Ceramic Vanity Table

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Project by shopmania posted 07-21-2011 12:22 AM 1579 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this was a custom order from my daughter. She wanted it so many inches tall, with this many drawers exactly this tall, etc. She said she puts her hot curling iron down on her vanity and worries about burn marks. I said why not put a couple ceramic tiles down so you don’t have to worry bout the hot iron? She says why not make the whole top out of ceramic tile? So I did! I had to lay out the entire pattern on a table so I could get an exact measurement on it, so I could make the top the exact size it needed to e to hold the tile with a border around it, and that was a little time consuming. She said make it all black, but i couldn’t help jazzing it up a bit with a pattern. You have to be careful when grouting no to get any around the edges as well.

It its built out of 3/4 birch ply with a red oak face frame, legs and border for the top. I used Kreg screws. I tapered the legs from 2×2 stock down to 3/4×3/4 on the jointer, after seeing a video on popular woodworking on how to do it. It was really slick and easy, just 2 passes per side, with the jointer set at 3/8 inch cut. The taper gauge on the table saw makes me a little nervous, and I this was safer, better and easier, and left a nicer finish on the tapered leg. I offset the tapered legs inside the apron 1/ inch. Used a red Mahogany analine dye for color, and finished with several coats of lacquer. I stained and lacquered the edges of the top before I put the tile on, so I could be sue not to leave a gap with no stain. I also cut a hole in the back of the cabinet so she could pass cords through for the hair dryer and curling iron. Got a $7 jig from HD for drilling the hardware holes on the drawer fronts. Slick! Best $7 tool ever. She’ll pick it up this weekend. Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, [email protected] Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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Tim Kindrick

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#1 posted 07-21-2011 12:31 AM

I love the color. I’ve never used red mahagony stain on Red Oak before but I will now!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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#2 posted 07-21-2011 02:56 AM

thats something new…i like it…you don’t see many tables with drawers on em lol cool shiza

-- M.K.

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Rick Dennington

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#3 posted 07-21-2011 04:46 PM

Beautiful table, Tim. I know your daughter will really appreciate the hard work you put into it for her. I built a manicure table almost identical to yours a couple of years ago for my wife’s beauty shop. I laminated the top with a light blue laminate, to keep water and nail polish, etc. from getting into the Oak. I mounted 4 drawers in hers with BB slides, aslo, and put casters on it (later) so they could move it around. The table was my own design, and when it was done, my wife wanted one exactly like it (minus the laminate) to match the other tables I built for her sewing center I built…...WOW….does it ever end on the honey-dos… here’s a pixs of the one I built. Very close in looks and wood..

You can’t see the laminate on the top, but it’s there….

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#4 posted 07-23-2011 05:55 AM

Nice vanity table.

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