Custom Walnut Top Vanity

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Project by mgustafson posted 06-23-2010 04:56 PM 2725 views 13 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Custom Walnut Vanity:
This commissioned piece features full extension drawers in a painted exterior grade MDO case with inset walnut shelf that can be removed for access to plumbing. The top is 1 1/4” Black Walnut that is coated with Epifanes Marine Spar Varnish and was hand rubbed to a high gloss.


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#1 posted 06-23-2010 05:01 PM

Beautiful work, and epifane is a great finish, too many spare the quality finish because it cost a few extra dollars, I’ve never understood that. You did a great job here.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 06-23-2010 05:12 PM

This was my first time using Epifanes, my only suggestion is to allow at least 3 weeks before you rub it out to the desired sheen. It also cures very slowly… I know that sells an accelerator that speeds the drying process and I assume that you can also use a standard Japan Dryer also. It is a great product and the cost is really not a factor, especially since you thin it so much… a little goes a long way. We will see how it holds up for this client’s piece.


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#3 posted 06-23-2010 05:13 PM

Beautiful and so well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 06-23-2010 05:33 PM

Very clean apperance. Awesome finish and nicely done!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#5 posted 06-23-2010 06:27 PM

what were your steps to getting to MDO to look like this? is it the same process for MDF??

P.S. great job on the vanity. I love the walnut top!! awesome

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 06-23-2010 07:44 PM

Very nice! Boy that baby shines.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 06-23-2010 10:17 PM

That is some finish you got there!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#8 posted 06-23-2010 11:38 PM

I think you forgot to telll us about the piece of glass on top! ;)

That is one fine finish you have there. I really like the overall combination and appearance of the entire vanity. Painting the cabinet really seems to have made the walnut stand out. Not that it wouldn’t have stood out anyway with a finish like that!

Very nice!

-- 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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#9 posted 06-24-2010 06:04 AM

Awesome job.

-- Happy woodworking!

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