bathroom washstand

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Project by cloakie1 posted 06-01-2011 10:32 AM 1644 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is a traditional style washstand from the victorian/edwardian era.our home is a 1934 bungalow which we are restoring in smypathy with the era. so it calls for some funiture to be made. the bow front doors my wife found in a secondhand shop and said that i could build something for them so the idea of the washstand was born.they are a bit taller than ideal but we are tall people so who cares,but on reflection i could have shortened them.the carcase is made from recylced rimu that were wall studs from the house…the side panels and drawer fronts were old architraves from original back door.the top is from an old bridge beam that i have been dragging around for years wondering what to do with it.i don’t know what the timber is there.the doors turned out to be nz kauri of unknown age but it has blended ok due to some previous staining that i couldn’t sand out.finding the brass taps were a nightmare,but ended up with kitchen embosed ceramic tiles completed the lathe was not up to the job of turning the legs ,so it was off to dads workshop in the south island for that part. the bathroom also sports a rimu toilet seat…again with left over from the washstand.the leadlight window also required a new sash and frame.everything in this renovation required things to be built form the inside out depending on what was at hand or purchased first.the overall effect causes everybody that has seen it to just say ‘wow… job done!!!

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#1 posted 06-01-2011 10:40 AM

Very nice, great work.

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

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#2 posted 06-01-2011 11:50 AM

This is dreamy….. I love it.

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#3 posted 06-01-2011 05:53 PM

Looks very nice,you did a great job. I was going to use a desk I picked up for ten dollars but when i refinnished it, it was too nice to cut the top for a sink. All maghongy. Again nice work.


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#4 posted 06-02-2011 02:56 AM

very nice !!!

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#5 posted 06-02-2011 07:26 PM

Beautiful! Good work!

-- Just A Girl

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