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Project by Brian Gulotta posted 02-21-2017 01:11 AM 471 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first completed furniture project. It is a shaker style vanity I made for my daughter for Valentine’s day. It was a great project for me to practice a lot of hand tool woodworking techniques for the first time. Mortise and tenons, half blind dovetails, drawer making, leg and top tapering to name a few. The table base was made entirely from construction grade 2 by material I hand planed to size. The drawer and top were made from oak I salvaged from an old desk.





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woodcox

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#1 posted 02-21-2017 04:09 AM

Nice work Brian, I like the contrast there. What did you finish it with?

I made one like yours a few months ago with a box jointed drawer. I am going to try half blind dovetails on the next one. Yours look great!

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#2 posted 02-21-2017 06:19 AM

Lucky girl! Been awhile since I attempted some 1/2 blinds enough problems with basic D.T.s

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 01:42 PM

Thanks Guys. She loves it for sure. At least she can play with her pretend makeup for now ;) The finish on the oak pieces (top and drawer front) is white milk paint with some poly to keep it somewhat 5 year old proof. The base is finished with lemon zest minwax stain. I like how it lets the pine grain shine through. I found the half blinds were not as bad as I thought they would be. I did overshoot on my pairing at the ends a little so there are some little gaps at the front. But the sides of the tails are nice and tight. I figured just like regular dovetails they will just get better with practice.

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 04:54 PM

looks good

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#5 posted 02-21-2017 06:42 PM

This is a nice clean table and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 02-21-2017 06:53 PM

Thanks guys for all the kind words.

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#7 posted 02-21-2017 11:03 PM

Good job, Brian! This must be the month for Hepplewhite stands …

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#8 posted 02-22-2017 01:59 AM

Thanks Ron. I just checked yours out looks awesome.

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#9 posted 02-22-2017 10:52 AM



Thanks Ron. I just checked yours out looks awesome.

- Brian Gulotta

Thanks, Brian.

-- Ron in Lilburn, Georgia.  Knowing how to use a tool is more important than the tool in and of itself.

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#10 posted 02-23-2017 08:14 AM

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#11 posted 02-23-2017 09:11 PM

Thanks Rick!

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