Art Deco vanity

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Project by Alan posted 04-15-2008 09:12 PM 2479 views 5 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vanity was a commission. It’s walnut burl veneer, walnut, and holly inserts. The mirror swivels. The mirror support was made from thin strips glued around a form. The 2 drawers on the lower right are actually 1 drawer with a slot so they would look balanced on both sides. The burl figure is spectacular and really makes the piece. The finish is wipe on oil/poly blend. You can’t really use lacquer on a vanity because some cosmetics have alcohol bases and the alcohol will dissolve lacquer. See more at

-- Alan Carter,

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 09:31 PM

I love this piece, beautiful.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 09:53 PM

That is some beautiful figure in that burl. Not my style either, but that’s a nicely done piece of furniture.

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 10:22 PM

That’s a great looking vanity! The veneer is outstanding.

-- 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 04-15-2008 10:30 PM

What an awesome piece! I really liked your wine cabinet and the Bubinga bowfront hall table as well. Keep up the good work.

-- Chuck Bender, 360 WoodWorking, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 10:41 PM

Hi Alan,

The vanity is simply beautiful and the veneer is, as you say, spectacular. Nice choice of topcoat as well.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 02:05 AM

Speechless – that’s beautiful!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 03:53 AM

This is simply unbelievable! both the form and the veneer layup on this are perfect!

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 04:33 AM

Very impressive work, and veneer.

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 06:24 AM

Wow, wow, wow….. wow again! Thank you so much for sharing!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 09:37 AM

Fan-damn-tastic! Lovely work. Even though the missus hates it, Deco is one of my favs. Oh well, at least she has good taste in husbands. HA!

Keep up the good work, Alan.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 02:36 PM

YOW. That is very nice. You got skills. Thanks for showing.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 02:54 PM

really nice work.. congrats

-- making sawdust....

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 03:34 PM

Whoa!! again just excellent work

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#14 posted 04-17-2008 04:58 AM

very nice work

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#15 posted 04-17-2008 07:28 AM

This is a great looking vanity. I really like this one. Wow, what a great job. Someday I hope to build things like this. Very nice, wow!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Davesfunwoodworking

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