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Blog entry by Sandking posted 06-08-2009 08:09 PM 1021 reads 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Trying to make some more storage space in a small house is difficult. While pondering this issue in my office I looked up and realized the wall in front of me is wasted space. So out came the drywall saw and the sawzall for a built in medicine cabinet. The dimensions are 66” x 24” x 5” made from ¾” poplar. All the wood was rough and milled in my garage (and my wife wants to know why projects take so long). This was the first time I made doors so I think they came out ok.

Sketchup model:

Laying out the grid for drilling the shelf holes. Of course I bought 5mm brackets and not 1/4” so I couldn’t use pegboard as a guide. My Incra T-rules work awesome for laying out things like this!!!

Holes being drilled:

Routing the middle dado and the rabbits for case glueup:

Dry fit:

While planning one of the side boards it got caught on my dust collector so I got a really deep snipe at the end. No worries because I’m painting it, a little bondo will make everything better:

All set for door measurement:

Dryfit into the location. My bathroom is really small so I couldn’t back up enough to get it in one picture unless I cut a hole through the kitchen ;>)

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....



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Jon3

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#1 posted 06-08-2009 09:50 PM

You mention that the doors are done, but I don’t see any panels or glass inserts? Were you intending to do that later, or leave the raised doors empty?

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Sandking

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 04:17 PM

Sorry the doors are 3/4 done. I have to rout out the back of the groove still and figure out what I’m going to do inside. Originally I was going to do frosted glass (my wife doesn’t want to have people sit on the toilet and read what’s in the cabinet) but thought with the bathroom door opening into the cabinet it might not be a good idea. So I think what I might do is either:

1) Take Plexiglas and hit it with my orbital sander to get a frost look (don’t know how good that will look) or,

2) I found in Home Depot a piece of crackle plastic (the type that you put in a drop ceiling to cover a florescent light) but it’s too thin and flimsy. So if I take that plus a piece of Plexiglas in front of it I think that would look better.

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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mtkate

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#3 posted 06-11-2009 01:55 PM

Wow. Your 9th picture down is exactly what I did in my small bathroom. I cut the drywall and put two sets of shelves like that (same exact dadoes and joints!) one on top of the other. It was in pine, and I stained and varnished it. I left it hanging out from the wall about 1” with open shelving so when you are sitting on the pot – you can reach the magazine rack on the bottom (I simply put dowels across to keep them in the bottom part) and look at whatever nice knicknack happens to be displayed at eye level. It’s a great solution for a small bathroom.

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Sandking

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#4 posted 06-11-2009 04:58 PM

Sounds good, do you have any pics of your cabinet?

-- The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary....

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mtkate

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#5 posted 06-11-2009 07:05 PM

You prompted me to take pictures. I had to sit down for that :)

I just posted the shelves together with the associated bathroom vanity project I did:

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/17969

The shelving are the last two pictures.

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John Gray

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#6 posted 06-11-2009 07:14 PM

Nice job!!! I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.

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