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Offline VSM_4

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Cave Bathroom
« on: August 17, 2012, 02:26 AM »
The tile has been completed for a while, and I am now working on the vanity.      





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Starting on Vanity - Walnut and Steel













Before a clear coat, I am going to use gun blue on the steel to give it the color I want



« Last Edit: August 17, 2012, 02:30 AM by Vindingo »
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Offline mattfc

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2012, 03:22 AM »
Can't visualise what this is going to look like, but love walnut and stainless steel, so this is going to be exciting!

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #2 on: August 17, 2012, 03:42 AM »
Hope the waterproofing is good - I too am anxious to see where it all ends.

Are you going to make some stalactites for the ceiling?

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #3 on: August 17, 2012, 05:06 AM »
this is going to be awesome

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #4 on: August 17, 2012, 06:46 AM »
I can't visualise this vanity either.  What is the process of the gunn blue ?

Looking good so far !
If its made of wood, i can make it smaller.
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2012, 07:35 AM »
And you wanted to be a surgeon.....Eric

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #6 on: August 17, 2012, 08:33 AM »
If this is part of your winding down, your are doing awesome stuff   [wink]
I can't wait to see this one completed
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #7 on: August 17, 2012, 10:36 AM »
Cool idea for the finish. I can totally see the gun blueing looking good with the walnut!  [cool]


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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #8 on: August 17, 2012, 03:13 PM »
Looks great. you have some fantastic ideas i love to see different materials been use,  is the tile marble or travertine or something else
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #9 on: August 17, 2012, 09:22 PM »
Very nice. How did you cut all the walnut pieces on the angle of the steel plate? And hog out the material? Process and technique would be very helpful info for a lot of us I'm sure.
Exceptional work. 

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #10 on: August 17, 2012, 10:11 PM »
I really hate to use screen names and don't know to address this to Vince, Vinnie, Vin, ...

There is another thread talking about craftsmanship  You have it Dude.

I would love to see you meet up with Roger Savatteri and spend 3 months together.

Rock on.

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #11 on: August 18, 2012, 01:06 PM »
Sweet!  I agree with Peter -- you are a talented craftsman!  Love seeing your build stuff...

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #12 on: August 18, 2012, 03:29 PM »
What is the process of the gunn blue ?

I'm going to be using a cold bluing method.  Its a wipe on oxidizing chemical that turns steel that black/blue gun color.  
I worked on a project about 8 years ago where we used about a gallon of it, no gloves... it turned my fingernails orange and hurt my fingers for days.  

The finish looks cool though!  

And you wanted still want to be a surgeon.....Eric
 
Class starts in two weeks, excited like a little kid on Christmas eve.  I get to see what the inside of a person looks like!   
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #13 on: August 18, 2012, 03:44 PM »
Very nice. How did you cut all the walnut pieces on the angle of the steel plate? And hog out the material? Process and technique would be very helpful info for a lot of us I'm sure.
Exceptional work.  


I spent some time thinking about how to do it all at once, but it didn't come to me.  In the end, they were done one by one using this method.

After the first one, a spacer block was used for the following pieces moving down the line

marked angle


bandsaw fence




Took a chisel wider  than the piece and gave it a bang.  Bevel side towards waste to have a flat edge on the good side.  Pared away a bit of waste, then used flush cut saw to finish the rest.  There is a slight back cut 1 degree-ish so that the top will be tight.  








Rinse and repeat
« Last Edit: August 18, 2012, 03:48 PM by Vindingo »
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #14 on: August 18, 2012, 03:45 PM »
Thanks compliments.  I'm not sure I would call myself a craftsmans, but I am flattered.  

I'm excited to see how this project will turn out also.  Its been stewing in my head for a while and I'm still unsure if it will turn out to be a cohesive room.  

This is the vanity I will be replacing


Another detail shot



-Vinny
« Last Edit: August 18, 2012, 03:51 PM by Vindingo »
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #15 on: August 20, 2012, 10:00 PM »


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Wrapping plywood in sheet metal would have been a smarter option.  This thing is going to pull down the wall. 
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #16 on: August 20, 2012, 10:02 PM »
Looking good! You can weld as well? Is there anything your not talented at?

