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Double Black Walnut Vanity

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Project by Gaffneylumber posted 10-21-2016 05:19 PM 1234 views 6 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We bought our house three years ago and it has never made sense to me why our master 6-foot bathroom vanity had one center sink. We looked around at vanities in the big box stores and they were wanting over $1k for particle board crap. I therefore decided to take on the challenge. The top is made from a few beautiful boards of black walnut I found at a local lumberyard. I finished by brushing on 5 coats of waterlox semi-gloss. I would spray poly next time if I did it again, I’m not very pleased with how easy it scratches (even after 3 months). I made the face frame, drawer fronts, and doors from maple. I used 3/4’’ cascade maple plywood on the sides and petitions. I sprayed the bottom with a cream colored lacquer and finished it with two coats of clear on top. The most complicated part of the build was cutting a hole in the wall and rerouting the plumbing to each side. I wanted to resize the mirror and make a decorative frame, but since the builder liquid nailed it to the wall, I will not be doing that. Overall the project was a success and the wife is happy. We have so much more storage than before even with two sinks. I credit this to the drawers that we didn’t have before. So long for now!

-- Grayson - South Carolina





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01ntrain

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#1 posted 10-21-2016 05:34 PM

Love the top. Great job!

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observer100

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#2 posted 10-21-2016 05:44 PM

Very nice project!

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pottz

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 06:34 PM

i love seeing a nice wood counter top,a lot of people are afraid of using wood that it wont hold up but with a good finish it should not be a problem.you did a great job on this one,just gorgeous.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Pointer

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#4 posted 10-21-2016 09:36 PM

Lots more storage and a lot more counter space. This looks very nice.

-- Joe - - Why do those who enforce the law, rarely obey the law?

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 01:37 AM

Very nice countertop! You in Gaffney, SC? I’m just down the road in Spartanburg.

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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Gaffneylumber

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 04:00 AM

Thanks guys I really appreciate it! Joe, we actually live in Spartanburg too although I grew up in Gaffney. What a small world it is.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 08:19 AM

Great work, colours and design. Bravo for Daily top 3. There will be no rush in the morning.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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jonww

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 12:48 PM

Impressive work Gaffney Lumber! Love the Walnut.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jon in Canada. Favorite coffee mug reads: "I never repeat gossip...so listen carefully"

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kocgolf

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 01:41 PM

I’m saving this to show my wife. I have been trying to convince her we should do a wood top for a year now. Excellent work!

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#10 posted 10-22-2016 02:04 PM

looks great

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SuperCubber

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#11 posted 10-22-2016 02:19 PM



Thanks guys I really appreciate it! Joe, we actually live in Spartanburg too although I grew up in Gaffney. What a small world it is.

- Gaffneylumber

Ha, whaddya know!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#12 posted 10-22-2016 02:58 PM

Way better looking than anything I have ever seen out there! Nothing looks better than beautiful wood!
Your workmanship and style is Awesome!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#13 posted 10-26-2016 02:11 AM

What did you finish it with. Its very nice.

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realcowtown_eric

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#14 posted 10-26-2016 04:01 AM

looks good….for now.

Better be careful that that endgrand remains well sealed what with the undermough sinks.

why? supplied a laminated wood top to a client with the admonition to the installer that it had to be totally sealed to prevent moisture infiltration into endgrain around the sink. Within a year I got a call back for warranty work.

So watch for that buddyAMaintain it well and perpetually.

Rtiv

-- Real_cowtown_eric

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Gaffneylumber

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#15 posted 10-26-2016 07:34 PM

Agallant, I finished the top with 5 brushed on coats of waterlox and the cabinet with Valspar modern white lacquer. Two coats of white and two coats of clear.

-- Grayson - South Carolina

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