Craftsman Dry Sink

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Project by DocT posted 01-17-2011 05:56 PM 2276 views 14 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally reached my bedtime-story breaking point. I couldn’t look at the makeshift fish tank stand any longer.

When our oldest daughter got a 30-gallon fish tank for her birthday (2 ½ years ago), we scrambled to set it up, fill it with water, and plop in a few fish. A quick trip to the local pet store left me disillusioned, “There is no way that I’m going to spend a couple hundred dollars on a particle board stand to hold the new tank! I’ll build her something nice. So, for now, let’s just put it on this old singer sewing machine cabinet.” Well, like I said, that was over two years ago.

I decided to build sort of a dry sink. I feel like it gives the most options in the future. When the fish tank is retired, the piece can easily find a home as a nightstand, a sideboard or a side table. It could even be mounted to the wall; cut a hole in the top, drop in a sink, and you’ve got a nice little vanity. I like the simple craftsman lines, long thin corbels, and softly curved toe-kick.

I built it from some scrap quartersawn white oak and QSWO plywood. The pewter-finish hardware was also left over from another project. The stand is 32” tall x 31” wide x 17” deep. The finish is spar-urethane


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#1 posted 01-17-2011 06:02 PM

Very nice build!

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#2 posted 01-17-2011 06:17 PM

For being scrap wood, it looks fantastic. I love the bookmatched panels.

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#3 posted 01-17-2011 07:30 PM

I like that great! job.

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#4 posted 01-17-2011 08:02 PM

BEAUTIFUL !!! Right down to the hardware : )
This went directly into my favorites ! Did you design the cabinet ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#5 posted 01-17-2011 11:48 PM

Beautiful cabinet. Excellent craftsmanship. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 01-18-2011 04:08 AM


You certainly turned that scrap into a beautiful piece of furniture. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#7 posted 01-18-2011 07:07 AM

Finish looks great, stock selection excellent, proportions are spot on. Great piece!

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#8 posted 01-18-2011 05:10 PM

Thanks everybody!

Dusty56- Yes, I designed the cabinet. Thanks for the kind comments.


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