Bathroom wall cabinet

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Project by Douglas posted 11-26-2012 09:59 PM 27425 views 13 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had several good boards of clear pine, and we needed a better cabinet for the bathroom. At first, I was going to do a simple, symmetrical, two-door shaker-style cabinet. Possibly with some open cubbies in the bottom. But as I played around with designs in Sketchup, the two-door symmetrical approach was either too boxy (if the piece was going to be big enough to hold our stuff) or too tiny (if I reduced the size to avoid boxy-ness!).

Finally, I went with this asymmetrical design. It is 2/3 enclosed cabinet with adjustable shelves, and a single door. The other 1/3 is open vertical shelving.

The main body has sides joined to the top and bottom with stopped sliding dovetails. The rest of the joinery was glue, a few screws, and a few 18 gauge brads.

For the past two years I’ve been learning staining, tinting and finishing, and the thought of covering beautiful wood with paint just wasn’t on my radar. This was my first project that I was planning on painting, and it was oddly challenging. I dislike painting things, but for this application, it was appropriate. Knowing I could easily putty over a few brad holes and screw heads, and the paint would hide it, was a big change for me. It changed how I planned the joinery, and finish prep, etc. The actual act of applying the paint sucked; after going through several failed experiments with spraying paint via HVLP or a dedicated (but cheap) paint sprayer (using various mixes, paint additives, etc, etc) I returned to foam brush, many layers, sanding, and babysitting for any globs or runs, etc etc. until it came out right.

I hope this piece lasts so I don’t have to build one and paint it again.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 11-26-2012 10:05 PM

I really like this. The assymetrical design is unique gives it a lot of interest, and I think keeping the side of the open shelves open as well really lightens up the feel of it – as you said, I could see this looking/feeling blocky or bulky, but this one does not. Very nicely done – I may need to steal some ideas from this one.

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#2 posted 11-26-2012 10:08 PM

They are stalwart and pristine.

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#3 posted 11-26-2012 11:02 PM

I like the asymmetrical design. You did a nice job. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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#4 posted 11-27-2012 07:56 AM

Really nice cabinet. Very well done!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 11-27-2012 08:20 PM

Refined …

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#6 posted 08-18-2016 03:46 PM

UPDATE: 4 years later. The cabinet is holding up fine, and I still enjoy it.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#7 posted 02-25-2018 11:34 PM

Hi! Is there any way I can order one of these cabinets?? I LOVE it, but am not handy.
Please let me know,

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