Mahogany Bow Front Vanity

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Project by cabinetmaster posted 03-14-2009 09:39 PM 6124 views 13 times favorited 51 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a cabinet I just completed at work. It is a handicap vanity for a customer.
It is the first cabinet that I have made curved doors for. It is a bow front vanity made of Mahogany. The end panels and doors have veneered insets that are short grain elm and crotch mahogany. Another supplier sent the veneered panels to us. The posts, base and molding are from Pearlworks. Our finishing department did the finish.

I want to thank Les Hastings for his excellent blog on curved doors. Without it I would have been lost as to where to start building these doors. This cabinet was a real challenge and I would appreciate any critiques, good or bad.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#1 posted 03-14-2009 09:52 PM

Beautiful. Looks right out of victorian England. Is that gold leaf on the posts and edging?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 03-14-2009 10:03 PM

Thanks Daniel. Actually the veneer came from England. The gold is a gold paint with a lacquer finish.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 03-14-2009 10:23 PM

Wow , a beautiful piece of furniture , most excellent work.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#4 posted 03-14-2009 10:49 PM

This is a magnificent piece. It came out great. Dan’s right- it looks like it could be a Victorian antique.

-- Don't tell her I'm in the shop!

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#5 posted 03-14-2009 11:08 PM

Hi Jerry;

Beautiful job on this project.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 03-14-2009 11:11 PM

Wow, the burled veneers are incredible. Honestly, I wasn’t aware that anyone was doing this sort of work these days.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#7 posted 03-14-2009 11:13 PM


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#8 posted 03-14-2009 11:33 PM

Well, it’s kinda plain….....NOT!

Fantastic piece of woodworking, Jerry. Amazing!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#9 posted 03-14-2009 11:33 PM

What an awesome job Jerry, it came out really really nice. Keep up the great work buddy!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#10 posted 03-14-2009 11:38 PM

I agree with CharlieM… maybe next time you could do something a little more fancy. ;) That’s a great piece of work.

-- tim hill

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#11 posted 03-14-2009 11:44 PM

A great start. Now where are you going from here.

I assume the lack of a base in the cabinet is so the wheelchair can get in real close.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#12 posted 03-15-2009 12:49 AM

Beautiful, thanks for the show. Hot out of the shop, incredible work, great design.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

#13 posted 03-15-2009 01:48 AM

Excellent work, marvelous veneer and very well balanced design and conception.
As a furniture, this work deserves to be exposed in a museum.
By the way, do you also turn/carve the lateral columns?
In Brazil we can’t find that kind of things not even the beautiful golden ornaments you’ve used on it.
Congratulations and thank you for sharing this magnificent piece of art with us.


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#14 posted 03-15-2009 02:11 AM

Unbelievable craftsmanship very well done. Ditto on the museum. Thanks for sharing

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#15 posted 03-15-2009 02:31 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Makes me feel good that everyone likes it. Like I said before it was a challenge.

Marco, the turnings come from California and are actually cast from a poly of some sort. The poly will take stain as well as paint. These are what the designer specified.

Karson, you are right. Open the doors and wheel the wheelchair up to the sink.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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