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #17 on: August 21, 2012, 12:35 AM »
Ha! mig welding is really really easy...  and those beads aren't even that nice.

Its amazing how much you can do with a grinder and a cheap welder.   
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #18 on: August 21, 2012, 01:17 PM »
I can't wait to see this finished. I can't visualise what it will look like yet.

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« Reply #19 on: August 21, 2012, 03:59 PM »
A really great job, Vin.  Every step of the project you show a new skill. 

I have tried welding. I need to do a lot on my equipment, especially when i was a mason with a couple of backhoes.  I can appreciate the job you have done.  I just cannot do it.  With my eyes, i need to actually touch the work with the welding wand (rod). You know what happens then.   [oops]  I have never tried with mig or tig.  i just let the experts do it for me.  Much better work and cheaper to pay for right job instead of tearing apart to do over. 

I am anxious to see your finished project.
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #20 on: August 22, 2012, 03:30 AM »
Love your projects. Being a former metal man from the Hot Rod world this project gives me inspiration. There is a guy maybe in the Northeast that makes a product for coloring or tinting raw steel. He works on maybe gates or fences. You would have to dig around on Google. We used it once and was quite impressed on what it did to the metal.

Do you use a Festool blade in your saw?

Turn up the heat on the welder and move a lot slower, no insult meant.

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« Reply #21 on: August 22, 2012, 11:24 AM »
Thanks for the tip on the welding, no insult taken.  The power was maxed, but so was the wire feed rate.

It felt too fast, don't know why I didn't just slow it down  ::)  kids these days, just no patience  [tongue]

I am not familiar with the guy you are referring to, but this place http://www.sculptnouveau.com/ has tons of cool coloring products for metal. 


The steel wasn't cut with my Fes saw.  I have but aluminum a bunch of time with the standard blade, but no steel. 
   
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #22 on: August 22, 2012, 03:31 PM »
What a great link to the Patina guy. Just what I'm searching for. I hope he can ship to Sweden.

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #23 on: August 22, 2012, 09:44 PM »
1 of 3


Grandfather's tap and tap holder.  It brings me a lot of joy to use his tools.  So much so that it makes me want to have kids, so that they can have kids, that I teach dirty jokes and how to build stuff.
I also enjoy this photograph as an image, independent of its content.   






These Grass hinges are crap.   


Its hard to capture the color, but this gives you an idea. 




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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #24 on: August 31, 2012, 03:48 PM »
Howa the bathroom project coming along?

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #25 on: August 31, 2012, 05:58 PM »
Vin, A couple of weeks ago you said something 'bout a class where you would be observing a surgery of some sort.
It seems this is close to your time frame.  I wish you all the best in your pursuit. That has to be exciting for you.

doesn't mean we are forgeting about your Cave Bathroom project.  [scratch chin]
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #26 on: August 31, 2012, 07:43 PM »
it makes me want to have kids, so that they can have kids, that I teach dirty jokes and how to build stuff.

And so much more.  There are plenty of kids in this world but not enough parents, so it could be the biggest win-win you'll ever make happen.
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #27 on: September 03, 2012, 10:48 AM »
Vin, A couple of weeks ago you said something 'bout a class where you would be observing a surgery of some sort.
It seems this is close to your time frame.  I wish you all the best in your pursuit. That has to be exciting for you.

doesn't mean we are forgeting about your Cave Bathroom project.  [scratch chin]
Tinker

Hi Tinker,

Cave Bath is on hold...  :-[   The stars didn't align (I couldn't get a plumber lined up) and decided it was better to leave the existing functional vanity, instead of rushing and possibly not finishing.  I cut it way too close and just didn't give myself enough time.  Between installing those carriage doors, moving to a new apartment and starting school, I just couldn't swing it.  I am extremely disappointed and pretty embarrassed, but such is life I guess.  Thanksgiving break should do it.      

