Woodworker's Journal fall-2009, страница 18




Woodworker

Bathroom Vanity

Bathroom vanities are changing from basic storage units that hold up a sink to elegant pieces of furniture. Our author's offering has tons of ultra-practical storage in a very handsome bit of casework.

By Angie Kopacek

Most of the vanities I've built have been pretty traditional in concept and execution. Nice enough to look at, but all about function. So when the Journal contacted me about building a vanity with a decidedly modern slant, I jumped at the chance. But don't worry; this cabinet will hold all of your morning's must-have accessories and more.

Building the Case

Get started by cutting out pieces 1 through 4 from hardwood plywood. Although this project can be built with solid wood, I opted for plywood to minimize the number of expansion and humidity issues this piece will face in a bathroom setting. To give the case a clean look, I used lock miter joints (see the sidebar on page 23) on the case and drawers. I suggest that you cut the dadoes for the dividers into the top and bottom of the case before the lock miter joints are cut, as it's easier to use the table saw fence on a square end. (See the Drawings on page 21 for construction details.) After you've set up for the lock miters, cut one side, then spin the piece 180° and cut the other side. The lock miter profile is next. Install a tall, sacrificial fence (with a small notch for the router bit) on your router table for extra support on these pieces. Use double- sided, pressure-sensitive tape to attach it to your fence. I cut the long top and bottom pieces vertically. It may seem counterintuitive, but the

length is easier to handle vertically as it's not trying to tilt off the table.

The next step is assembly. To make things easier during finishing, sand the inside of the case and the dividers before you assemble. And to make cleanup easier, do a test assembly. Use blue tape to mask off the joints. It will make your post-assembly cleanup easy — just peel off the tape!

After the glue has dried, it's time to edge-band the front of the case and form rabbets on the back of the case for the backs, using a handheld router outfitted with a rabbet bit.

Shaping the Legs

Start with 8/4 stock for the legs (pieces 5). Mill the boards to 13/4" thick. Lumber selection is important here. When looking for this stock, try to find grain that curves a bit at the end and cut your legs follow-

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For a downloadable and printable cutting diagram that describes the best way to cut up your plywood pieces for this project, go to our website (listed above) and click on the "More On The Web" button. Search for "Bathroom vanity" and you'll also find the author's recommended router bits and Forstner bit to help you machine the parts.

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