Sink Unit - Finished at last!

  • Advertise with us
Project by KnickKnack posted 07-29-2010 03:26 PM 1994 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two years in the thinking. Two months in the design. Two weeks in the making. At last – it’s finished.

One’s view of this piece depends on whether you’re a “Glass half full” or “Glass half empty” kind of person. Me, I’m a “Put it in a smaller glass” sort of person.

Glass half full
I’d intended to use floating tenons, but in the end I went for normal “half-tenons”. The different thicknesses of the wood allowed this, and, given that I don’t have a table saw or router table, the “half” version was at least possible. For my first attempt at this it didn’t come out too badly. The joints are square and tight.
The hinges are done using a “stick in tube” mechanism. This had been plan A, but I’d baulked at the idea when it came down to it – it requires that the tube holes be drilled perfectly square and perfectly aligned top and bottom – and anything including the word “perfect” is usually beyond me. So I went to plan B and bought some “flip out” hinges – alas they were too small and none larger could be found. So, back to plan A. This is “glass half full” so they didn’t come out too badly – the doors work, and I really didn’t want to be seeing hinges.
The blue stain on the plywood doors was the wife’s idea – it sort of matches some of the blue in the rest of the kitchen, and actually looks OK.
Overall I quite like the look of the thing, although I’d really like be be able to start over – a version 2 would be so much better.

Glass half empty
Where to start! lol
The doors are not quite aligned. The doors are not quite large enough giving too much of a gap between them.
Having made the top, I then cut the mortises on the wrong side of it, so the carefully selected “prettiest” wood is against the wall, and the “bad joint” is in the open – you think I’d wanted to have those extra vertical mahogany inserts?

In case you were wondering, the top can’t be attached until the tiles for the back have been purchased – that might take a few years!

Riga Pine, birch ply, varnish.


-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

6 comments so far

View Wolffarmer's profile


407 posts in 3200 days

#1 posted 07-29-2010 03:39 PM

I like it. Sometimes we all have to do with what we have instead of running out and buying another tool or two. But I really do need a new router for my current project. The thing I have now belongs in a compost heap.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

View gagewestern's profile


308 posts in 3312 days

#2 posted 07-29-2010 04:28 PM

i like the blue pannels i was wondering if you need a p-trap for the drains

-- gagewestern

View Div's profile


1653 posts in 2902 days

#3 posted 07-29-2010 08:07 PM

I also like the blue panels, it’s unusual. Don’t worry, all of us feel our second versions will be better!

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

View ohwoodeye's profile


1975 posts in 3115 days

#4 posted 07-30-2010 02:54 PM

Glass half full or glass half empty…......I say the glass is twice as big as it needs to be. Nice job.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

View BTKS's profile


1986 posts in 3426 days

#5 posted 07-30-2010 04:32 PM

Nice looking project, especially with making due with the tools at hand.
I’m a bit reluctant to throw out a concern but hope it’s taken as intended. gagewestern pointed out the P trap. If there is not a trap somewhere between the drain and main line already there really needs to be one. The trap prevents sewer gas from migrating up the lines by blocking it with a plug of water in the dip in the trap. If you are getting any foul odors around the sink that is probably why.
Great woodworking, hope to see more in the near future.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

View KnickKnack's profile


1088 posts in 3528 days

#6 posted 07-30-2010 05:21 PM

Ref: p-traps and the like

This is a very old, traditional, house in the Portuguese Alentejo. The kitchen (and most of the living accommodation) is upstairs (the ground floor was used to provide underfloor heating for upstairs using animals)
The exit pipe you see goes, over about a 8m run, to what might be described as a soakaway (that’s the rose-tinted glasses description – it’s a hole in the ground full of stones). That soakaway is only used for the kitchen. All that said, if there’s a problem, or I decide to redo the plumbing, I’ll be looking out for all kinds of lettered traps.

-- "Do not speak – unless it improves on silence." --- "Following the rules and protecting the regulations is binding oneself without rope."

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics