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post #1 of 5 Old 09-02-2008, 09:15 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Good Wood Selection for Bathroom

I am about to design a bathroom vanity for my new bathroom. I have limited woodworking experience, but I'm ready to tackle anything.

My bathroom is going to be very white, so I am looking for a finished piece that is dark. What wood would you all suggest for use in a bathroom? Does it really matter as long as I put on plenty of coats of polyurethane afterwards?

Also to consider is the trim work around the bathroom. I have some stained glass windows and sliding doors. They will also need some trim work, which might look nice if it matches the vanity. I would of course prefer to just buy stock trim, I'd rather not have to cut the profile myself, nor have it custom cut. That will depend on what you all think about the vanity.

Thanks for the input, I look forward to visiting this forum more often, and hope to hear back!

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Lots of good, dark woods out there. I'd check this site: and see if they have something you like. Also do some searches online for other dark woods and check out the Wood Encyclopedia from your local library. You'll find plenty of beautiful woods that you can then narrow down to a few choices. Ask here to see what's the easiest to work with, or will yield the best results for the type of work you're planning to do and make your final choice with that information in mind. Then see if you can find something local to you, or a place that sells the wood and will ship it to you.

There will be several options for finishing but some woods will weather moisture better than others. A good wood dealer should be able to help you figure some of that out, as will the Wood Encyclopedia I recommended. You can also ask here as there are quite a few experts that will be able to help you as well.

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FrankP has some good suggestions for the wood selection, go with it.

I built a vanity for my former home using white oak. It still looked new after two years of service with only 2 coats of poly. I had little or no movement in the wood while in the most heavily used bathroom in the house. 3 coats would be more than enough I think.

Food for thought:
When I made mine, I used 3/4" oak plywood to form the carcass, there was enough left over to create the bottom of the vanity below the sink. Overkill, yes, but it will never sag

I also used these hinges
easy to install and gave a little wiggle room as they are adjustable.

Good luck with your project and do keep us posted!
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Thanks for the comments!

My wife found what she wants. If you have any suggestions, let me know.
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