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Project by Calmudgeon posted 05-15-2021 09:05 PM 601 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Moral of this story: every once in a while the right client comes along.

Over the past few years, I’ve worked my way through a couple hundred board feet of walnut on various projects, but I’ve always been reluctant to include sapwood unless I’ve explicitly got the go ahead from the client. That meant setting aside all the boards that were heavily figured with sapwood. Over time, that became quite a collection.

When I was going back and forth about wood species choice for this project, the client showed my a vanity they liked that had fairly wild colour fluctuation. That’s when I pitched the idea for this vanity.

The concept was to take what some might view as a bug and turn it into a feature, to turn a distraction into an attraction, by using the sapwood to create a strong horizontal element. That presented a couple construction challenges.

First, the lower two drawers and the doors are cut out of a single solid panel – all one massive glue-up. The potential for screw-ups was high. The top drawer and the dummy panel came from single board.

Second, the huge amount of cross-grain in the doors made them prone to warping. I combatted this by attaching vertical battens to the back and scrounging some old 16mm stainless pipe I had lying around from a previous railing job. By extending lengths of pipe across the top, between the battens, I created serendipitous towel racks. (Sorry for the lack of pictures of that; I just grabbed a couple shots of this job when I returned to the client’s for another quote.)

In the end, I didn’t have quite as much sapwood material as I thought, so to stretch it out, I created the end panel by resawing boards to create veneer, which I applied to a substrate of 1/2” baltic birch.

The hardware was chosen deliberately to play into the horizontal emphasis of the piece.

In the end the client was more than happy with the result.

As always, questions and constructive criticism welcome.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang





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#1 posted 05-16-2021 12:14 AM

your my man, i always incorporate sap wood in anything i build for myself.you did a beautiful job on this one.i know you didn’t do the top,i think it kinda cheapens your vanity.love it.

-- 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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#2 posted 05-16-2021 12:46 AM

Nice work getting the sapwood in there in a way that is not too jarring. Very subtle transitions, I am sure they were no accident.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#3 posted 05-16-2021 01:42 AM

Very nice indeed!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 05-16-2021 01:47 AM



your my man, i always incorporate sap wood in anything i build for myself.you did a beautiful job on this one.i know you didn t do the top,i think it kinda cheapens your vanity.love it.

- pottz


Thanks.
Yeah, I was a little surprised to return and see that laminate top. shrug.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#5 posted 05-16-2021 02:14 AM

I like the look of sapwood so I find this really appealing. Great job on making it all flow nicely with out feeling overly planned. The handles fit well with the overall design. What finish did you use?

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Calmudgeon

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#6 posted 05-16-2021 02:33 AM



. What finish did you use?

- BB1


Just a coat of sanding sealer and two coats of satin pre-cat lacquer. All sprayed.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Calmudgeon

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#7 posted 05-16-2021 02:14 PM



Nice work getting the sapwood in there in a way that is not too jarring. Very subtle transitions, I am sure they were no accident.

- swirt


Before I did the large glue-up, I laid out the boards on my workbench, took a picture and ran the configuration past the client. We both agreed to eliminate one board that was almost entirely sapwood. It had a that peculiar yellow-green tinge that some sapwood has, and overall, it was just too much.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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#8 posted 05-18-2021 01:57 AM

That’s gorgeous! I’m a fan of “no sapwood”, but this came out well.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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