Walnut Vanity

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Project by skeeter posted 1567 days ago 2065 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I couldn’t find a vanity we liked in the box stores (where we usually get all of our house stuff)so I decided to make this walnut vanity to match the pretty glass tile we used for our shower surround. All air dried VA walnut found on craigslist. I had alot of sapwood on the aprons so I used Transtint dark walnut to match and then used dark walnut danish oil to sand to fill the pores. I then used Helmsman spar semi gloss varnish(which I like alot). I used haunched mortise and tenons for the apron to leg joint. On the shelf it took some brainwork to figure out how to make it able to move seasonally. I came up with a breadboard configuration and only glued the center of the “panel” so it could move front to back. One picture shows the walnut curb I made to cover the tiles. I have never seen a wood curb before and I thought it would look swell. My wife’s uncle, who is a GC, told me there is probally a reason why you don’t see them. I’ll let you guys know how it holds up. Thanks Dan

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#1 posted 1567 days ago

Great Job. Looks very good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 1567 days ago

I really like the look of a vanity done as a cabinet, nice job

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 1567 days ago

Your choice of words that the wooden curb looks “swell” probably couldn’t be any funnier! ;)

That is a nice little vanity you built yourself and you also did a great job disguising the sapwood. Did you anchor it to the wall studs through the back of the apron?

What did you seal the curb with, the spar varnish? I also hope you put a lot of silicone caulk at the ends so that it hopefully doesn’t swell too much. Guess you can always pull it out and put tile there if you start having issues.

I agree that the walnut compliments the tile nicely.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 1567 days ago

wonderful a classic look

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 1567 days ago

Lines complement the tile wonderfully.

-- Norman

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#6 posted 1566 days ago

That’s a really nice solution. I made one similar for a friend a few years ago. If the wood curb is completely encapsulated with epoxy or some other durable sealant, it should be OK for quite a while.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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