As far as my comment, it was referring to a gross anatomy class that starts in two days.  It should be amazing, in the truest sense of the word. I have contacted a bunch of surgeons with hopes of observing a few procedures as well.  
Thanks for the well wishes, I am extremely excited.        
Vinny

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #28 on: September 03, 2012, 01:31 PM »
Hey Vin, Good on ya!  It sounds exciting and I wish you all the luck.
if you learn fast enough, maybe you could tackle my back with a Domino.  it needs some putting together as I am struggling with a cane.  A couple of days ago, i could barely stand up.  i have a few drills and lots of scrap metal and pieces of wood scattered around the yard.  With all of that and a domino, I think you should be able, with just a little observations of you surgeon friends, to put me back together.   [scratch chin]
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #29 on: January 04, 2013, 12:25 PM »
Did you ever get time to finish this project?

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« Reply #30 on: January 05, 2013, 07:34 AM »
Vin, a couple of your projects have shown up here of late.  By now, i am sure you are building a collection of fine surgical tools that you could use for the fine finishing touches needed to complete this project.

BTW: I am pretty sure you would have gotten along fine with my dad.  He worked in every medium you could imagine from fabrics to iron to cement.  He did fine pen & ink drawings to painting.  I inherited a lot of his tools, many of which i am only just getting out of the boxes they have been stored in for over 25 years.  I have been interested in this project, especially, since you have been working in so many different skills and with such great imagination. I am sure you would be doing great in your pursuit of your desire in surgery. Your background with construction and your imagination should put you in good stead for a great future.
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #31 on: January 18, 2013, 05:08 PM »
Did you ever get time to finish this project?

Been working on it the last week and a half, will post up photos soon.

Vinny

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« Reply #32 on: January 18, 2013, 05:14 PM »
Vin, a couple of your projects have shown up here of late.  By now, i am sure you are building a collection of fine surgical tools that you could use for the fine finishing touches needed to complete this project.

BTW: I am pretty sure you would have gotten along fine with my dad.  He worked in every medium you could imagine from fabrics to iron to cement.  He did fine pen & ink drawings to painting.  I inherited a lot of his tools, many of which i am only just getting out of the boxes they have been stored in for over 25 years.  I have been interested in this project, especially, since you have been working in so many different skills and with such great imagination. I am sure you would be doing great in your pursuit of your desire in surgery. Your background with construction and your imagination should put you in good stead for a great future.
Tinker

Tinker,

I'm sure he was an interesting man. The desire to get my hands into everything and anything has been a boon and a burden.  I have allotted the next 25-30 years of my 100 to medicine, then maybe I will be an artist.  I think I will start building a boat this summer, then finish it in my 60's. Who knows...
Vinny

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2013, 10:07 PM »
Almost finished...  I need to figure out what to do for a mirror and do a final hook up of the plumbing

I thought this was a fun shot




I always hate this part!








View from the toilet
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2013, 10:34 PM »
Vin what a fantastic job you did on this, the final job will look awesome for sure. It took a while but boy was it worth it.
 [not worthy]

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #35 on: January 20, 2013, 12:04 AM »
Absolutely love the mixed materials.

You have a great eye for design.

Would love more photos, even a video walkthrough of the project!

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #36 on: January 20, 2013, 06:01 AM »
Beautiful and elegant work, Vinny! Love the visible butterfly joints at the end.

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« Reply #37 on: January 20, 2013, 06:34 AM »
Very stylish.

His and hers sinks.....very posh.

Will it get a splash back? to protect paintwork from water damage?
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #38 on: January 20, 2013, 09:29 AM »
Vin, The craftsmanship you have shown is strictly first class.  a a friend of mine used to say, "Top Drawer."
But the design is out of this world. I have no words.

From your earlier pics, i had wondered where the idea was going. i actually had no idea where all of those "rib' supports and the steel work were going.  The final result is a huge and wonderful surprise.

