Bathroom Vanity Commision #5: Drawers, finish, reveal

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Blog entry by Darryl Jones posted 04-05-2014 12:30 AM 2933 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I know that the last blog entry alluded to some mention of the drawer construction, but I barely took any pictures so I guess I’ll have to describe it a little. Originally the grain in the drawer fronts were going to run horizontally as drawers usually do. However after looking at what the piece had become, I felt that having the grain run vertically was more aesthetically pleasing. So I glued up two panels for the drawer fronts and proceeded to build the drawers. I used 1/2” ply for the drawer boxes and cut a dado in the sides for a strip of cherry to act as guides for two shallow trays to be used to store small cosmetic items in the upper part of the deep drawers (unfortunately I finished this last after the vanity was delivered and therefore do not have a picture of this feature). The drawers are installed on 16” full extension slides.

With the drawers all completed and installed i did another dry fit to finesse the fit of the drawer fronts before finishing.

You can also see the removeable panel that hides the plumbing. This piece gave me fits, I ended up making it in three pieces with a pin on both sides to allow it to swivel inward and a dado in the bottom for it t o seat in. I have one picture and a video to show how it works (don’t know how to load the video just yet but will update when I figure it out).

So with the interior surfaces pre-finished and the carcass all glued up, it was time to finish the outer surfaces of the carcass. I taped off all the interior surfaces and the bottom shelf and spray the exterior with several coats of lacquer.

After spraying I spent some quality time with wet/dry sandpaper, steel wool, and wax to produce what is undoubtedly the finest finish I have ever applied to date. I wish there was such a thing as “feel ‘o vision” on the web so you all could feel just how soft this piece is to the touch. Well, I guess that completes the build I will post the final pictures in the projects section. Thanks for following along on this build, I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed building this piece.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:53 AM

Looks like it came out great! And I concur with your decision to have the grain run vertically—would have looked weird the other way!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 02:37 AM

It looks great. Enjoyed reading along and following, thanks for sharing the journey. I am really glad you provided the picture of the clever pin panel holder you rigged up for the panel to hide the plumbing yet keep it accessible. I might have to steal that idea, it seems a great solution.

Your customer hopefully is as happy as they should be! Beautiful unique piece.

-- Bigromo

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#3 posted 04-05-2014 01:04 PM

Very pretty and well thought out piece of furnature – not just a bath vanity. The vertical grain doors on either side of the arch sets the piece off. Nicely done.

-- Life is what happens to you while you are planning better things -Mark Twain

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#4 posted 04-18-2014 02:41 PM

VERY nicely done all around.
The vertical grain was a good call.

-- Xyloid Curt "Exposing the hidden beauty in wood"

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#5 posted 08-08-2018 09:51 PM

I’ve ready every word of this build from the first steps until the end. Absolutely beautiful!
I realize now that you used plywood for the sides and backing. That makes sense. I have access to such a limited variety of plywoods in my area that finding Cherry ply would cost a fortune, so I’ve considered milling and gluing up from some board stock.

Even in the pictures the finish looks like it would be incredibly soft to the touch. Great job! I’ll be spending my next few evenings going through everything you’ve ever posted here. :)

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Darryl Jones

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#6 posted 08-31-2018 02:05 PM


I am so excited that you found this useful! I would love to see what you come up with! If you are on social media, you can see much more of my work on Instagram and YouTube under “Dread Knot Woodshop”, If you have any questions, you can message me on Instagram for a more immediate response.

Thank you for the kind words!

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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