Brother's Vanity Top

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-09-2017 05:44 AM 1529 views 2 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch


It’s been a long while. Life happens but it’s hard to stay away.

I visited with my brother, Wesley, just after Christmas last year. He has been remodeling his home. It looks great. As he was talking about his bathroom vanity top, I started thinking. To make a long story short, He really liked the idea of a wooden top so he set about convincing Lesa. Well, Lesa decided Wesley and I might not be insane so I got to work at the end of February.

It occurred to me that my brother is about to hit the half century mark. In all that time, I have never done a single thing for him. All my sisters have a piece of furniture I upholstered in their homes. Some of them have my woodwork. But Wesley, Nothing! It made me kind of sad to think that.

He drove into Dallas yesterday, picked up the Countertop and wisked it away back to Houston. I dare say he was ready for it, The “installed” picture came from both of them today.

I’ve got to tell you that they kicked that sadness right out of me. They absolutely love it.

The Counter?
As usual, I hunted through my scraps but I also pulled out a few of my treasures.
We have some:
Curly Maple
Quarter Sawn Oak
Peruvian Walnut
Purple Heart
Leopard Wood
Canary Wood

The glue up was done with Titebond 3.
The finish is Minwax – Satin Helmsman Spar Urethane . Three coats on the bottom, Seven coats on the top and sides. Yes 7. I kept screwing it up and getting streaks and thick buildup. The last two coats were the charm.

The Turquoise was planned in one spot and a fortunate accident in the other. I failed to inspect a piece of wood and when I shaved it down to thickness, there it was. I mixed the epoxy (JB Weld) with sanding dust and thought I had ruined it. Careful sanding revealed a much different story.

The countertop rests on a piece of 3/4 plywood.

I had an old can of the spar urethane so I put three coats on the plywood. You probably notice 2 rows of stainless screws. The back row is screwed in through normal screw holes. The front row is screwed in with stainless washers into a slotted hole. The theory is any expansion or contraction will allow the front screws to move within the slots and adjust back and forth.

So…. Thanks Len and Gary for the great tips!

Thank you all for taking a peek.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-09-2017 05:56 AM



The way you selected & oriented the wood sets it off! AWESOME!!

If I had attempted something like that, I KNOW those Holes for the plumbing would NOT have been RIGHT ON!
How did you coordinate the hole measurements?

You did a GREAT job on it!!

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 04-09-2017 06:03 AM

This looks so awesome! So many different woods. I like those retro/industrial sinks.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 04-09-2017 06:36 AM

Howdy Joe. Wesley and I were one the phone hashing out the hole locations for a while. The Sink hole is 1 3/4 inches while the faucet rests in a 1 1/4 inch hole. Wesley gave me the exact location for the sinks. He gave me the sink diameter and the size of the faucet body. He also asked that the faucet rest dead center on a line from the sink center to the corner. It took a little math but that part wasn’t terrible.

I cut a visible angle on one of the faucets. OOOPS! I grabbed the router and a flush cut bit. I started routing on the side of the hole where the bottom was outside the top ring. As I circled the router around the hole it trimmed out the wood that was inside the top ring. That was, he was able to go straight down but he had to get the sinks and hardware well seated because there was a smidgeon of play.

I don’t know if I answered your question or not. I’ll just saw I was really nervous about those dang holes. ;)


Thank you sir. Good to see you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#4 posted 04-09-2017 10:58 AM



-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 04-09-2017 12:01 PM

Beautiful job on that top, Mark!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 04-09-2017 12:17 PM

Very beautiful!

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#7 posted 04-09-2017 02:32 PM

I’ve missed a lot of your art. I’m so glad you’re going strong. I need to do some catchup.

Bob an Mik,
Thank you for the compliments.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#8 posted 04-09-2017 05:04 PM

Wow! Great counter top. The bit of inlay is a great accent to the colors of the wood. Much more unique than any piece of stone or manufactured countertop.. Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#9 posted 04-09-2017 06:34 PM

great job

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#10 posted 04-09-2017 08:12 PM

This is a beautiful vanity and the top is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#11 posted 04-10-2017 02:50 AM


But what about a family heirloom for them? Does this mean that each successive generation will need to inherit the house? You need to get busy on that special heirloom so they can pass it down and not have to take the sink with it!

Just giving you a hard time. ;-) That really is a great looking vanity top and even when there is a next homeowner, they should love it, too! Nearly everything we do here is for the next homeowner and won’t get passed down to anyone.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#12 posted 04-10-2017 04:27 AM

L/W, good point. I keep thinking about my home. We are not leaving. But him? I don’t know. I did give him a chess board I made a few years back. Not much of an heirloom unless I made the pieces as well.

I’ll keep the advice in mind. Heirlooms are portable.

Thank you vey much and great to see you.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#13 posted 04-10-2017 08:33 PM

Very nice, Mark.
With the hardware and sink selection, your butcher block vision is spot on. Anything less would have been rather ho-hum. I think you ‘nailed it’ again.

Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#14 posted 06-09-2017 12:28 AM

Great looking top Mark! Didn’t have to plane off the plywood on this one….lol.
It’s been forever since I’ve been on LJ’s. Glad I was able to see this project.

-- Gary; Marysville, MI...Involve your children in your projects as much as possible, the return is priceless.

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#15 posted 06-09-2017 01:09 AM

Great looking top Mark! Didn t have to plane off the plywood on this one….lol.
It s been forever since I ve been on LJ s. Glad I was able to see this project.

- GaryL

Good to see you around Gary!

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