LumberJocks

Building Craftsman Style Medicine Cabinets

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Marty Backe posted 09-26-2016 03:52 PM 934 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been awhile since my last build video, but this one took awhile to complete.

We are undertaking a master bathroom remodel and I am doing all the finish work which includes the cabinetry.

In this video I show how I designed, built, and installed two craftsman style medicine cabinets. It’s a long video, but you see everything that’s involved.



3 comments so far

View Roger's profile

Roger

19883 posts in 2270 days


#1 posted 09-26-2016 04:29 PM

Nice video, and very nice builds. Beautiful craftsmanship.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

View Mean_Dean's profile

Mean_Dean

5059 posts in 2613 days


#2 posted 09-26-2016 11:49 PM

Great, informative video, Marty!

Looks like you did a fine job on those cabinets, and you’ll get to enjoy them every day. One question I’ve had, that you answered in your video, is how to get a smooth finish with paint on poplar. I’ve primed it, then sanded it smooth, painted a first coat, sanded it smooth, etc—and never have really got a good finish.

A 1# cut of shellac as a seal coat seems to be the way to go. Also, I see that you didn’t use primer, so I assume that the shellac serves that purpose. The question I have then, is how well the paint bonds to the shellac. And in your high humidity bathroom, I guess we’re all going to find out!

-- Dean

View Marty Backe's profile

Marty Backe

251 posts in 2238 days


#3 posted 09-27-2016 02:15 AM



Great, informative video, Marty!

Looks like you did a fine job on those cabinets, and you ll get to enjoy them every day. One question I ve had, that you answered in your video, is how to get a smooth finish with paint on poplar. I ve primed it, then sanded it smooth, painted a first coat, sanded it smooth, etc—and never have really got a good finish.

A 1# cut of shellac as a seal coat seems to be the way to go. Also, I see that you didn t use primer, so I assume that the shellac serves that purpose. The question I have then, is how well the paint bonds to the shellac. And in your high humidity bathroom, I guess we re all going to find out!

- Mean_Dean


I’m glad you enjoyed the video.

Shellac is the original primer. It sticks to anything and anything sticks to it. So there are absolutely no issues with the paint adhering to the shellac.

And my bathroom is not a sauna so I’m about as worried about the cabinet paint as I would be worried about the paint coming off the walls.

I’ve never had issues getting a smooth paint job with poplar, but I’ve always used shellac as the primer. Shellac won’t raise the grain, so the needed sanding between coats is minimal. I use a HVLP sprayer with high quality paint.

The only reason shellac isn’t used more widely as a primer is that it’s not water based and it’s expensive.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com