Bathroom Butler

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Project by Wav posted 12-21-2014 01:34 AM 1264 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I call this a Bathroom Butler as it hides spare rolls of tissue and a bathroom brush while allowing easy access to a usable roll of tissue. The piece is designed to add a bit of elegance to the bath.
This piece is made of Southern Yellow Pine. The wood used was “beaded ceiling” scraps. The trim moldings on top and bottom are short scraps of base cap molding. The shelf, top, bottom, and rails and stiles were scrap pieces of 1×8 S4S boards.

-- Maddog Creations

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#1 posted 12-21-2014 02:34 AM

very nice. my wife has wanted one for years, but I don’t think I can make one that nice. Thanks for posting it.

-- Jeff, CT - keep calm and make sawdust

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 03:46 AM

Very nice. I use to make them and the wife would paint them years ago…good sellers. We still have one and I think all our kids still have the ones I built them. Yours is a bit more fancy than ours. thanks for sharing

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 03:57 AM

I’ve made several. I make them for benefits to be auctioned off when I can. They are fairly easy to make.
I take the 7/16×3 1/2 bead board and glue it up to make a panel, it’s much easier to work with a wider panel than several thin boards at a time. After I glue up the panels, I will take and cut a 1/4 “groove in the rails and stiles. If you have problems making the mortise on the rails, you can make 1/4” splines. The rails and stiles are basically a mortised but joint, no need to use fancy joinery, you can use a door set on a router if you want, but it’s not needed. It’s just like making a flat panel door. You only need 3 panels 2 for the sides and one for the door, the back can be made using a piece of 1×8. There are several ways to attach the sides to the back (ie: dowels, biscuits, screws & plugs, or just glued). Use a technique you are comfortable with. The door framing is simply a narrow piece of wood cut to the same size as the 1×8 back. The top and bottom are a piece of 1×8 cut flush with the sides and attached to be even with the sides back and front, the shelf is a smaller piece cut to fit the inside dimension of the box. Attach the shelf before you attach the top, it makes it easier to install. The paper holder is made from 2 pieces of the 1×8 cut out on the band saw and sanded, it should be attached to the top before the top is attached to the box or you’ll have a hard time putting screws in from the underside. The molding is just a few short pieces of base cap molding that is mitered on the front corners and cut even with the back. I put feet on the ones I make to raise it off the floor, I buy those at the home store for less then 2 bucks a set. I use 1” butt hinges to attach the door and a magnetic catch to keep it closed. After you apply the finish of your choice, you’re done. The sizes will depend on the size of the boards and the height of the brush you use. Just measure carefully and cut straight.

-- Maddog Creations

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