Kyra's Vanity

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Project by greg48 posted 05-29-2014 06:08 PM 1722 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s done, a vanity table/chair for my grand daughter. It started sometime ago with her and I looking at examples on Pintrest®, settling on a basic design, and incorporating features found on other examples. She wanted it finished in white or pink, we settled on white with pink highlights (knobs & seat covering)

The cabinet construction is frame and panel using soft maple and 1/2” baltic birch plywood and joined with mortise and tenon joinery. The cabinet drawers are constructed with birch ply joined with half-blind dovetails (machined), and lipped maple drawer fronts with pink glass rose knobs. Similarly, the doors were constructed of maple and 1/4” birch ply using m/t joinery and accented with the same pink knobs. In addition, the doors and drawers were accented with wood moldings (not hand carved) from YiaYia’s (grandma’s) favorite craft store to make the vanity more “girlish”. The center table/drawer is dropped 2” below the side cabinets and sports a small knee shelf and an inset six outlet power strip for “appliances”.

The mirror assembly was one of the additional features and was constructed of similar materials and joinery. The center mirror rotates on a horizontal axis and the outside wing mirrors rotate on the vertical axis. In order to break up the square lines of the piece, I incorporated reverse arcs on the top of the mirrors and echoed the lines in the door rails and moldings on the cabinets and mirror frames. The mirror assembly is screwed to the rear cabinet frames for ease of transportation.

The stool is also an additional feature, again using m/t joinery of maple for the legs and aprons with an additional low chair back for appearances. The insert cushion was padded with 2” high density foam, 1/8” batting, and covered with light weight outdoor upholstery (with a great deal of help from YiaYia).

I had originally thought that a makeup vanity was a bit “grown-up” for an 8 year old, but this was the first project that she had ever asked of me, and I would not turn her down. I built it to serve through her high-school years and I pray it does that. Speaking of prayers, I copied a poem that was given to me on the inside of a cabinet door, that she might reflect on over time.

Thank you for look’in in, and as someone always says, all criticism and comments are welcome.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 11:19 PM

Greg you did a wonderful job on building the vanity for your Granddaughter and I’m sure she will love it.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 05-30-2014 08:55 AM

Good job.

-- Alexander , Greece,

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 12:53 PM

This is phenomenal Greg! Your Grndaughter will love you to pieces. Very nicely done.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 03:04 PM


Simply wow.

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

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#5 posted 05-30-2014 03:07 PM

You did a wonderful job on this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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