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Forum topic by RayD posted 03-04-2013 08:51 PM 1509 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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03-04-2013 08:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bathroom vanity vanity

Here goes nothing,
I’m going to start my first “real” project in the next few weeks. Just wanted to run some of my ideas past the pros to see if i’m heading in the right direction!

Full disclosure, i only have big box stores in my area to get supply’s, i’m going to paint it white and most likely throw a granite top on it, and I’ve got 2 kids (3 & 1) that plan on beating the crap out of it!

So, since i’m painting it i was thinking 3/4” MDF would be the best to use for the carcass. Would it also be wise to use it for the frame and doors/drawers? If no on MDF for the frame, 1” x 2” hardwood?

Am i OK using 1 part water 3 parts glue to edge the MDF sides (if need be)?

I’m thinking 1/2” plywood for drawer bottoms, and maple or birch for drawer boxes. Good choices?

Its going to be 48”W x 33”H x 21”d. I’m hoping to put 2 rows of drawers (on each end) with a 2 door cabinet in the middle. Is there a certain size ratio the cabinets should be to the drawers, or is it just preference?

18ga or 23ga nailer to attach the frame to the carcass?

I’m sure i got a few more, but this is a good start. I guess I’m a little further out then i thought!

Thanks for taking the time to help a rookie out!

-- -Ray

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#1 posted 03-04-2013 08:56 PM

MDF and water are a horrible combination. You could use ply or hardwood, hardwood for the face frame.

-- Don

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#2 posted 03-04-2013 08:59 PM

For paint grade work, poplar is fantastic and cheap.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 03-04-2013 09:37 PM

So i can do poplar for the face, Think birch will be ok for the body?

Is the 1×2 stock ok to construct the poplar face?

-- -Ray

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Clint Searl

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#4 posted 03-04-2013 10:26 PM

Here’s a vanity I made about fifteen years ago. The casework is 3/4 ply; the drawer boxes are 1/2” Baltic birch; and the door and drawer faces are 3/4” MDF painted with oil based Alkyd enamel. The door swings on European hinges. This design avoids any issues of face frames, and offers a cleaner appearance, IMO.

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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#5 posted 03-05-2013 01:32 AM

I agree with Clint for doing a Euro style cabinet instead of a face frame. Not only does it give it a nice clean look, but makes mounting hinges and drawer slides easier.

I’d make the casework with 3/4” plywood with 1/4” back. You can either edge band your edges of the plywood or do a solid wood edge.

I would probably make the doors and drawer fronts with MDF. (If they are primed and painted properly water will not be a problem).

Drawer boxes, probably baltic birch, unless you want to use solid wood, then birch or maple is good. I’d use 1/4” plywood for drawer bottoms

-- John @

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