Bathroom Vanity with Drawers in Toe Kick

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Project by Phildo92027 posted 03-29-2008 09:47 PM 16743 views 14 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this vanity for a client that wanted to maximize the usuable space below the box. The toe kick was built like a separate drawer bank and the main vanity was mounted on top. The vanity also features Rev-A-Shelf tip-out hardward, Blum Metabox drawer hardware, and KV Full extension +1” guide in the toe kick section. The finish is a commercially applied pickled white over Ash.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#1 posted 03-29-2008 09:57 PM

That is a great build. I like those hidden drawers.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#2 posted 03-29-2008 11:27 PM

Hi Phil,

This is a nice vanity. I like the toekick drawers. I have been meaning to do this with a cabinet in which I store my mortising machine, I purposefully left off the toe kick with the intention of putting a drawer in there for manuals and such, but simply haven’t gotten around to it.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 01:44 AM

That’s great. What a use of space!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 03:43 PM

Sweet, the drawers in the toe kick are a great idea, i’ll have to remember that trick.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh

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#5 posted 03-30-2008 06:11 PM

Nice. No wasted space.

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 10:00 PM

That’s a great idea. How do you open the left drawer though ?

-- Nick, Fremont, CA.

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#7 posted 04-01-2008 12:46 AM

If you look closely rhe right drawer has a finger pull on the right edge of the front. The left one has the same pull on the left side. Ther is room for you fingers between the DF and the wall.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 04-02-2008 02:52 AM

Great idea! I am doing my bath over right now and I think i will use that!


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#9 posted 04-06-2008 03:06 PM

Hi Phil,

Did you use Sommerfeld’s system for that cabinet? Just curious. I bought a set of his router bits and plan to start on kitchen cabinets soon.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#10 posted 04-06-2008 03:23 PM

Looks good. I love hidden drawers

-- making sawdust....

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#11 posted 04-06-2008 05:05 PM

Hi Flink,, I did not use Sommerfeld’s system. The carcass is assembled with dado joints at the bottom shelf. pocket screws are uses to create hidden fasteners (Kreg Jig) with glue. The Faceframe is assembled with pocket screws and attached to the carcass with them also. Biscuits were used in strategic locations to aid in alignment (bottom shelf to faceframe joint = flush fit). Vertical partitions were added in the drawer section to flush out the sides to aid drawer guide installation (I dislike and won’t use the sockets for the backs of the guides.) The drawers in the main part of the vanity are 3/4 extension Blum Metabox. The toe-kick drawers are 5/8” prefinished solid birch with KV-8405 full extension + 1” guides. Ash plywood was used for the carcass and solid ash for the frame and trim. Drawer fronts and Doors were supplied by Decore-ative Specialties.

I’ve viewed the video on Sommerfeld’s system. Looks interesting. Each method has it’s own set of idiosyncrasies. It’s best to pick one system and stick with it. As you gain experience you’ll know how to modify the methodology or try something new altogether.

Best of luck and happy sawdust on your kitchen project. Enjoy the journey; you only get to make them once.

-- Phil, Near San Diego, CA

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 09:31 PM

Hi Phil,

Cool. I was wondering about it. It was the corner blocks that caught my eye. I’ve got the bits and I’m going to start building a couple of cabinets for my workshop (Hi, I’m flink and I am a messoholic) so I can make room to do other wood stuff :-)

I’ll post my build as a project.

-- Made lots of sawdust and pounded some nails. Haven't finished anything, though.

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#13 posted 05-20-2008 05:17 AM

Very nice Vanity.

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#14 posted 04-28-2009 07:05 PM

great idea, and good use of (otherwise) wasted space.

thanks for the post!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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