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Project by Tokolosi posted 875 days ago 1097 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this medicine cabinet for our guest bathroom. It replaced the white sheet metal contractors grade cabinet that came with the house. It was a trial for me. I have never made a cabinet of any sort. I learned so much. The door joints are half lapped. I initially intended to use countersunk european style hinges but made an error in calculating the width I would need for those and had to modify the door to accept standar hinges. The box is Baltic Birch plywood and the rest is oak from a packing crate. I even salvaged the mirror from the old medicine cabinet. It is finished in Danish oil and paste wax.

Had a lot of fun making it.

Ps. I intended to do a stained glass insert but was over ruled by the two females in my home who said they need all the mirror they can get. I’m smarter than to try and fight that battle.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien





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BinghamtonEd

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#1 posted 875 days ago

Very nice, I like the reused aspect of it. Must have been a nice packing crate!

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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doncutlip

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#2 posted 874 days ago

Nice, and I’m sure much better looking that a metal one.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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Tokolosi

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#3 posted 874 days ago

Thank you for the compliments.

And yes Donutclip, even with all the mistakes its a hands down improvement over the sheetmetal monstrosity. Now I need to make two more for the other bathrooms.

BinghamptonEd, I have found a dental supply co that have wonderfull new looking pallets and their office manager loves when I come by because I rid her of a problem. And Im too happy to oblige. Lots of oak and poplar. Some made of what appears to be store bought finished lumber. Im not complaining.

-- “There is nothing like looking, if you want to find something. You certainly usually find something, if you look, but it is not always quite the something you were after.” ~ JRR Tolkien

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balidoug

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#4 posted 874 days ago

You show great wisdom both in your craftsmanship and in dealing with those who share your house. BTW, in two years I’ve yet to get a hinge right on the first try.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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vipond33

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#5 posted 863 days ago

I just love wall built in cabs and this one looks great. But I think you should have held your ground on the stained glass, cause that’s one honkin big mirror already in the room!

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 747 days ago

Nice medicine!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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