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Designing a complete bathroom in a small space was Maurice Minary's challenge. To solve the problem, he designed a custom vanity unit, with illuminating mirror among other utilities... A realization that allowed him to discover the features of his new woodworking machine.

Realization of a piece of furniture

Level: confirmed
Realization: 20 hours
Cost: 250 to 300 euros (overall)
Equipment: Combined, Jigsaw, Ripper, Drill

See the plan of this realization (in pdf): bathroom furniture: the plan

This small bathroom, fitted out in an attic, offers all the necessary comfort. Namely: a shower, toilet under crawling and the vanity. Its design offers the largest possible area for the washroom, without impeding traffic. The result is a half-moon plateau, slightly truncated at the front. Note: the dimensions indicated are to be adapted to the configuration of your room.

■ For its realization, our reader had a major asset: solid fir from cuts made by his father ten years earlier. He drew planks of good thickness (35 mm for the plan and shelves, 26 mm for the rest), perfectly dry and of regular grain. A real pleasure to work on its combined!

From the classic "hight-tech"

The plan rests on a box of 680 x 460 mm, without bottom to let the piping and the emptying system pass. The furniture, with its flanks, is in two parts: a low drawer, surmounted by a large volume with two doors, kept closed by magnetic latches.
■ The mirror (600 x 450 mm) is inserted into a grooved frame for this purpose, the dimensions of which it determines. This frame is quite special in its design. Indeed, its amounts and sleepers, assembled by shoulders and mortise tenons, are presented differently depending on their location. Explanation: The top cross member (100 x 25 mm section) is erected edge while the other three pieces (88 x 25 mm) are mounted flat (face).
■ Two large shelves of different lengths (674 and 800 mm) are placed above and below the frame, respectively. Rounded into ends, they are completed by four small corner shelves (two on each side) cut in a quarter circle. The latter will welcome products and toiletries: various bottles, glasses and toothbrushes, etc. Supreme tip, the lower shelf (just screwed under the amounts) remains removable in order to replace the mirror in case of breakage.
■ The set also includes a shaver socket (2 P + T), fixed on one of the uprights, and five adjustable TBT halogen spotlights (12 V). Three are distributed on the sides and the top, the other two on the high rail. A spacer, located at the back of the mirror and one-third of the height of the frame, receives the transformer. It consists of two cleats assembled in L: one tenonné ends to assemble the amounts, the other serving as a support and pierced for the passage of electrical son.

Manicured flanks

Classically designed, the sides of the cabinet each consist of a grooved frame of 460 x 900 mm, with central upright and recess of two narrow flatbed panels. When mounting, they must not be glued in their grooves in case of removal of wood.
■ Simple, the mounting principle is to connect the sides with five tenor crosspieces of 660 x 70 x 26 mm. There are two on the back and three on the front, the additional cross over the drawer and delimiting its housing. The length of these pieces includes the width of the tenons: 14 mm. The depth of the mortises, to dig in the amounts, must be increased by 1 mm to allow the glue to flow back during assembly.
■ The cabinet has a floor that rests on four 15 x 15 mm battens, glued and screwed on the inside of the structure. After assembly, a molded plinth, joined miter, comes to dress the base of the furniture on its three apparent sides.

■ The drawer (1. 628 x H. 100 x D. 400 mm) is made up of four straight-tailed walls and a bottom inserted into a peripheral groove. Grooved on their outer face, its sides slide on two cleats set at a good height on the inside of the furniture legs. It is embellished with a detached facade, molded around its perimeter.
■ Doors (600 x 300 mm) are made on the same principle as the sides of the cabinet, but without a central pillar. Mounted on hidden hinges, they fit slightly above the front (4 mm) to create a relief.

A plan all in roundness

Measuring at the beginning 1,200 mm long and 520 of width, the plate consists of planks assembled by multiple fences, glued and put in press twenty-four hours. For lack of a carpenter's compass, the rounding (radius: 540 mm) was traced with a string provided at one end with a pivot point, and opposite a pencil.
■ The semi-circular cut was made at the router with a straight cutter, in four successive passes to cross the 35 mm thickness of the wood. Once set to its final length (1,080 mm), the recessed window of the basin, drawn from a template, was made with a jigsaw equipped with a long blade.
■ The plate is fixed to the cabinet with 6 x 60 mm Ø TF screws, inserted from below, through two support cleats. These are themselves screwed into the upper rails of the sides.

Finishes

After general sanding, the upper edge of the plane is molded to the router. The same pattern is reproduced on the shelves of the mirror. The finish gives pride of place to the natural, in keeping with the tone of the door and the floor of the room. Moreover, the same colorless glaze was used, in two crossed layers, after a fine sanding followed by a good dedusting.

Total storage

The interior of the cabinet can be easily arranged to make the most of the available volume. For example, by installing a shelf resting on cleats. To be adjustable in height, drill a few blind holes on the inside of the uprights, ensuring their perfect alignment. Its positioning should not interfere with the possible disassembly of the siphon.

Make furniture doors and sides

Make furniture doors and sides

The doors and sides of the furniture are manufactured on the same principle. Only the second ones have a central pillar and two flat panels. These must not be stuck in their grooves.

Assemble uprights and sleepers

Assemble uprights and sleepers

The uprights and connecting rails have a section of 70 x 26 mm. They are assembled with 54 x 14 mm shoulders, which are housed in 15 mm deep mortises. Check the squareness at the press and insert drops to protect the wood.

Washroom

Washroom

The washbasin consists of five boards joined by multiple splices. The tightening is done in both directions, vertical and horizontal, to ensure perfect flatness.

Cut out the arcs

Cut out the arcs

A spike in length is provided for cutting arcs. Clever, the author used a string to guide his ripper. But a pivoting slat, fixed under the sole, is still safer...

Assemble the drawers

Assemble the drawers

The four walls of the drawer are assembled with straight tails of 10 mm.

Adapt the sliding groove

Adapt the sliding groove

Its sides have at mid-height a sliding groove whose section is to be adapted to that of the cleats serving as slides. It is adorned with an overflowing facade, molded on the outskirts and equipped with two handles in aged metal.

Fix the washbasin

Fix the washbasin

The vanity top is attached to the cabinet with eight Ø 6 x 60 mm screws, pushed in from below. Its floor rests on four support brackets and its doors are mounted on hidden hinges (recess Ø 35 mm).

Machine and drill

Machine and drill

The elements of the upper part are machined in planks 26 mm thick, except shelves in 35 mm. The recess holes of the spotlights are drilled before assembly, using a hole saw Ø 65 mm.

Assemble the frame

Assemble the frame

The assembly of the frame is done by tenons and mortises, including the spacer which will receive the transformer.

Fix the tablets

Fix the tablets

The shelves are all screwed to the uprights, which allows the removal of the mirror in case of breakage.


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