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Thread: Dressing table/Vanity for my grand daughter

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Amherst, New Hampshire

    Dressing table/Vanity for my grand daughter

    If you folks haven't figured it out by now, Abby is my favorite grand kid. We are best buddies. She has lived with us for almost all of her 8 years.

    She has moved a few miles away with her Mom Dad and sister and asked me to make her something special for her new room.

    The wood is all beech. I've never worked with it before. It machines nicely but has soft spots and random sticky spots. It presented some challenges but came out OK. I bought most of the beech from a frame shop that had about 30bf of rough stock sitting around for a long time for real cheap $. I had to buy a few ectra pieces from a lumber mill for $1.80bf.

    The inlay heart is curly maple. I tried to use rosewood but it was so hard and dense I ruined 3 pieces trying to route out the pattern.

    The finish is Rustolem Traditional cherry stain (best stain I've ever used) and 3 coats of minwax polyuretane.

    I made "secret" compartments in the drawers and seat to hold all the special treasures that 8 year old girls have.

    As usual, comments and suggestions to make the next one better are appreciated.

    I know, A terrible upholstery job. My next one will be better.

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    Last edited by Bob Gibson; 03-16-2014 at 01:29 AM.
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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada

    Re: Dressing table/Vanity for my grand daughter

    Bob there is only one thing i think......that piece spells Abby granpa loves you very much.
    Well done Bob, i am sure she will treasure it. Too many nice touchs to comment on them all.

    sent from s4
    Last edited by Rob Keeble; 03-16-2014 at 01:54 AM.

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    Dec 2006
    Independence, Kentucky
    I love that Bob, she will be a very happy girl I am sure. Grandchildren are sure special as you already know.
    I'm supposed to respect my elders, but its getting harder and harder for me to find one now.

  4. #4
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    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    looks like she is one special gal alright.. never used beech bob, looks pretty nice and the crotch figure looks great on it.. well done bob
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  5. #5
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That looks great, Bob. Instant heirloom, if you ask me.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    great looking piece, on the few bench seats Ive made, I make the bench seat hard and buy a nice bench cushion. I figure this way they can match it up to any color paint or linens they want too.
    Last edited by allen levine; 03-16-2014 at 09:12 AM.
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    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    Wonderful piece Bob! Sure to be a treasure to be handed down to her own daughter.
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  8. #8
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    Jan 2011
    Spitting distance north of Detroit Michigan
    Very nicely done Bob
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  9. #9
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    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Very nice indeed!
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  10. #10
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    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    You know she will treasure it forever Great job Bob

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