Master Bath Vanity Cabinet

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Project by Jack Barnhill posted 03-01-2011 10:38 PM 3255 views 9 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that started some time ago in one of my woodworking classes. Glad it’s done and I can move on to other projects.

The face frame, doors and drawer fronts are genuine mahogany. The frame and cabinet were assembled using pocket screws. The doors are booked matched. The drawer fronts are slip matched. Both are frame and panel using stub tenons. I made the trim and cove pieces for the doors and drawer fronts as well.

The doors, drawers and slide-outs all feature Blum’s soft close.

The toe-kick is a separate assembly featuring a swoop and hand carved volutes to match the bedroom furniture. Having the separate toe-kick allowed me to scribe and set the cabinet in place and then slide the toe-kick on and bolt it to the cabinet from underneath.

Altogether, it has an appearance somewhere between a built-in a stand-alone piece.

The finish is General Finishes’ Arm-R-Seal.

MY oldest son’s FIL gave me the granite for the top (it’s a full 3cm and already had the bull-nosed edge). I had to cut it to size and make the sink cut-outs. I had a local granite company make the bull-nosed trim for around the back-splash from some granite remnants that matched the top.

The last picture is from shortly after the remodel began.

The firsts were: face-frame cabinetry, frame and panel construction, hand carving on an actual project, cutting granite

P.S. I did not make the mirrors. I wanted to, but of a different design that would require a lot of hand carving and decided that I did not want to put that much more work into a house that I will probably have to leave anyway (the cabinet was started in better times).

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

13 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 10:52 PM

Looks like it belongs in a magazine.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 10:59 PM

Yeah it has a beautiful finish. Job well done!

-- "Being a perfectionist does not make one perfect..."

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Canadian Woodworks

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#3 posted 03-02-2011 01:57 AM

love that you shared the kinda before shot, you did a very nice job that I would be very proud of.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#4 posted 03-02-2011 04:34 AM


Remarkable transformation; really top-notch craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 03-02-2011 12:58 PM

What a great bathroom. Love the before and after pics!

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

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#6 posted 03-02-2011 07:17 PM

Really great job, Jack.

Very nicely done.


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#7 posted 03-02-2011 07:26 PM

Jack, things that spring to mind are ‘elegant’ and ‘beautifully finished’. Good project, thanks for posting.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 03-03-2011 06:13 AM

Nice vanity.

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#9 posted 03-03-2011 07:05 AM

Very, very nice and very professional looks! Your skill shows well!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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Jack Barnhill

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 08:31 PM

Thanks to everyone for the comments and compliments. There are things, design and construction that I would do differently if I had to do it again but my wife is happy with the results and that’s what counts, a satisfied customer.

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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Steven H

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#11 posted 04-26-2011 05:02 PM

Are you taking classes at Cerritos college? Thats where Im currently taking.

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Jack Barnhill

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#12 posted 04-26-2011 05:31 PM

@Steven H – I did take a few classes at Cerritos a few years ago; Intro to Woodworking, Wood Carving for Furniture and Intro to Faceframe Cabinet Making. It is a great program with good instructors and one heck of a shop.

I started the Adult Ed course on Intro to Wood Turning several weeks ago but my father took ill and I been in Kansas City helping him. I only got to take the first class. It looked lie it was going to be a lot of fun.

Which class(es) are you taking?

-- Best regards, Jack -- I may not be good, but I'm slow --

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Steven H

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#13 posted 04-27-2011 02:24 AM

I am currently taking wood finishing, CNC woodworking (this class solves headaches)
and Intro woodworking LAB

I took the intro already, I just wanted to finish previous and make a custom made tool box.

With the budget cut they wont have summer classes.
But for Fall
I might take finishing again, I dont know yet for other classes, maybe 102

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