|Project by shopmania||posted 07-21-2011 12:22 AM||1057 views||0 times favorited||4 comments|
Well this was a custom order from my daughter. She wanted it so many inches tall, with this many drawers exactly this tall, etc. She said she puts her hot curling iron down on her vanity and worries about burn marks. I said why not put a couple ceramic tiles down so you don’t have to worry bout the hot iron? She says why not make the whole top out of ceramic tile? So I did! I had to lay out the entire pattern on a table so I could get an exact measurement on it, so I could make the top the exact size it needed to e to hold the tile with a border around it, and that was a little time consuming. She said make it all black, but i couldn’t help jazzing it up a bit with a pattern. You have to be careful when grouting no to get any around the edges as well.
It its built out of 3/4 birch ply with a red oak face frame, legs and border for the top. I used Kreg screws. I tapered the legs from 2×2 stock down to 3/4×3/4 on the jointer, after seeing a video on popular woodworking on how to do it. It was really slick and easy, just 2 passes per side, with the jointer set at 3/8 inch cut. The taper gauge on the table saw makes me a little nervous, and I this was safer, better and easier, and left a nicer finish on the tapered leg. I offset the tapered legs inside the apron 1/ inch. Used a red Mahogany analine dye for color, and finished with several coats of lacquer. I stained and lacquered the edges of the top before I put the tile on, so I could be sue not to leave a gap with no stain. I also cut a hole in the back of the cabinet so she could pass cords through for the hair dryer and curling iron. Got a $7 jig from HD for drilling the hardware holes on the drawer fronts. Slick! Best $7 tool ever. She’ll pick it up this weekend. Thanks for looking.
-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, DrTim@ONeillChiro.com- Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)