Maple Vanity

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Project by rimfire7891 posted 08-11-2010 06:10 AM 2176 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had build a vanity for the son’s bathroom. The first one I built was basically a copy of the original one built in the 40’s. Built a new one out of maple to very much the same dimensions, once we placed ( just the trail fit) it in the bathroom it looked bigger than before. So had to rethink the design and came up with one you see here. It is a partial copy from a promotional picture for this type of sink.The one in their picture was black, I don’t think black works in this bathroom with light brown tile. We also wanted it to be maple to match the other bathrooms even though you will never be able to see the bathrooms all at the same time. Funny that.
The first one didn’t go unused it became a cupboard at the back entrance, couldn’t have fit better than if it had been made for that space, sometimes luck in your side.
Here’s the end result before the finish as applied. Used inset draw faces for a more furniture look. Believe it or not the end panels are book matched, however there is quite a bit of difference in the grain pattern in less than an 1/8 of an inch. This may be unique to maple or other similar woods? Chime in if you have had similar experiences.
Fits the bathroom well and makes a small space seem somewhat larger.
Enjoyed making as well as making the sketches for the details.
Eventually finished with 3 coats of satin poly.

Thanks jb

-- Playing with wood and metal for the last 50 years, driving and building Land Cruisers for the last 40. Experience is what you get when you don't know what you are doing.

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#1 posted 08-11-2010 07:17 AM

does it attach to the wall too? -it is too pretty to put in the bathroom! I have never seen one like that. it is more practical for a smaller bathroom -and you could see or reach the bolts to take the toilet seat off (sorry, a little baggage i’m carryin from the project that took me away from the garage today -frued hand router with a cut off bit took care of that!)

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#2 posted 08-11-2010 10:08 AM

Very cool! Nice looking cabinet you have there. Very different sink like it!

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#3 posted 08-11-2010 05:07 PM

Nice build very nice…........................................................Schloemoe

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#4 posted 08-11-2010 05:09 PM

Nice vanity clean design

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#5 posted 08-11-2010 05:20 PM

Nice!! Really clean and beautiful look.
Thanks for sharing.

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#6 posted 08-11-2010 07:59 PM

Great work

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#7 posted 08-11-2010 11:44 PM

Thanks for the post. I may steal the idea, the wife and I have been wanting to replace the vanities in out bathrooms. I may just use it as a excuse to pull out the tools and build them!!

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#8 posted 08-12-2010 03:53 AM

WOW! That is a great design. I could have used this idea 6-months ago! Very, very, nice. The choice of wood is spectacular.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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