I have wondered, from some of your other work (This job caps it), if medicine and doctoring is really your direction.  Your abilities also point a suspicion of qualifications for architectural design.  If you truly do have equal or better potential in the medical field, I am sure you have a very bright future ahead of you.
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #39 on: January 20, 2013, 10:04 AM »
Looks awesome, great job!
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« Reply #40 on: January 26, 2013, 01:50 PM »
Thanks for all the kind words.  My digital camera died and all I have are phone pics unfortunately.  It's an awkwardly shaped room, so it is tough to capture the space. I am also disappointed you can't make out the color of the blue'd steel with the polished edge.  The polished edge on the steel is my favorite detail.  Its subtle but more noticeable in real life.  

edge detail


finger pull detail


You can see the room layout with the shower in the corner


Will it get a splash back? to protect paintwork from water damage?

No back splash in the design now, but I guess if it is a problem in the future I will think of something.  

Your abilities also point a suspicion of qualifications for architectural design.  
I do have a degree in architecture, so I guess your suspicions aren't too far off...  [tongue]
« Last Edit: January 26, 2013, 02:05 PM by Vindingo »
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #41 on: January 26, 2013, 02:01 PM »
My inspiration for this vanity came from a couple George Nakashima pieces:







I'm sure you can see where I stole some elements, and then played on his ideas to make it mine. 

I hope some insight into my thought process can help you guys make some wacky stuff too! 
Vinny

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« Reply #42 on: January 26, 2013, 04:08 PM »
Vin, The inspiration did not stop or limit your own unique design imagination.
Your imagination not only grasped a great design, but it was very interesting to see how you have solved construction features and problems with this project and others you have shown us.

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« Reply #43 on: January 26, 2013, 07:22 PM »
Fantastic. Really sharp work. A question. The bottle traps (I think that's what they are called) for the sinks, where did you get them? I have been told before that they aren't really allowed in our area, but that plumber could have been misinformed. They look great.

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« Reply #44 on: January 26, 2013, 08:08 PM »
Got the traps online.

There was no need to worry about plumbing codes, plumber is a friend, and he didn't mention anything. 
Vinny

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« Reply #45 on: January 26, 2013, 08:59 PM »
Yeah they look so good. I love details like that.  Thanks for sharing.

Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #46 on: February 17, 2013, 10:30 AM »
Great design and execution,  I really like how all the differrent textures/mediums work well together.


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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #47 on: March 03, 2013, 07:43 AM »
WOW!  Very nice work!

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #48 on: March 03, 2013, 09:29 AM »
That is....  inspirational.

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #49 on: March 03, 2013, 04:27 PM »
how did you flatten the slab?

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #50 on: March 04, 2013, 03:04 PM »
how did you flatten the slab?


This slab started out pretty flat so I went at it with a vintage Stanley #5 and a rotex.  






I have used a router sled method before with some success on another project.  
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #51 on: March 04, 2013, 03:18 PM »
Vin, Did you use a plane in each hand?   [not worthy]
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« Reply #52 on: March 04, 2013, 04:56 PM »
Vin, Did you use a plane in each hand?   [not worthy]
Tinker

 [big grin] you're funny Tinker.

I definitely cheated a bit.  As I am sure you can see, there is a slight twist in the end with the butterflies. I decided that I could live with it, and that it adds to the "organic" feel of the piece...  AKA: it was hot that day and I didn't feel like planing anymore. 
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #53 on: March 04, 2013, 09:31 PM »
Superb work!
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« Reply #54 on: March 04, 2013, 11:50 PM »
 [popcorn]
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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #55 on: March 05, 2013, 07:55 AM »
 [eek] [eek] [big grin]
SO friggin cool Vin.  Would love to meet you next time you make it up to the store.  Aside from the awesome work, the design is very unique.  I love it all 'cept for the clear sinks, that wouldn't be my cup o tea, but to each their own.  Bravo.  Have a blast in school.

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Re: Cave Bathroom
« Reply #56 on: March 05, 2013, 09:18 AM »
Great design and execution!  Love it!!

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« Reply #57 on: March 07, 2013, 08:37 AM »
Very nice work. 
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