Old Oak Washstand.

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Project by Roz posted 03-26-2008 06:17 AM 3987 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This washstand came to me from a friend who bought it at auction for $5.00 and later decided he did not want it. It had no top or top frame. The hardware was gone. This washstand is made of oak and has spent many years in a barn from the look of it. So, I striped, repaired, reassembled and refinished it. I made an oak top frame and went to a local high-end counter top manufacturer that handled stone. I ask for, and got, a top cut and shaped from a piece of waste Granite. The finished stone top cost about $50.00. The result is a serviceable antique piece that looks nice but may not be worth much as an antique. (That’s ok, neither am I.) It gets many commits from visitors.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-26-2008 12:00 PM


This is a gorgeous restoration job. I love to see old piece of furniture like this revitalized. You are right about the “value” of the piece as an antique. But I would rather see a piece of furniture transformed into something useful as opposed to storing it because it is showing it age.

Nice job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Brian Wohn

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#2 posted 03-26-2008 02:22 PM

Very nice and you got a great deal for the custom cut granite too!

-- Brian, Pelham, AL

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#3 posted 03-26-2008 03:40 PM

I love this piece!

By the way, that’s the same granite I have in my house, so maybe I’m partial.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 03-26-2008 08:21 PM

That looks very nice. That top really electrifies it.

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Douglas Krueger

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#5 posted 03-27-2008 08:05 AM

Having done a bit of restoration over the years, I commend you on the final product, the ‘before’ and ‘after’ pics tell it all.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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#6 posted 03-27-2008 11:25 AM

Hi Roz

Great job on the washstand! Beautiful craftsmanship as always.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#7 posted 03-27-2008 03:26 PM

Thanks guys.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#8 posted 07-30-2009 04:40 PM

You do great work, And I agree altho I love old things I would rather see it put to use and be admired than to just seal it up and don’t touch it so I can pass on and have everybody fight over it. And nobody really getting any use or enjoyment out of it. I wish you would of took one or two shots of what the inside looked like though. Any chanch of that?

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#9 posted 07-30-2009 11:35 PM

Gary the inside is just unfinished oak. The old washstand probably spent a couple of decades in a barn somewhere in Illinois. I scrubed it with Murphy’s Oil soap and soaked it three times with lemon oil. that was about it. The piece was probably an inexpensive mail order item, a style today refered to as country victorian. Not really special, I just hated to see it go to waist. Now my wife has it full of magazines and I had a local counter top shop put a granite top on it for me.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 02-17-2015 10:34 AM

Wonderfully, he returned and born anew (again). Perfectly.

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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