Or "How not to make a vanity"
If you want to see how it's *supposed* to be done, read Gary Zimmel's thread.
Okay, we're reno-ing 2 bathrooms, and I thought I'd be a big shot and said "I'll make the vanities." So here's the first one. I got the carcass done in time for the counter and sink. Now I have to make the doors and drawers.....neither of which I've ever done.
Mistake #1: I thought a cabinet was a box. You know, a box with 5 sides, and the 6th side is the front, done later. Not so! When I called the counter guy and asked what kind of surface he wanted on top of the cabinets to receive the stone, he said, "I don't want any surface. I want the tops open with just a strip in the front and back of the top for stability." So I learned in a hurry how to make a plunge cut with a circular saw and had to cut off most of the tops I had just glued and screwed on.
Mistake #2: I can't handle a full sheet of plywood on a table saw by myself, so I cut out the box parts with a circular saw. Although I was pleased that the sides were accurate to 1/8", cutting on a table saw is more accurate. No more cutting everything with a CS.
This is what it looks like now: