Midnight Woodworking


Bathroom Vanity – day 10

I hope everyone had a good Christmas. I did finish putting a second coat of paint on all of the cabinet parts. Yes, even the bottom of the drawers.

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I did not paint the inside the vanity where the drawers are. It won’t be visible, and was very hard to reach into.

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I let the paint cure for a few days before removing the tape and reinstalling the hardware.

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The salesman at Benjamin Moore said the water-borne exterior paint would take about a month to fully cure and harden. Everything feels dry, but if you lay two painted surfaces together, they tend to stick together a bit.

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I added little vinyl bumpers to the top and bottom of the door to prevent anything from sticking until the paint has fully cured.

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I did the same to the top of the drawer faces as well.

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I just received the drawer pulls today, so I started installing them. They are called “diminishing pulls” because one side slopes away to nothing. They have a really cool look, but I ran into a problem installing them. The tall side has a really deep threaded hole and can receive about 1/2″ of thread, but the diminished side can only take about 1/8″ of thread.

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The handles came with longer and shorter screws, but the short ones were still too long.

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I took seven of the short screws over to my metal vice and clamped the last 1/8″ of threads into it. I used a hack saw to cut off approximately 3/16″ off the threaded end, then filed the bottom smooth and cleaned up the threads with some jeweler’s files.

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After that, they seated perfectly.

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With the pulls installed, it was time to re-attach the drawer faces.

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They look pretty sharp. My clients picked these out, and I have to say they go very well with the cabinet style.

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The last thing to do, is install the door handle. I used a straight edge to give me a line between the drawer pulls. This allowed me to find a location on the door that lined up perfectly with the top row of pulls.

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I pressed the handle gently into the still-curing paint and it made a slight circular indent. I drilled a hole at the center of this spot.

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I went and found the jig that I used to install the drawer pulls and removed the cleats from the sides. I used a drill bit to line up the top hole and a tape measure to make sure it was perfectly in line with the door. Next I clamped the template gently in place and drilled out the second hole.

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All that was left was to install the last two screws and the cabinet was complete.

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I will deliver it in a couple of days, but it won’t be installed till the top has been made. That probably won’t be for a month or two, so it will be a while till I get a final picture.

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I will say that painting this cabinet with a brush and a roller took nearly as long as building it. Mainly because the paint was too thick for my sprayer. Everybody’s taste in finishes differ, but I still prefer polyurethane. Spraying two coats poly would have taken about a half hour, total, over two or three days. I probably spent more than 8 or 9 hours painting. Just my thoughts for anyone out there considering building one for yourself.




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