Pine Bathroom Vanity and built-in shelves - very few power tools

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Project by mtkate posted 06-11-2009 07:03 PM 7814 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the bathroom vanity I made about 4 years ago. First real project after my beginner classes. I was very sick of looking at the one that came with the house. At the time, I had a table saw and a plunge router…. and hand tools. Quite a challenge. I had the lumber source joint and plane the wood for me, but I did a lot of block planing to try to get all the pieces to be the same width. There was also a lot of sanding involved but it’s pine so it went easily enough. I don’t think I could ever recreate the jig I made on the workbench to router the edges of the doors/drawers… it was quite “creative”. I tried dovetail joints for the drawers – hand done so let’s just say there is a bit of variability in the results. But everything holds. The top drawer sticks a bit and I could fix it but it does not bother me too much. I was also in a mahogany stain craze and I used it on this, the shelf I made in beginner classes (a previous post) and the built-in open shelving I posted here. All pine (it’s the most economical thing up here) and all varnished with several layers of boat varnish.

I had a beginner’s design problem to solve. I thought the sink I was going to get would be different – ie it would cover the whole top just like my previous one. I could not find anything like it anymore! So, we decided to buy a smaller sink, tile around it to match the shower tiles, and I had to build up another layer of wood to create a lip and a backboard. Glue really works wonders! There are no nails or staplers at all in the vanity. I was considering it to be practice.

Lessons learned: Get the key pieces of hardware first because by the time you finish your project… it could be out of stock!!!

It’s a small bathroom. Don’t pay attention to the unfinished floor edges on the side. I have a to-do after moving a door this year to give the bathroom a bit more space…

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#1 posted 06-11-2009 07:57 PM

Very nice.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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#2 posted 06-11-2009 10:59 PM

Great job. I love the tile top on it. There is nothing like getting out in the shop and working to learn the lessons that are the most important to learn. Well, except for the safety lessons, it is best not to learn them by experience.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 11:55 PM

I can’t take credit for the tiling job (though I do take credit for the selection of those tiles). We have a separation of duties. I do wood, he does masonry :)

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#4 posted 06-12-2009 03:12 AM

Lookin’ good from here :-)) The top joints on the drawer look like box joints. Are they dovetails?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 12:22 PM

You are correct. They are really failed dovetails…. If you really look at the bottom ones you will see the attempt, but not very well done. When I did the second set they just did not work out at all and I ended up squaring things off. I didn’t want to call them box joints, as it was not my intent but for beginner hand-made box joints they came out ok :)

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#6 posted 06-13-2009 08:52 PM

We all have to start some where. At least you were able to make a nice save. One time an aproentice was apologizing for not knowing something. I told him everytime you see a master, you can be sure he made a lot of mistakes along the way to get there:-) That’s how yoiu learn.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 08-04-2009 12:41 AM

You have some very nice pieces, and thanks for agreeing with me one my windows.

-- Janice

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#8 posted 10-18-2009 09:19 PM

Nice looking vanity, the dovetails looks ok.

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#9 posted 10-19-2009 05:46 AM

good vanity should serve you well.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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