In my last post my comments were geared towards why I love this woodworking stuff and even though I’d much rather be doing finer aspects like carving or hand joinery, being able to do these things is rewarding as well. Finished and installed the units for the bathroom vanity and pleased with how they came out. Diane is even more pleased so you know that’s a good thing! Sorry about the quality of the picture, not much light in there. Diane has already found some small, divided trays so she can organize her earrings, make-up, etc. The drawer fronts are made of common Alder and seem to match the existing vanity nicely. Finish is EnduroVar from General Finishes.
The problems that needed to be solved was how to get as much use out od a very small area. After taking the hinges and plumbing into consideration there is an area about 10″ square by 20″ tall. The drawer boxes are made of 1/2″ Baltic Birch and the 1/4″ MDF bottom also functions as drawer slides. Using mechanical slides would have really reduced the usable size of the drawers. As I mentioned before, I thought I’d try making a large rabbet on both ends of the drawer fronts to hide the Baltic Birch sides. You can see everything ready to go in this picture.
Assembly was another challenge. Glue and #18 brads were the solution, the drawers were assembled in several stages. After first joining a side and back the next step was to join a front and side. Then, those 2 L-shaped pieces were joined. Since handles of any kind would take up room, a hole was drilled in each front then radiused.
The sequence for final assemble was pretty straight forward. It just happened that using a spacer of 1/2″ ply centered the drawer on the bottom. Lines drawn on the bottom guided the brad gun and happy to report only had 3 brads blow out — my drawers of course!
The next project is going to be putting up a lumber rack in the small garage. Finished the Monkeypod picture frame and waiting for the finish to cure before putting the print in it. Really anxious to see if I remember how to cut dovetails and use my finer skills. If nothing else I plan to create some boxes to replenish my Etsy store which has had a couple of sales lately — good thing too; that helps keep my woodworking passion “self-funded”!