Craftsman Inspired Medicine Cabinet with Hidden Compartment

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 03-06-2016 06:08 AM 1571 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The bath room in our 1925 Craftsman style was horrid, at least until my wife launched a massive, multi-million dollar remodel. OK, but is seemed like it. Her decorative flair left an ugly hole in the wall where the original medicine cabinet once was. So began a frustrating trail of tears.

My design goal was to keep it “Craftsmanny.” clean and simple. The 18” x 29” cabinet is solid, “crazy grain” red oak to match the wood work in the rest of our home. High polish chrome fitting match the other bathroom fixtures. I selected long pin, ball top hinges, visible in picture 3, for their appearance. The hinge plates, knuckles, and ball pins are inlaid to make an unintended use work. Hear screaming and see Centering Hinge Screws.

The hidden compartment? Hell, I don’t know why. I liked the grain in the cover and our barrister bookcases dared me to try it. The cover pulls straight out, fabricated brass hooks catch two dowel pins, and the cover folds down. This was high precision trial and error. Hear more screaming.

What am I hiding? Secret guy stuff: tooth paste, a comb, razor, trimmer, fly rods, etc.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#1 posted 03-06-2016 12:40 PM

It looks “Craftsmanny” to me; nice work.

-- Doug

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#2 posted 03-06-2016 12:53 PM

Great design and nicely constructed! Looks great and certainly has a “Craftsmanny” feel in its appearance. And, I have a 7-piece fly rod that would fit nicely in your hiddy hole.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#3 posted 03-06-2016 01:02 PM

I love it! It’s a beautiful piece of work.
As to the hidden compartment, my 9MM would fit…but, who needs a gun in the bath room?

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 03-06-2016 03:16 PM

Toilet training

-- "Experience is what you get the day after you needed it" Mark Twain

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#5 posted 03-06-2016 03:33 PM

Very nice. I would think your wife is happy with this.

-- Father of two sons. Both Eagle Scouts.

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#6 posted 03-06-2016 04:01 PM

nice work

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#7 posted 03-06-2016 04:39 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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DeLayne Peck

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#8 posted 03-06-2016 07:26 PM

Thank you, Brethren for the kind words! Here’s the rest of the screaming: this was a 7 month long project. I started last September. My knee got so bad I worked at it in 15 minute shots. Knee replacement in October. Drugs, ice bags, and bitter cold kept me out of my garage shop until recently. I had hoped, but it wasn’t recreational surgery.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#9 posted 03-06-2016 07:41 PM

Great job! As a kid my favorite book was about a family that moved into an old Victorian house, the kids found an old letter with the combination to a safe hidden somewhere in the house and started a treasure hunt, looked EVERYWHERE and finally found it in the bathroom behind the medicine cabinet. Always wanted to do that in my house, maybe someday when I have something valuable to hide. Thanks for sharing, and hope the knee is feeling better.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 03-06-2016 11:09 PM

Leafherder, when we took down the 80’s phony wood medicine cabinet, we did find a note from previous family and newspaper. Vaguely interesting, big Treasury would have been better.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#11 posted 03-06-2016 11:25 PM

Nice job. I like the hidden compartment. It’s always great to find these in old desks, cabinets, etc.
I have opened up several bathroom walls in older homes and you have to be careful and watch out for razor blades. Lots of the older metal cabinets had a slot in them where you could…and people did… discard used razor blades that would then up in the wall cavity. Kevlar gloves help.

Pat McGuire


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#12 posted 03-06-2016 11:51 PM

Unique project and very well done. Great job!

-- Dave, York, PA, WildSide Woodworking

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#13 posted 03-07-2016 01:22 AM

Great looking medicine cabinet—a fine addition to your bathroom!

-- Dean

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#14 posted 03-07-2016 01:29 AM

That’s absolutely beautiful. I’m thinking my wife is going to want one.

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#15 posted 03-09-2016 01:11 AM

I need to make some new ones for our bathrooms and you are my inspiration!
I have plenty of oak so all I need is for you to bring your talent to my shop.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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