Bathroom vanity

This is another project that has taken years to complete. Like most of my projects, they are in my head and on my to-do list for a long time before I even start them. I finally started it this past summer and completed it around Thanksgiving. We finished the bathroom remodel and installation about the end of December, but I didn’t take photos until recently.

The vanity is 61½ inches long and built in three sections to make installation easier. I had already completed the left and right sections and had started the doors for the center section when I stopped to purchase a vanity top at Leslie Marble on a trip to visit Dad. I had planned a 60-inch vanity and since this vanity top was 62 inches long, I had to refigure the center section because I only wanted a half inch overhang on the left.

The center section was made without a back and the shelf was added once the right section was installed so I could cut around the plumbing pipes.

I like lots of shallow drawers . . .

. . . so I made the pullouts to hold taller items.

The right pullout houses a wastebasket.

I used a rosette cutter on my drill press for the center of the medallion on each pullout and my husband added a little more with the lathe to enlarge the design.

When our grandchildren were little and needed to use a stool to reach the faucet, I decided that the next vanity would have a step for them. That was 20+ years ago and all of our grandchildren are now adults. If we’re blessed to have great-grandchildren, they will get to use it, or maybe the next owner of this house, or maybe it will never be used and just be a novelty. Better yet, possibly someone will like the idea and incorporate it into a vanity he builds for his children.

Instead of scribing the back of the vanity top, we notched a trowel to fit against a straightedge for mudding the wall flush. This worked remarkably well for a tight fit of the vanity top.

My next project needs to be a small cabinet for the wall at the right end of the cabinet. Even though I wasn’t anticipating it and don’t have it on my to-do list, I hope to bypass some of the other projects on my list and get it done soon!

Woods: oak birch plywood poplar

Tools: table saw planer drum sander drill press router random orbit sander

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oldrivers ...

I see the wait has paid off in a big way, taking time to plan well pays great dividends. You have build a beautiful and functional show piece, congratulations on a job well done.

a1jim ...

Very nice work with excellence details great workwomanship.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks guys. I hope the wall cabinet is a little faster build!


Jack ...

Truly beautiful work, congratulations and enjoy.

lightweightladylefty ...

Thank you Jack. I’m enjoying all the extra storage space.


Wes Louwagie ...

That’s a lot of storage.. looks like you thought of everything

lightweightladylefty ...

Wes, I’m sure I’ll still think of something I should have incorporated into the design, but it has really helped to get things off the window sill and behind closed doors.


Wheaties - Bruce A Wheatcroft ( BAW Woodworking) ...

That is really really nice work . You should be very proud of your accomplishment

lightweightladylefty ...

Thanks Bruce. It certainly beats the old one!


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