Pair of Vanities

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Project by griph0n posted 04-11-2010 07:37 PM 2264 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These go with the medicine cabinet. Built for my friends’ log house that they built. They built it by hand, I built this mostly by hand. The quartersawn B.C. fir is leftover from trimming out the house and building window frames.

It’s alot of firsts for me. First face frames, all with mortise and tenons, no more ply and european hinges for me. First dovetailed drawers (by machine sorry to say). First drawers without metal sliders….My gaps need alot of work on the drawers, but it’s my second try at inset doors and the fitting went much better.

Finished with BLO and Wipe On Poly. I tried to pull out the red coloured fir for drawer fronts and panels and used the whiter fir for the face frame, rails and stiles. I should have stopped with the oil, the poly shows all the tiny tearout in the quartersawn like crazy. Started with wicked sharp irons, but waited till the end of the project to spend the afternoon resharpening. Won’t do that again. Don’t really like the poly in general either, but it’s kid tough for the bathroom.

My friends’ six year old daughter stopped by quite a few times to check out the progress. They project took a few months and they were without bathroom sinks the whole time. She played with the saws, the planes, the chisels, the rare earth magnets…. pretty much anything she could lay her hands on, the bright little penny.

Mostly I think she was there to rush me along so she could get her sinks. Her mother overheard her talking to a neighbour describing how they were being built with traditional handtools not machines. She summarized with a sigh saying

”I don’t really like tradition… it’s too slow.”

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 07:42 PM

Very nice work looks great


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#2 posted 04-11-2010 07:44 PM

great work!

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 07:51 PM

Beautiful work.

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#4 posted 04-12-2010 05:20 AM

these are great looking vanities.. well done…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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#5 posted 04-12-2010 08:21 PM

That’s a very clean look. I like the raised panels…

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#6 posted 04-13-2010 05:05 PM

Beautiful cabinet! – I really like working with fir – it has such a traditional look when finished. You used it well to create a wonderful piece of furniture. The owners should be happy to have such craftsmanship in their home, let alone the bathroom.


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#7 posted 04-13-2010 05:11 PM

Very nice pieces.. and wow, those six-year-old critics!


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#8 posted 05-13-2010 02:53 AM

Very well done!! I particularly like the base, it gives the impression that the vanity is floating. Great proportions, beautifully finished. Tradition takes a long time, but evidently it is worth it.

-- A laborer uses his hands. A craftsman uses his hands and his head. An artist uses his hands, his head and his heart.

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#9 posted 06-11-2010 11:37 AM

Great looking cabinet!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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