Carved Sink and mesquite counter

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Project by scott shangraw posted 12-08-2010 01:09 AM 4534 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Haven’t posted anything for a while, because our lives have been consumed with our cabin. We finally moved in and can’t be happier. We did some special features as you can see. Our bathroom and kitchen counters were made from mesquite wood and I carved a cherry sink for the bathroom. I kept the natural slab look on both counters, only removing the bark and lightly sanding it to bring out the sapwood. The bathroom counter has a little burl on one end and we inlaid turquoise into the natural cracks. We used river rock for the backsplash and for our entire shower.It was easy going up, but proved to be a challenge having to wipe each and every rock. But we are very happy with it. I made the mesquite and purple heart mirror a few years back and we kept it for ourselves. It really adds to the bathroom.

The kitchen counter was two bookmatched slabs that span 14ft in length. Great having all the counter space. I used a marine finish on both the counters and the sink to ensure it would stand up to all the water and usage. We still make sure to use hotpads for any hot items and about anything we lay on the counter. Which we hate to cover up, because it’s so beautiful.

We have a lot of artists touches in our cabin, from the iron towel rods and hooks that have a moose and elk head made into them, hand made tiles to put in the kitchen, to paintings, turnings, pottery and more. It’s nice to finally be able to put all these items out, along with our own work and family heirlooms. We still have some work to do, like the window and door trim that I plan to do out of mesquite and our cabinet doors. But had to get to work in the shop and make back the money we had to put into the cabin. Sure beats living in the rv. Especially with a kingsize dog.

for more pictures of this project and other pieces

-- Scott NM,

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 12-08-2010 01:36 AM

Incredible work. I remember when you wrote me to say you bought the property. It’s exciting that you’ve moved in. Wish I could get done what you do in a year’s time.


-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 12-08-2010 02:31 AM

Love the mirror.. Love the bathroom sink- though I can’t imagine trying to maintain it for the long haul of kids and toothpaste… LOL When I replace the backsplash in my kitchen you have solved my problem of how to repair the plaster when I rip it off. I live on the river, and the rocks are free. Nice idea.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#3 posted 12-08-2010 03:15 AM

Wow, this is sure beautiful. You have done a gorgeous job on this!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 12-08-2010 03:29 AM

No sh#t incredible work. Love the sink and countertop

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#5 posted 12-08-2010 04:42 AM

Very beautiful! It has an elegant rustic feel to it.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#6 posted 12-08-2010 04:47 AM

wow…the cats meow scott…now when you say ears perk up…are there any pictures of the cabin to see…..exterior or interior…i didnt see any on your blog page…would love to see what you have done…this is a fantastic sink and counter top…my home is almost all wood…and i love it…great job here…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 12-08-2010 07:57 AM

The wood is beautiful and I love the rustic/modern designs. Beautifully done.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 12-08-2010 12:00 PM

Outstanding as always Scott! Stunning.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#9 posted 12-08-2010 06:58 PM

Really beautiful I like it all and the mirror brings it all together.

-- Paul , Calfornia

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 12-10-2010 02:08 AM

Way too cool, Scott!!!!!! Great stuff!!!! But…..............We expect that from you. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Dan'um Style

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#11 posted 12-12-2010 04:15 AM

Hey Bud
Beautiful bowl and counter top.Are those hand picked polished rocks? Great idea. Looks like a dream home.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#12 posted 09-21-2011 04:40 PM

How did you seal the sink/bowl to waterproof? That is amazing work, btw.

-- A carpenter takes an ugly, knotted, twisted piece of wood and makes something beautiful and pure from it. Jesus is a carpenter, I am a piece of wood.

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scott shangraw

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#13 posted 09-21-2011 06:09 PM

3 coats of Waterlox sealer then 3 coats of Waterlox Marine.No problems still almost a year of use, not even scratches this stuff is VERY tuff.Counter same as the sink.

-- Scott NM,

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#14 posted 05-29-2012 08:29 PM

I am humbled. Incredible work!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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