it out).

So with the interior surfaces pre-finished and the carcass all glued up, it was time to finish the outer surfaces of the carcass. I taped off all the interior surfaces and the bottom shelf and spray the exterior with several coats of lacquer.

After spraying I spent some quality time with wet/dry sandpaper, steel wool, and wax to produce what is undoubtedly the finest finish I have ever applied to date. I wish there was such a thing as “feel ‘o vision” on the web so you all could feel just how soft this piece is to the touch. Well, I guess that completes the build I will post the final pictures in the projects section. Thanks for following along on this build, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed building this piece.

-- "One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it." Master Oogway



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Mean_Dean

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:53 AM

Looks like it came out great! And I concur with your decision to have the grain run vertically—would have looked weird the other way!

-- Dean

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Bigromo

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 02:37 AM

It looks great. Enjoyed reading along and following, thanks for sharing the journey. I am really glad you provided the picture of the clever pin panel holder you rigged up for the panel to hide the plumbing yet keep it accessible. I might have to steal that idea, it seems a great solution.

Your customer hopefully is as happy as they should be! Beautiful unique piece.

-- Bigromo

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thetinman

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 01:04 PM

Very pretty and well thought out piece of furnature – not just a bath vanity. The vertical grain doors on either side of the arch sets the piece off. Nicely done.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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Xyloid_Curt

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 02:41 PM

VERY nicely done all around.
The vertical grain was a good call.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood" www.etsy.com/shop/xyloidcreations

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