|Project by Bill||posted 03-30-2008 07:41 PM||2600 views||0 times favorited||10 comments|
My latest project was this bathroom cabinet. The cabinet was designed to fit into the bathroom in the shop. The overall measurements are 32” tall by 28” wide by 8” deep. The idea behind the cabinet was to build it with the available cutoffs and lumber I already had onhand.
The cabinet was built in sections. The frame was made from Poplar, and was basically a rectangular box. The outside of the frame was covered with 3/4” Red Oak plywood (overkill but what I had left from some previous projects). Inside, the cabinet was lined with 1/4” Red Oak plywood. The single shelf was made from 3/4” plywood.
The face frame was made with Oak, but as individual pieces instead of a single frame mounted on the cabinet. The doors were made with Oak, and featured the 1/4” plywood for the panels. The cabinet attaches to the wall with a set of french cleats to provide the extra strength to hold this monster up.
The finish was a mission oak stain, and three layers of amber shellac.
This was my first wall mounted cabinet, so I used it as a learning experience. In the course of building the cabinet, I learned a few valuable lessons. I am sure Dennis can give me some great pointers on how to make the next one. But, the lessons were:
1. It is not necessary to use 3/4” plywood for a wall mounted cabinet that is not holding heavy items.
2. Pieces should be finished before assembly, especially the internal ones (ok, so I knew this but needed a refresher).
3. Door frames should be edged on the inside edges before cutting the grooves for the panel.
4. It is not necessary to have a frame for 3/4” plywood cabinets, especially for light use.
5. I can make decent cabinets after all.
This was a great learning project, and also helped use up some of my leftovers to clear the shop. I am looking forward to building more in the future.
-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com