My woodwork seems to have come to a grinding halt, unfortunately my car needs major work on it, which has bit deeply into my finances, so woodwork is confined to using what wood I have in stock for the time being, not ideal, but I have a string of medical appointments coming up, so maybe it has come at the right time…if there is such a thing!
A couple of days ago, I decided that it was time to make a medicine cabinet for the house, I had some plywood sitting about waiting for a project, now was the time to use it.
The first thing to decide was size, it needed to be wall mounted, in an upstairs toilet / store-room, so space was a consideration. I decided on 24” high, by 15” wide, by 4” deep.
I cut the back and sides from 15mm ply, the shelves and door would be from 6mm ply.
Having cut the parts, I then cut half laps on the sides, to attach them to the back, followed by dados in the sides and back, to accept the shelves.
Once everything was cut, I did a dry-fit…so far so good!
It was then time for my not so favourite pastime, sanding, and then my even less favourite hobby, painting! it always seems sacrilege to cover up any timber with paint, but it had to be done. Here in Colombia, for some reason all the first aid boxes are green with white writing, however much I want to integrate, that was a step too far, all my medicine cabinets have been white with a red cross on the door, this wasn’t going to be any different.
Once the cabinet had had an undercoat of white emulsion, I assembled the unit with glue, and clamped it, added a few brad nails, and once dry, gloss painted it. The door is attached with three hinges, screwed to the side, and bolted to the door, due to the thickness of the ply, screws were not an option. I used a magnetic catch to hold the door shut, the main part screwed to the side, and the metal plate epoxied to the door. The knob/handle is store bought.
Once the paint had dried, it was mounted to the wall, and filled with our supplies, I thought I would have plenty of space, but as it turned out, there is not much spare!
A simple but useful project.
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