Cherry Vanity

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I wanted this Cherry vanity to have a large dramatic artistic element.  What I chose was a large Walnut inlay that spanned the entire front of the piece.  The image it was derived from is a Bonsai tree so there is an Asian influence; the curved drawer fronts and frame pieces reinforce that as well.  The overall form and joinery details are more Arts & Crafts style inspired.
Construction of this piece involved an interior plywood carcass with an exterior post and frame so it's a bit of a hybrid.  It ensures that the piece will remain stable in its intended environment though.

The sides are raised frame and panel but the legs make up the side of the frame.  Mortise and tenon joints were used to connect everything together.

The drawers are clear Southern Yellow Pine put together with box joints.  To keep the design clean looking, full extension undermount glides were used.  This keeps the drawer sides close to the case making the drawers look much better.

The drawers also use hand-made pulls of Walnut to match the inlay.

The entire piece is finished in hand applied polyurethane except for the top which is polished spar varnish for added durability.

Believe it or not, this was only the second inlay I had ever done.