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04-24-2013 07:44 PM

Hello all,
I’m in the design stage of a bathroom vanity. I’m planning on having a column of drawers on both sides then 2 doors in the middle
Any recommendations of using 5/8” or 3/4” for the case?
It will be about 60” wide and 22” deep and 30” high.

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#1 posted 04-24-2013 08:31 PM

I’d say 3/4.

Before you cut anything though, choose your top/sink and even your drawer hardware. It will help you a lot so you can plan around the sink dimensions/plumbing. You’ll also know where to set supports for your drawer sliders (PITA to add them after the fact).

Standard vanity top depths are 22” and you want a lip so you might have to drop to 21” on the box.

As always, just IMHO.

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Dave G

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#2 posted 04-24-2013 09:36 PM

If you find something you really like in 5/8 it will be strong enough for those dimensions. If you’re butting two separate carcasses (i.e. modular) then 1/2 will work at the joint and will be hidden by the face frames. They’re screwed together and get really strong.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#3 posted 04-24-2013 11:43 PM

I am doing it for my parents (I’m 19). But I will look into which sink and top they are thinking.
Also, for the base. I am planning on having a kick plate, but debating if i should create a whole extra base to put the cabinets on, or extend the sides of the cabinet past the bottom shelf so the bottom shelf is off the floor, making enough room for a kick.

Confusing, yeah sorry about that

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Jim Reeves

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#4 posted 11-27-2013 06:59 AM

I really like your vanity, very nice work, l am making a 54’’ wide vanity which like yours will sit between 2 walls.
I need 4 drawers 2 on each side and the 2 doors, do you have drawings for yours mine will be very simular.
I am trying to figure out how wide and deep to make drawers, and the 2 center doors and height tom put slides on side panels and inside partitions as well as if making with pocket hole joints are ok for a vanity, making for a friend if goes well want to make 2 for my house can you help me with the above?
Thanks Jim, Ontario, Canada

-- jim

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#5 posted 11-27-2013 07:26 AM

Also think about height. If no kids you can go higher as bending over gets harder as you get older.

The biggest thing is tops and choosing your material. I would look at prefab sizes and box store stock. A custom sized top with easily be a $1000. I have built vanities and sometimes it is cheaper to buy them but then what is the fun in that.

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#6 posted 11-27-2013 01:11 PM

I went with a 3/4” case myen was 48”x 20” deep and 32” high and my top was made from mailamein.

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#7 posted 11-28-2013 02:03 AM

Hi Jim,
I will have to look around for my sketches/drawings. I have them somewhere, but not sure where.
As for the drawers, when i first started sketching for my vanity, I chose the sizes of the drawer fronts and doors I wanted, and first laid out the drawing that way. I believe each bank of drawers (the drawer fronts) ended up being 15” wide. I then determined what the inside measurement would be in those cases in order for the drawer fronts to work. My inside was 13.5” since I used 3/4” plywood. The width of the drawers is dependent on the drawer slides you choose, I chose the Blum soft close. The depth will also depend on what the length of your drawer slides are. The total depth of my vanity was 21” (including the face frame attached) I chose 18” drawer slides so my drawers were 18” deep.
I will message you any of the sketches if I find any.
Let me know if any more questions, or if you want me to explain anything in greater detail,
Chris (Also Ontario, Canada)

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