Ian Ingersoll says the vanity he designed and details in this article, with its gently tapered and splayed legs, is an outgrowth of the Shaker tradition. He made it from a cheap grade of walnut, which he oxidized a deep, mocha brown with potassium permanganate. It doesn’t use a standard size top, but he offers direction on how to adjust dimensions if needed, and a dimensioned drawing details every inch. Not counting the floating grate or the backsplash, the essence of the vanity is four legs and four aprons, plus the two drawers, and he makes them in that order. His tip for making the grate is to cut a series of dadoes across a wide 1-in.-thick board, then rip the board. The article includes information on choosing a solid-surface vanity top, the clever way Ingersoll floated the grate, and how to use a rich finish on poor wood.

From Fine Woodworking #132