Walnut Vanity

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Project by skeeter posted 05-18-2010 10:54 PM 2819 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I couldn’t find a vanity we liked in the box stores (where we usually get all of our house stuff)so I decided to make this walnut vanity to match the pretty glass tile we used for our shower surround. All air dried VA walnut found on craigslist. I had alot of sapwood on the aprons so I used Transtint dark walnut to match and then used dark walnut danish oil to sand to fill the pores. I then used Helmsman spar semi gloss varnish(which I like alot). I used haunched mortise and tenons for the apron to leg joint. On the shelf it took some brainwork to figure out how to make it able to move seasonally. I came up with a breadboard configuration and only glued the center of the “panel” so it could move front to back. One picture shows the walnut curb I made to cover the tiles. I have never seen a wood curb before and I thought it would look swell. My wife’s uncle, who is a GC, told me there is probally a reason why you don’t see them. I’ll let you guys know how it holds up. Thanks Dan

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 10:58 PM

Great Job. Looks very good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 11:45 PM

I really like the look of a vanity done as a cabinet, nice job

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 05-19-2010 12:06 AM

Your choice of words that the wooden curb looks “swell” probably couldn’t be any funnier! ;)

That is a nice little vanity you built yourself and you also did a great job disguising the sapwood. Did you anchor it to the wall studs through the back of the apron?

What did you seal the curb with, the spar varnish? I also hope you put a lot of silicone caulk at the ends so that it hopefully doesn’t swell too much. Guess you can always pull it out and put tile there if you start having issues.

I agree that the walnut compliments the tile nicely.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 05-19-2010 02:58 AM

wonderful a classic look

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#5 posted 05-19-2010 07:30 AM

Lines complement the tile wonderfully.

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#6 posted 05-19-2010 05:01 PM

That’s a really nice solution. I made one similar for a friend a few years ago. If the wood curb is completely encapsulated with epoxy or some other durable sealant, it should be OK for quite a while.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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