Lighted bathroom medicine chest.

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Project by MadMark posted 12-21-2015 07:32 PM 989 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of life’s little peeves is fumbling in the dark for an aspirin or other item at night in the bathroom. This medicine chest is split into his & hers sections, each with an automatic LED lamp and clear shelves to keep you from brushing with Brylcreme!

1/2×3-1/2 S4S oak was used from the local (over priced) big box store. Each door was made with a captive metal insert. I chose this pattern & color, but many variations are available.

The LED lighting and magnetic switches are from, they are a really good vendor for electronic parts & pieces. The back of the top and middle divider were routed out with a 1/4×1/4 dado for use as a wiring chase. From there a 3/16 hole was drilled to meet the shallow, 1/2” dia LED mounting hole. A drop or two of RTV (any clear silicon adhesive/caulk) in the end cap of a diabetic syringe and you have a cheap LED diffuser.

The towel bar was made out a piece of scrap 1/2×1/2 cherry and left as a square profile to keep towels from slipping. The through mortise’s at each end were first drilled and then hand chisled to square. The rod just slides in and could be removed and replaced.

The hinges came with tiny (#2?) Brass screws that snapped when you looked at them. Even though I piloted and ran a stainless screw in first to cut threads, the oak just ate several sets of screw snd required relocation of one of the hinges.

The shelves are Lexan and 3/32 thick. This works as a shelf in this application because the spans are so dhort.


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#1 posted 01-21-2016 03:41 AM

Nice work, I like the decorative element you put in the doors. Very unique.

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#2 posted 01-21-2016 05:35 AM

Medicine chests often have damp / wet objects in them. The screen is used to allow airflow to prevent rising damp.


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