Medicine cabinet

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Project by maxomatic posted 05-11-2011 07:58 PM 1749 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A simple medicine cabinet, project #2 for me. For this I had acquired a router and table, which I found plenty of things to do with. The carcase (is that the right term?) is made of poplar, I routed rabbets and dadoes for all the joinery. The face is poplar & pine, pocket screwed together and glued on. I routed a decorative edge and butt hinge mortises. The door is frame and panel, I meant to make it mortise and tenon but messed it up and had to go with pocket screws again. To match our bathroom vanity, I sprayed it with enamel.

All of my projects to date I have designed in sketchup and used printouts from that and my memory for the plans. Sometimes it doesn’t work out quite the way I thought it would, but I always learn something. I’ve been watching lots of Marc Spagnuolo, Woodsmith Shop on PBS, and reading a basics of woodworking book. I expect I’ll make something from someone else’s plans eventually, I think I could learn a lot that way, but I enjoy designing as much as building.

-- I cut it three times and it's STILL too short!

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Paul Pomerleau

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#1 posted 05-11-2011 08:29 PM

Very nicely done.
I too am new here, welcome aboard.
Keep up the good work.

-- Close to Ottawa Ontario Canada

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#2 posted 05-11-2011 08:36 PM

Welcome aboard! That’s one heck of a 2nd project! I like the proportions and I wouldn’t beat yourself up about rail and stile construction. If you don’t have a quality bit set, you owe it to yourself as a reward for this project. I’ve had to rally with pocket joinery many times. I admire you for enameling poplar, choosing a quality substrate for your work. I wish you many happy projects in the future.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#3 posted 05-12-2011 02:39 AM

Great job Maxomatic.
I struggled through several projects and techniques to build doors. One of the best investments I have made was a rail and style bit set.
Don’t worry about not exactly following a plan. Soon you will learn to keep a lot of that back and if anyone comments on something you simply say “yes, I’m glad you noticed that. It was part of the plan from the start.”

-- Website is finally up and

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 12:44 AM

Nice looking medicine cabinet.

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