Dressing Vanity

Matthew Cremona

Matt will show you how to make a beautiful dressing vanity in a mid century modern style. Omit the mirror and desktop drawers for a compact yet highly functional desk. Miters, chamfers, and tapers abound!

Project Dimensions:
54" W x  24" D x 30" H
Mirror is 23" W x 29" H
  • 16 lessons
  • 351 min
  • $99.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    We talk design and cover the framework of how the vanity will be constructed.

  2. Lumber Selection

    We take a look through a stack of boards looking for the perfect area of each board for each project part.

  3. Cutting & Fitting the Waterfalls

    We make the cuts which will establish the waterfall connections between the top and sides.

  4. Waterfall Joinery & Glue Up

    We take the first step in building the case by gluing the sides to the top.

  5. Vertical Case Components

    We start framing out the drawer opening by adding the vertical dividers.

  6. Horizontal Case Components

    We finish up the drawer cavities by added the bottoms.

  7. Case Moldings

    We add the moldings which trick the eye into thinking the drawer compartments go through the top.

  8. Desktop Drawers

    We make the desktop drawer boxes.

  9. Drawer Prep

    We cut the drawer fronts to size and prep the stock for the drawer boxes.

  10. Half Blind Dovetails

    We get started on the drawer construction by joining the fronts to the sides with half blind dovetails.

  11. Through Dovetails

    We join the backs to the drawers with through dovetails.

  12. Drawer Fitting and Bottoms

    We glue up the drawers, make them operate smoothly, and add some bottoms.

  13. The Mirror

    We built the mirror and its stand which ties the desktop area together.

  14. The Legs

    We add some nice splayed and tapered legs to the case

  15. Finish Prep and Finishing

    We get everything finished prepped and apply a finish to all the parts.

  16. Wrapping Up

    We take care of the little details and wrap this project up.

What will I receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase.

What will I learn?

  • Mitered Case Construction
  • Domino Joinery
  • Waterfall & Grain Continuity
  • Coped Moldings
  • Traditional Dovetailed Drawer Construction
  • Fitting Inset Drawers
  • Wiping Varnish Application

What will I need?

Note: This is not a required list of tools. This is simply what I used during the build. Remember, there are always multiple ways to accomplish a task so if you don’t have one or more of these tools, you can very likely still make this project.


  • Festool Domino
  • Planer/Jointer (alternatives: purchase pre-milled lumber kits or use hand planes)
  • Tablesaw
  • Bandsaw
  • Drill
  • Random Orbit Sander
  • Hand Tools – Chisels, Medium Bench Plane, Card Scrapers, Dovetail Saw
  • 3/8″ Forstner
  • 9/64″ and 1/4″ Brad Point
  • 1/4″-20 Thread Tap
  • 1/4″ Split Point
  • Countersink


This was a great lesson

Devoya Smith
Guild Member
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About Your Instructor:

Matthew Cremona

Matt is a classic log to furniture woodworker. In 2017 he made his own bandsaw mill and uses it to create massive slabs for himself and other woodworkers to turn into beautiful furniture. He started his YouTube channel in 2014 and has a large and dedicated following. His woodworking style ranges from modern to classic reproductions.

Matt has been a Guild instructor since 2016 and a co-host of the Wood Talk podcast since 2016. He travels to teach periodically at local Guild meetings as well as woodworking events like Woodworking in America.