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.
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