We had our bathroom remodeled into a rustic farmhouse style bathroom, so I ended up building a vanity for it.
The wood is mostly cherry, with a few boards of pine. My wife had an butcher block that we re-purposed for parts of the top. For the finish, the top has a 1/8th inch layer of epoxy resin for protection and the rest of the body has 2 layers of polyurethane finish.
- Solid old Butcher block
- Plywood for the drawers
- Pine boards
- Brushes for finish
Step 1: Mill the Wood
No pictures here. I had cherry boards in storage, I milled those and put them to good use.
Step 2: Build the Frame
First cut the legs. These legs are 1,3/4th inch wide and about 31" in length.
The front supports are 1" thick and about 55" long. The sides are 16" long. They've been joined by kreg screws.
I did not have the time to put in mortise and tenons, so the kreg screws were very useful.
I put a 1/4" thick piece of plywood under the side joins to space out the side boards with the legs.
Once the body frame was put together, I did a dry fit to mark off the positions for the water and drain pipes. Since the water pipes were in the way of a horizontal support beam, I went with vertical support beams, as shown in the last picture.
Step 3: Build the Top
For the top, I cut two squares off of the butcher block, and then added cherry boards along the sides, front and back to create a frame. The butcher block was about 2" thick and the cherry boards were 1" thick, so the top formed a natural grove that fit onto the frame.
Step 4: Add the Bottom Boards
I cut the pine boards to length and put them in with kreg screws.
Step 5: Add Butterflied Side Boards
I used the bandsaw to butterfly a few boards that became the sides and the front pieces.
Step 6: Make the Drawers
Unfortunately, I dont have any pictures of this step. I made three drawers, the body out of 1/4" plywood and the front being an inch thick cherry piece, butterflied.
Step 7: Add the Backsplash
We had a piece of cherry with a live edge. I milled the piece flat and screwed it in to the top.
Step 8: Fit and Finish
I taped off the edges of the top, and put in an 1/8" thick layer of epoxy resin on it. The rest of the vanity was sanded to 320 grit and finished with two layers of wipe on polyurethane.