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Project by JoeinGa posted 02-03-2015 08:38 PM 1780 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Edit note… You might as well sit down and get a cup of coffee. This project took me almost 2 hours to type up mostly because I had to re-size and re-orientate all the pictures. So it’s gonna be longer than I intended.
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This house was built in 1956. The sink in the main bath is dated December 1955. You can see what we had as far as a 60 year old vanity. My biggest complaint was that the toilet sits so close to the vanity that unless you are a VERY thin person, when you sit down your left arm was pressing against the vanity! (MY arm was up on top of it!)
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Someone had given me some very nice maple and oak and last year I decided I would build a new bath vanity with it. When I tore out the old vanity, I had to be careful in getting it out. At some point in time the bathroom had been “updated” but they didn’t change the vanity. They simply tiled in around it. So I had to “dig” it out from the 2” base of mortar, concrete and tile it was encased in.
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I built the new vanity 6” narrower than the old so I had to come up with a way to fill in the sides on the wall and floor. Matching and installing 60 year old tiles was out of the question. The main objective was to gain space between the toilet and cabinet, but I couldn’t simply slide the new one over, because the door already hits the countertop on that side. So I finally decided to use some of the maple and make filler panels.
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Once I had the filler panels fitted and installed I put 4 coats of spray lacquer over the 2 coats of Danish oil previously applied. The experience of having painted more than a few cars in my time came in handy when it was time to mask off for the spray lacquer.
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Now the cabinet build. I knew it had to be 6” narrower than the old cabinet, but I’ve never been good at following a set of plans. I always start off with one piece then just measure each of the subsequent pieces to fit. So I started off mocking up the cabinet.
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Once I could see what it was gonna look like, the cutting and gluing up was started. I knew I was going to put a drawer in it, but wasn’t till I saw how the cabinet would look like that I decided to put the drawer as a full width bottom drawer, rather than a 1/2 width drawer at the top.
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Adding corner braces to the back.
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Fitting and gluing up the face frame
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Three coats of Danish oil took almost 3 days to allow drying time for each coat. Isn’t that figuring beautiful?
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Added cleats to be able to mount the counter top
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The top is some 4/4 oak that is just under 11” wide. So I glued up 2 pieces for the top
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After sanding and cutting the hole for the sink I applied 3 coats of Danish oil..
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The floor of the cabinet is a pine panel someone gave me whose father had glued up almost 40 years ago. He had started building a sewing cabinet for her mom and never finished it. Has some nice lines to it and it’s just over an inch think. I stood on it and it didn’t give at all.
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Here’s a little “sneak peek” just to keep your interest up in reading this long post :-)
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The grain figure on these doors is absolutely beautiful!
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. Here’s the top after 2 coats of brush-on polyurethane, and finally I put on 3 coats of spray on lacquer. I’ll bet I could sink this countertop in a pond for a year and it would come out with no rot on it!
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The sink I’m using is one I had bought back in 2005 when I built my garage in Tennessee. I never did get around to running a water line up there, so I figured I’d use it here. It’s actually a bar sink. To make it not sound so “tinny” I wrapped about 4 layers of that aluminum HVAC tape around it.
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I knew all along that hooking up the plumbing was gonna be a real challenge. When they originally installed the old sink, they actually forced the plumbing to fit. When I disconnected the “p-trap” it was almost an inch out from lining up. Luckily I found a flexible downspout the right size so I could line up the pieces and SOMEHOW, it doesn’t leak! (YEAH, ME )
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So (finally!) here’s a few shots of the finished project.
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I actually have enough maple that I could have made the top from it, but several months ago I made a shelf from oak to hang on the wall, and this way the countertop matches the shelf.
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That stained glass window? When we first moved here, Bonnie wanted to hang curtains in both bathrooms so no one might ever be inclined to “peek in”. We found this film at Lowes or HD. They had a bunch of choices in various colors and patterns and I had enough film to do the bottom half of both bathroom windows. The top half is too high for anyone to see in.
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Well, that’s it. I appreciate those of you that stayed for the whole show. I took almost 200 pictures during this project and it was a challenge to only use these 33.
And as usual, all comments, complaints, and critiques are welcomed

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-03-2015 08:49 PM

Great job. Thanks for showing the journey.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-03-2015 08:59 PM

Wow Joe….that’s pretty cool. Massive upgrade over the old one. Way to go buddy!!

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#3 posted 02-03-2015 09:07 PM

looks real nice joe
and having some room ‘at work’
will be a good feature

like the drawer at the bottom too
more practical space
than those silly toy ones the usually have at the top
or worse just s face front

looks like you are making the place into a home
well done

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#4 posted 02-03-2015 09:37 PM

That’s lovely work Joe! The grain of the wood is pretty and you did a lovely job with the replacement vanity. I love the top! We have just moved into an old house of approximately the same age and the main floor bathroom (used to be master, but is now the kids bathroom) looks to be original. It’s built for very short people. My son is over 6’2” already and the sink is almost knee level on him (ok, not THAT low, but it’s what it feels like to him he hates it and he’s a laid back kid usually.) The mirror is so low that he’s pretty much staring at the light fixture over the top of it. The toilet is near the shower wall and I don’t think that we can do much to move it over, but we ‘get’ the tight squeeze issue. We definitely want to upgrade this bathroom! I am so impressed with the work you’ve done here, and thank you for showing the plumbing work too. I have heard that most PVC is ‘plug and play’ easy, but I am assuming that what we have will be the original copper (or whatever) that came with the house.

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#5 posted 02-03-2015 10:24 PM

First off, let me say that I would appreciate it if you took a few more pictures so we could follow what’s going on.

With that said, the only thing that comes to mine is you did a great job. Especially dealing with all the negatives of trying to fit things in a space that wasn’t made for luxury. Nice job with the bottom drawer idea too. And that is some cool grain on the doors.
How about a matching toilet seat? LOL.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 02-03-2015 11:46 PM

Joe, that was a very interesting project and fun read. You did a great job. I specialize in bath remodels and know what a challenge it is trying to work a vanity cabinet to existing tile. Cabinet looks great. The only thing I would have done different is to recessed the bottom drawer into a toe kick.

-- J.C.Sellers, Norcross, Ga. Just cut it right the first time. The best carpenters make the fewest chips.

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#7 posted 02-04-2015 06:56 AM

turned out great. I really like the front pieces.

-- father son woodworks

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#8 posted 02-04-2015 01:33 PM

Thanks for all the nice words folks.
It was frustrating at times, like trying to figure out how to fill in the spaces on the sides, and it’s hard to see, but on the right side (which unfortunately faces the door) the bottom of the cabinet is almost 1/2” away from the wall.

The countertop is flush That’s because as many of you know, these 60 year old house are NOT exactly what we’d call “square” :-) Also the house has settled in the center and that’s the worst (lowest) spot in the house. When we moved here the bathroom door wouldn’t close all the way because of how far the floor has sunk. I had to cut the bottom of the door off so we could close the door. One of these days I’m gonna have to figure out a way to get under the house and jack it back up.

The caulk I used for the filler panels is almost a match to the maple wood, and I’m trying to decide if I really want to fill a 1/2” gap with caulk.

I need to get a few pix of the inside of the doors, the grain there is really nice. None of these pix do that grain justice.

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#9 posted 02-25-2015 12:57 AM

Very nice. You did a very nice job. I love the oak top and the shelf too

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#10 posted 02-25-2015 12:54 PM

Thanks ssw

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