New bathroom

Well it’s been fun in the wolf and rabbit den. We’ve rebuilt our bathroom. It was originaly decorated in the ’90’s but in a perverse seventies way. We discussed, rabbit and I, the options and finaly decided on a sort of Cape Cod thing.

I looked at several vanity cabinets which followed the style, most of which were in the 1000.00 to 1500.00 dollar range and decided to make one out of pine (not recomended) which eventually came out OK. So I did that. It cost me, with tiles on the top around 500.00 bucks, including the basin and taps and the plumber. That was all extra in the other vanity cabinets.

So off with the tiles and on with the beadboard, I moulded a little trim which I haven’t installed yet but looks quite nice. I also need to do the floor…never mind, all in good time.

Now I’ll be very clear here. I will never build anything out of pine again and I despise the wierd dust MDF makes. The pine just explodes. Horrid. I made a lot of mistakes. I have a dovetail jig for my router. It’s fixed at half inch cuts. I really should have made the drawers match that, don’t you think. My drawers have a few orphaned pins, but what the hell…they slide nice.

I forgot to account for the adhesive for the tiles so they all sit a bit proud of the trim.

The door fronts are made of pine with loose tenons made in a jig for my plunge router, tenons made on the router table. If you intend to do this be careful to get things accurate, nobody likes twisted doors that you made because you flipped a board and cut the mortice a millimeter out on one side and a millimeter in on the other. God Bless hand planes.

So a few pics…

-- Alec (Friends call me Wolf, no idea why)

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Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

I don’t think I mentioned it but this is the first bit of “furniture” I’ve ever tried to make.
Here’s a pic of the old bath

lanwater ...

The new look is pretty cool.
I like the color combo.

I worked a couple of times with pine and never liked it as well.
I was cutting dimension pine lumber; it pinched the riving knife pretty hard from all the stress there was in it.

3fingerpat ...

The upgrade looks awesome, congrats!

Madts ...

I think that what you guys did is absolutely just fine. We all make mistakes, and those in this project, only you will know. I can see any.
Well done.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

Thanks all. Always nice to get a good bit of back patting. It encourages and makes me more eager to try that medicine cabinet that’s next on the list. In ash, I think…Ash sounds nice. The couple of ash boxes I made were fun and the wood did what I told it to do.

Wolf (& Rabbit!) ...

The vinyl floor is laid (another first for me) and all the moulding along the top of the beadboard installed. I milled all the mouldings on the router table out of the pine. It looks great and I absolutely refuse to look at any of the things I could have done differently as errors.

So done, hurrah! Time to go rebuild the back wall of my workshop before the gales of Cwmcelyn set in and the whole thing blows into the valley.