Build a Floating Vanity
A modern cherry cabinet supports a heavy counter while levitating above the bath floor
Since Fine Homebuilding‘s Project House had a new bathroom sink (see “A New Approach to Concrete,” FHB #234) made by Buddy Rhodes, it was time to get a cabinet to accompany the sink. The editors turned to Nancy Hiller, and in this “Master Carpenter” article, she describes how she built a sleek cherry vanity that floats over the bathroom floor and is compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act. For this vanity, Hiller used plywood for the carcases, but coated the exterior with cherry-veneered moisture-resistant MDF. After the carcases and drawers were assembled, Hiller hung the unit on the bathroom wall, using four 16-in. steel brackets (rated for 330 lb. per pair) to suspend the vanity. This article includes sidebars on custom veneer, clamping techniques to make sure boxes are square, using router templates for precise work, and determining the extent of support that a hanging vanity needs. A companion video about this project also is available.