Waterfall edge Vanity

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Project by Veto posted 11-21-2017 12:23 PM 2298 views 16 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are some photos of a recenty completed vanity I was commissioned to build. This piece is not my usual style of furniture but it was still fun to build. As simple as it looks, it was fairly complicated to build. I started with a large walnut slab that I planed down, ripped down the center, flipped inside out, and glued back together to make a kind of sap wood racing stripe. The waterfall edge is joined together by a hand cut full blind dovetail joint (pictured above). I haven’t made this kind of joint before, but I took my time with it and was able to get a perfect gap free miter across the entire 17” width. Even though it looks like a miter joint it has the strength of a dovetail joint. The ash leg was joined to the top with fox wedged tenons (I included a photo of a sample joint I cut of the fox wedged tenon, ripped in half to reveal how the joint works) These tenons give me the strength of wedged tenons without having to see the tenon on the top of the piece. The drawer surrounds are attached to the main carcass with sliding dovetail joints and are joined with regular dovetails at the corners. I carried the grain pattern of the main slab all the way around the drawer surrounds so that the sap wood stripe kind of cascades down around the drawers and back into the side. The drawers themselves are ash and walnut and are joined by half blind dovetails in the front and regular dovetails in the back. The drawer pulls are ebony wrapped in 1/8” walnut strips. All the dovetails were cut by hand. Thanks for looking! -Paul

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#1 posted 11-21-2017 12:37 PM

That is a very sophisticated piece with some wonderful joinery. The fox wedged tenons are something I haven’t seen before but I think I understand how they work. I also like the combination of the dovetails and the mitered edge for the waterfall side. Gorgeous work. It is always nice to see this kind of work and advanced techniques. I learned something new today and the sun hasn’t even come up yet.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 11-21-2017 12:41 PM

Looks so simple and then you really look at it, impresssive! I don’t think I was even aware of a full blind, dovetail, miter joint. Very nice job.

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 01:56 PM

Nice looking piece with great joinery. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 03:45 PM

Veto, you did a very nice job on this desk. It displays a lot of fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 04:33 PM

The attention to detail makes this a very special piece. Nice!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 05:51 PM

Pretty cool design amd joinery.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 09:17 PM

Very nice design and choice of woods. The mitered dovetail joint must have been very difficult to achieve so perfectly, amazing you got it so well executed on your first attempt at this. Very well done and true craftsmanship! A living example that with patience and care one can obtain great results.
Thanks for sharing!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#9 posted 11-21-2017 10:38 PM

Fantastic piece.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#10 posted 11-21-2017 11:15 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind words!

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#11 posted 11-22-2017 02:21 AM

ditto to all said,this is a beautiful vanity,your craftsmanship is top notch.excellent build my friend.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#12 posted 11-22-2017 05:59 AM

Awesome. Simply (but not simply in the details) awesome.

I love mitered fully blind dovetails. It’s one of the hardest case joints to do right but the end goal is to ensure they are not visibly at all. Very fascinating!

-- Part time woodworker, hoping to make it full time

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#13 posted 11-23-2017 04:25 PM


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

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#14 posted 11-28-2017 01:48 AM

Exceptional work, Paul. I love the joinery on this piece.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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