Here are some pictures of a vanity I built for our master bath a few
years ago. Designed by me with *much* guidance from SWMBO. I.e., she said
what she wanted, and I complied. :-) By the way, she loves them, and all
her girlfriends are jealous. There are numerous important details that
I'd be happy to provide if anyone has an interest.
The following image was taken without the flash, to show off the grain.
In person, the whole surface appears more like the vertically-oriented
parts of this picture than the picture above. It's pretty...
Here are some progress pics:
Chuckle! I'll pass that along. Actually, I (gulp) haven't needed a new
woodworking tool in a long time. She "lets" me have anything I want, just
about -- as long as I stay home and keep doing useful things. Like the
14,000+ lb CNC vertical machining center I snagged a couple weeks ago.
But that's for the metalworking side. <vroom, vroom>.
That vanity looks great Jim, and was along the lines of what I was
thinking. I'd be interested in any of those "numerous important
details" you can think of.
One question I have is how you handled those sliding pantry-style double
drawers on the sides. Does the fact that the slides are only on one
side cause any problems with racking? Other thoughts?
The side double drawers were one of Mary's ideas. The height between the
drawers is sized so the bottom one can accommodate tall narrow containers
like hair spray, alcohol, and whatever else she keeps in there. I used
heavy duty full extension ball bearing slides on those. The slides, in
conjunction with two screws through each drawer into the false front, and
the fact that the small drawers naturally limit the load prevents any
There is an outlet mounted in the back of the middle drawer of the center
bay (in the drawer back itself, not behind the drawer). Her curling iron
and hair dryer plug in there and are stored in the drawer.
The fronts below the sinks are tilt-outs with plastic trays for the
toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other things that tend to be put away wet.
The linen cabinet is a little unconventional. Space was tight at the
bathroom entrance and the linen cabinet is right by the door. The bottom
door of the cabinet admits a laundry basket, and it swings open to the
right so the basket can be taken out of the room without a door juggling
It looks like a drawer, but the front immediately above the basket is a
door that opens down (it has a scissors hinge stop) so laundry can be
dropped conveniently into the basket. Infrequently used items are stored
in a drawer above the tilt-down door. Towels and other large items are
stored on shelves in the top cabinet, whose door swings open to the left,
for easy access from within the bathroom. All in all, it's a very
That's all that comes to mind presently. Of course, there are plenty of
technical details and design choices that can be mulled over, too. The
door and drawer edge treatments selected to avoid the need for pulls, the
height of the vanity set to the lady's preference, the use of leveling
legs, hand-cut dovetails, baltic birch carcasses, material and finish
selected to wear well and complement the chosen travertine and granite,
undermount sinks, waterfall faucets, and so on.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'm sure there's something
glaringly important that I've neglected completely! (G)
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