My first small vanity project

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Project by Jackietreehorn posted 03-25-2013 03:36 AM 1260 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first (actually only) vanity I’ve ever made. Budget was a concern as always, so I made the doors out of poplar, with a zebrawood veneer. The cabinet was made from birch ply.

I chose poplar in case I screwed up I wouldnt be out a lot of money. I also built the doors a bit funky, I glued the poplar together, used a rabbet bit on the backside and then put my zebrawood piece in. I didn’t want to risk getting black stain on the zebrawood. Come to think of it, how does one build a door where the middle is a different color than the rail&stiles?


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#1 posted 03-25-2013 03:57 AM

I’ve seen store bought cabinets where the panel was inserted into a rabbet on the backside and had turn screws holding it in. I suppose you could prefinish the rails and stiles being careful not to get stain on the areas to be glued and then assemble the doors after they’re dry.

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#2 posted 03-25-2013 11:50 AM

This looks really nice…great job!

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#3 posted 03-25-2013 01:48 PM

Nice looking vanity, I like the contrast in the doors!
I would probably do it the same way you did. Once the stiles and rails are assembled I usually want to sand them over to make it a perfect fit and that wont work if its already pre-finished. I am curious how the pro’s would do it though.


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