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Hey, It is Indoors!!! Craftsman-Inspired Bathroom Storage Cabinet

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Project by DeLayne Peck posted 11-07-2017 06:41 PM 2127 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Hey, it’s indoors!!!” That was the attitude toward bathrooms when our Craftsman home was built in 1925. The result was a large, first-floor closet masquerading as a bathroom. The question became how to add period appropriate touches to a modernized bathroom. The answer required building two custom cabinets to fit a hole in the wall over the sink and another to fit a shallow recess in the opposing wall.

The mirrored medicine cabinet over the sink, LJs project 230058, was completed in March 2016. I just finished the matching storage cabinet, 20 months later. What? Well, a sawdust warp hit the shop. And we all know that scrambles shop time and your motivation.

The storage cabinet is red oak, Minwax red oak stain with 3 coats of Poly. It measures 35” W x 31” H and is a shallow 8” deep to fit a recess that is cursedly not rectangular.

Credit to my wife, Joyce, for suggesting a wide 11” top shelf for towel storage. Great idea until the day I pull an avalanche of towels into the stool and catch hell for it.

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





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oldnovice

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#1 posted 11-07-2017 07:06 PM

That is perfect!
Matches the rest of the work you have done.
Updating and maintaining the original style is not an easy task but you seem to have that covered.

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

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Steve Cherry

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#2 posted 11-07-2017 07:46 PM

Beautiful; This is definitely on my to do list also. Nice work and thanks for the inspiration.

-- Steve - Front Royal, VA

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dpow

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#3 posted 11-07-2017 10:11 PM

Looks nice. I like the latch detail. Call me stupid for maybe not knowing the obvious, but what is the chrome piece that looks to be attached to the top right side of the cabinet? No really, its OK, I’ve been called stupid before.

-- Doug

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DeLayne Peck

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#4 posted 11-08-2017 12:38 AM

Doug, it’s a hook for clothing, a towel, a robe, etc. It’s in a handy place right next to the shower. Additionally, it opens a secret passageway to the Strategic Air Command’s underground nerve center.

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

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 11-08-2017 05:43 PM

You did a very creative job on this cabinetry. It looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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DeLayne Peck

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#6 posted 11-08-2017 05:53 PM

Thank you, Brethern for the kind words. After being “blocked” on this project for so long, I am grateful to have it out of the shop, up on the wall, and in use.

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

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dalepage

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#7 posted 11-09-2017 01:55 PM

Nicely done.

May I suggest using quarter sawn oak on the face frames? Our kitchen cabinets have mixed flat sawn and QS wood and it gnaws on my sense of design.

-- Dale

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DeLayne Peck

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#8 posted 11-10-2017 06:18 AM

Dale, good suggestion. Every project results in a short list of “Next Time” personal pledges. More careful lumber purchases and grain matching are on the list.

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

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