First Cabinet Vanity Oak

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Project by Eddy posted 03-15-2009 06:33 AM 2969 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first bathroom I renovated I used a home depot vanity and top. I decided to build my own vanity for the master en-suite. This is my first glimpse into the fine woodworking world, except I cheated by using pocket hole screws for everything including doors.

-- Edward

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 06:46 AM

Pocket screws are not cheating for this project, they are used in the cabinet industry quite a bit.

The design is great as well as the craftsmanship. I think you did a great job.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 03-15-2009 07:44 AM

I reckon pocket screws are cheating, but they sure are simple to use. ( I sneak them in where people can,t see them!) Very nice vanity, suits the room real well.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 03-15-2009 08:54 AM

Great cabinet with an interesting panel design. I agree that screws are not cheating on cabinet work. It will last a long long time but I don’t classify them as “heirlooms”.
I would like to suggest one subtle design improvement you might consider next time. The right stile on the end panel could have been made thinner by the thickness of the face frame. That way both sides of the end panel would appear to be the same width. A harder way to achieve the same thing is to miter the face frame and the end panel together so the joint doesn’t show.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#4 posted 03-15-2009 08:58 AM

Cheating or not but looks very well made.

Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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#5 posted 03-15-2009 09:38 AM

10 buks says this will not be your last foray into woodworking, it is very addictive

-- mwm! Before you criticise walk a mile in their shoes, and when you do criticise you will be a mile away and have their shoes!

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#6 posted 03-15-2009 12:39 PM

I love this cabinet. If this is your first project I look forward to your next one. Great job on all the drawer and door reveals. Did you use drawer slides? Plywood or solid wood panels? Whats the finish?

Thanks for sharing

-- Brain the size of a planet and they have me parking cars.

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#7 posted 03-15-2009 01:05 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!
Very good looking! I like the detail on the doors and the end.
The detail is not over done like some pieces I see.
Great work.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 03-15-2009 01:10 PM

Nice job. I recently did my first cabinet. It was a very rewarding experience. It was raised panel but not all the drawer/doors you’ve got. I’ll bet you’re pretty impressed with how it came out too! You should be.

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

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Les Hastings

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#9 posted 03-15-2009 01:18 PM

Great looking vanity Eddy! Well done!

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

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Todd Thomas

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#10 posted 03-15-2009 02:30 PM

great looking vanity….love the design kinda mission/a&c style….I need to make 2 of these for my own home….but have never done cabinets/vanity’s…...doors and drawers oh my….very well done you should be proud of yourself good job

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#11 posted 03-15-2009 02:49 PM

cheating? i don’t think so. i agree with with Todd. there are so many ways to achieve a result, the choice is yours. i don’t think the rule book states you must use dovetails here or mortise and tenon there , etc. – i think? the vanity is flat out nice….......

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#12 posted 03-15-2009 03:24 PM

Great job.

Don’t fall into the trap of being a joinery snob. It’s all about being sturdy and looking good. In the old days, craftsmen used dovetails because they didn’t have the tools and glues we have today. They made them quick and dirty, then covered them up with molding.

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

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Gene Howe

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#13 posted 03-15-2009 04:28 PM

Well done! Fine workmanship. Very good looking piece. You didn’t cheat, you made it to last.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#14 posted 03-15-2009 05:01 PM

nice design , good job

-- wood crafting & classes

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#15 posted 03-15-2009 05:24 PM

i like this vanity

-- china

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