Building a Walnut Pedestal with Backlit Onyx using LEDs
After installing the floating walnut vanity with live edge backsplash the plumber came by and did his thing. It was at this point that the client realized they didn’t like the seeing the pipes under the vanity. We came up with a pedestal design to hide the plumbing. The builder picked up a piece of onyx that was the same kind as the sink and I went to work incorporating it into the design.
I double stick tapped the sides together so when I cut them they will be an exact match. Whenever I double stick tap boards together I first put down blue table to act as a release. This makes it much easier to get the pieces apart, and I don’t have any tape residue to scrape off.
I use my homemade track saw to cut the angle for the front of the pedestal. I do drink the green kool aid from time to time so I plan on investing in a Festool track saw very soon.
We needed a way to reach the shut off valves in case of a water leak, and also to pass final inspection. I used my radial arm saw to cut a 45 degree angle across the bottom back corner so you would be able to access the shut off valves.
I used a protractor Angle Finder to find the angle for the front trim to support the onyx, and the incra miter gauge to cut it accurately
This trim will go all the way around the front to support and frame the onyx.
I’m sure there will be some YouTube trolls that will lose their minds because I used a domino. I save my hand cut Joinery for the visible parts and the domino when I need to be efficient or fit a project into a customer’s budget. Hand cut Joinery and domino joinery are two different charges.
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