|Project by Todd A. Clippinger||posted 07-09-2008 06:41 AM||4410 views||9 times favorited||42 comments|
This was my first ever cabinet.
This vanity was made for friends of mine that were finishing up some remodeling just in time for the Billings Heritage Home Tour. The key elements to making the vanity look like a piece of furniture were the legs and the unbroken faceframe.
The construction is of Baltic birch for the cabinet boxes and hard maple for the frame, doors, drawer boxes, and drawer faces. The total counter top height is at 36” for greater comfort.
Drawers are dovetailed but I did not get fancy with them. These are actually my first ever dovetails made on a ShopFox dovetail jig. It basically works but I replaced it quickly with an Akeda dovetail jig which is vastly superior.
The cockbead moulding is an applied feature.
The drawer glides are Blum undermounts.
The doors and drawers are all inset. This adds to the level of technical difficulty but makes for a more custom looking cabinet. The faceframe is one piece, unbroken from left to right and I added legs to make my work more distinctive.
The finish is antiqued but not too heavily distressed. I have to admit that the finish appears blotchy in the photos. I don’t know why this is, when viewed in person it looks great.
The stain is Sherwin BAC wiping stain which can be top coated in 30 minutes. The finish is a CAB Acrylic that is rated for resistance against water for such locations as a vanity or kitchen sink base. It is better than a pre-catalyzed lacquer but not as durable as a conversion varnish.
The clients were very happy with the project and this turned out to be the first of many projects for them.
-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com