Vanity for Vessel Sink
This is a vanity or platform for a vessel (stone) sink in
our basement bathroom. It is constructed of cherry with contrasting walnut
pegs and inlays. The top, sides and back are 2.5" cherry slabs with natural
edges. With the exception of some rare earth magnets to hold the plumbing
panel closed, there are no
mechanical fasteners. Another high-tech concession was to install leveling
legs on the sides to insure it was level.
Everything is mortise & tenon and/or pegs.
It's reminiscent of pieces by
George Nakashima and was inspired by a similar piece at the "over-priced
luxury kitchen & bath retailer" priced at $3500. Yet another
time when saying "I can do that" saves me some money and gives me something to
do. Nakashima was
known for using bow-tie shaped "dutchmen" to hold defects in the wood together
as well as for visual effect.
After sanding, the piece was finished with Waterlox sealer and finish. The top has four coats and then a final
waxing for protection from spills. Most difficult part was getting angled
mortises and tenons through 2.5" of hard cherry and then pegging around defects
in the wood.
So far, my wife hasn't figured out what's wrong with it :-)
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