Simple Medicine Cabinet

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Project by jmos posted 06-27-2012 03:04 PM 1409 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Our powder room had no medicine cabinet, and we needed something to keep things out of the reach of the kids, so I made this simple medicine cabinet. It’s red oak with birds eye maple door panels. there are through tenons on the top and bottom. Two doors with mortise and tenon joints, the panel sits inside a groove in the door. There is a face frame to support the doors and cover the shelf dados. Two shelves inside in simple dados. 1/4” ply back.

This was another good learning project; figured out how quickly a random orbit sander can eat up through tenons. You can still see the damage if you look, but most don’t.

It’s 16”wide, 23.5” tall and 4” deep. Stained with water based poly finish.

-- John

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#1 posted 06-27-2012 03:36 PM

A nice clean project and very useful. Good work.


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#2 posted 06-27-2012 03:54 PM

Great job. I like the look of the Oak with that finish. The Maple is a nice compliment to the Oak. Very good idea to keep stuff away from small people. One of my sister’s children died from getting into medicine. a good latch might be a good idea also.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#3 posted 06-27-2012 04:55 PM

Great job, Nice contrast.

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#4 posted 06-27-2012 06:00 PM

I like the way the Oak “frames” the beautiful Maple !
Very nice project and well done : )

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#5 posted 06-28-2012 01:46 AM

Very nice.

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#6 posted 06-28-2012 02:40 AM

That’s a beautiful cabinet. The Red Oak & Birds Eye Maple are a great combination! Well Done!

How did you stain/finish the Oak? I love that color Oak!

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#7 posted 06-28-2012 12:22 PM

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#8 posted 06-28-2012 03:22 PM

Thank you for all the kind words.

Robert, that is truly a tragedy. I can’t begin to imagine how we would deal with that. I’ll have to give some thought to a latch; when it first went up the kids couldn’t reach it, but now they can (with a stool).

Dan, the finish is General Finishes Vintage Cherry water based dye stain, a seal coat of 1lb blonde shellac, and a couple top coats of GF water based poly. All brushed; haven’t ventured into spraying yet.

Thanks again!

-- John

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