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Blog entry by Blinky posted 05-05-2010 12:37 AM 1460 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m hoping to get a medicine cabinet built in very near future. I have the design in my head. Bought an old medicine cabinet with a really nice etched mirror & beveled glass. Then found another one, bigger.
Anyway, I’m thinking I’ll build the door around the mirror size, & the cabinet to fit the door size. It will be built flush against wall above sink, with simple moulding that matches the woodwork throughout the house. I wish I knew Sketchup better. It’ll look similar to one at rejuvenation, but the mirror I have has an “arched” top? I don’t know what the name of the profile is; camelback?

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?



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Knothead62

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#1 posted 05-05-2010 03:14 AM

Mirror or wood frame! If it’s the wood door/frame, it sounds like a cathedral style.

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Blinky

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#2 posted 05-09-2010 12:18 AM

Wood frame! Knothead, you are right, it is a cathedral arch on the top of the mirror.

I thought I’d finally found all the right stock for the frame, only to realize that the pieces for the stiles are a bit twisted.
Another head-scratcher for me in the design; I’m using some existing glass shelves (I knew they’d come in handy), that are 20 5/8” W x 4” D x 3/16” H. I’m thinking of cutting horizontal slots in the sidewall of the box for the shelves. I’m not a big fan of pegs for glass shelves. The mirror is 16” W x 27 7/8” H. I’ll post pics.
I seem to have a big woodpile, but there’s always something making that piece not quite right. Hopefully I’m posting the picture correctly.
Medicine Cabinet 1
Woo Hoo it worked!

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?

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Blinky

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#3 posted 05-09-2010 11:10 PM

Now that I’ve found suitable scrap and milled it to rough dimensions, tossing out the original pieces that ended up being way to twisted for me, I have a frame just about ready.
Planed all pieces down to same thickness, adding a couple extra, just in case of a disaster (par for the course, in my play book).
Traced the cathedral arch & cut a test piece on the bandsaw.
Removed the fence from the handy dandy router table I finally built, in honor of this project. I don’t see how I can use the fence on a concave arch; if anyone knows…
I’m so glad I decided to try a test piece. It wasn’t a total disaster, but at least now I know what to watch out for. I may have sneaked up on it too fast, but the first cut took out a gouge & threw some unsightly chunks.

-- Mark, Portland, OR - what's for dinner?

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