Basement Bathroom Vanity - Craftsman style

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Project by Jim posted 02-13-2015 03:10 PM 2792 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m just about done with this vanity for my half-bath in the basement. My shop takes up about 3/4 of my basement and I wanted this vanity to be big enough to hold a large sink (22×25x10). The main wood is mahogany, the door and side panels are walnut burl veneer and the top is some very old-growth redwood.

The style is craftsman with a bit of G&G in the drawers.

The story on the redwood is actually pretty cool. I picked up 2 4’ x 8’ x 3” slabs at an open-air live auction in Sacramento some 6 or 7 years ago (paid about $350 for both). They were mostly black with age and weather but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. They are both essentially quarter-sawn and have no core, so the original trees must have been at least 8’ in diameter. I finally decided to cut one down and use it for this project. Once I got it planed down and sanded, I could count the rings. They are really tight (about 25-30 rings/inch). So, given the minimum 48” radius of the tree and 25 rings/inch, the tree was somewhere between 1,200 and 1,500 years old when it was cut down. That realization was a definite “Wow” moment me.

I add another picture once I get the faucet installed.

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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#1 posted 02-13-2015 07:39 PM

Great work and cool story! A one of a kind, nice way to express yourself.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 02-13-2015 07:47 PM

I agree with the humbling feeling you get when you are cutting into a piece of wood that is bordering on 2000 ( Two Thousand ) ... Years old. Makes you have a whole lot more respect for the piece you are making.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 02-14-2015 12:54 PM

Wow! A real show stopper. You definitely gave that beautiful wood an amazing way to keep showing it’s spectacular quality. Well done

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#4 posted 02-15-2015 04:04 PM

Nice wood used. I like those fingerjoints on drawers very much!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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