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White Oak Raised and Fielded Panel Bathroom Cabinet (for sink)

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Project by Yewtube posted 08-21-2013 10:22 AM 1426 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is essentially a sink stand designed to have a porcelain sink atop. The cupboard beneath is to store all the bathroom bits and also hides the soil and waste plumbing from the plug to the outlet in the wall behind the cabinet.

It’s a mortise and tenon’d frame. The side panels are housed into the frame sides with routed channels. The whole thing is solid AWO with the exception of the 1/4” side panels which are veneer’d MDF or ply I forget which.

The doors are all solid with the central raised and fielded panel having been edge jointed out of two boards and then re-saw’d to thickness on the bandsaw. The doors were fabricated using a bit matching set on a router table and were really the most intensive part of the project.

All the timber was bought in the rough and milled to dimension in my shop. The pictures you see are unfinished because the client (my brother) wasn’t sure what would work is his bathroom hence when it was in situ, he made the call. Which was an orange oil….I dearly wish I had snaps of the final piece in situ because the orange oil is the best finish for oak I’ve ever discovered. It has a nutty “old brown” quality to it that is just sublime. It smells nice too :-)

The floor is flush with the cabinet rails (or is it styles I always forget which is which) and underneath the floor supports had to be constructed to allow the waste pipe to go down centrally before it vents through the bathroom wall (hidden from view). So the “joists” for the floor were constructed with mini mortise and tenon joinery using a Festool domino and then pocket hole screwed to the rails lowered by exactly the thickness of the floor so the floor would lie flush once installed.

The hinges are mortised at double depth into the doors so I didn’t have to worry about mortising the cabinet itself and yet they sit perfectly flush. I really like this little “cheat” because it enabled me to rout the mortises with a shop built simple template that would have been a lot more cumbersome to access on the cabinet itself. Doing it this way meant I could mount the doors on my bench and just rout two (double depth) mortises and then chop the corners square by hand.

What I’ll do is ask my brother to take some snaps of the finished in situ item and mail them so I can draw the pictorial curtain on this project since even I don’t yet have any final pics myself.

I also made some matching, floor to ceiling narrow airing cupboard doors for the same room. But that’s another project….that’s right….a cliff hanger :-)

-- Cheers - Rob





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#1 posted 08-21-2013 11:00 AM

It looks great! Nice work.

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 11:49 AM

Wonderful work and a nice design Rob. I love your idea with the hinges. Totally new to me. White oak is one of my favorite woods to work with, and of course it is beautiful too. I can’t wait to see your cabinet with the orange oil finish. Great first project post that shows that you are quite a skilled woodworker with some new ideas. I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work.

You can reorient you last photo in the edit mode in your computer photo gallery. It’s the two opposing arrows icon in case you are not familiar with it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 12:28 PM

you are very kind gentlemen.

I must confess Mike that I’ve not actually seen it with the sink installed yet myself. My brother was having a granite custom top made which he has now done and installed. I only got to the waste pipe and cabinet install stage…he finished it (he lives a 3 hour drive away). I’ll get on to my brother for the pics.

That double depth hinge mortise trick was an idea I pinched off another cabinet I was closely observing whilst round a buddies house. I frequently get strange looks from people who don’t know me as I’m on my back examining an interesting piece of joinery in a public place :-)

One last point, me being thick I guess…...I’ve entered gallery mode to find only the project title picture is displayed. On entry to the project edit mode, I cant find any rotation or other edit functionality, only a remove button?? Help is always appreciated.

-- Cheers - Rob

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 01:32 PM

Very nice build, looks good.

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 05:30 PM

You done a great job.

-- Todd

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#6 posted 08-21-2013 06:32 PM

You can’t edit the photo in LJ Rob, you have to do it in your computer’s photo gallery. If you have a MAC the edit program comes with iPhoto. Just select your thumbnail photo and click on the edit icon at the lower right of your window. Windows works in a similar fashion, but I can’t remember the details right offhand.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-22-2013 01:40 AM

Righto Mike. Thanks again.

-- Cheers - Rob

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#8 posted 08-22-2013 08:16 AM

Nice build there, it’s going to need one heck of a great sink as its going to be a center piece. I like the beefy bulk of solid wood for this sink cabinet stand.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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#9 posted 08-22-2013 08:17 AM

nice job

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#10 posted 08-22-2013 09:00 AM

Again….thanks for the comments, its most kind of you. Its funny, posting this has got my juices flowing for how it looks in situ with the sink on. After I installed it for my brother, it got left because his custom granite sink hadn’t yet been delivered. I’ve not been back so the story is incomplete. I guess I’d pretty much forgotten about it. All this chat about it has re-awakened my curiosity at how it finished up.

In the same bathroom, he has a floor to ceiling cupboard that houses the boiler for the heating. We call that an airing cupboard here in the UK, not sure if that translates as I know a lot of you guys have boilers in basements. What often happens here is those cupboards get loose pine shelving and then towels and bedding tend to get stored there, benefitting from the borrowed heat.

So at the same time as doing the sink stand I also made a pair of matching oak doors for that cupboard from the same stock. Following the same style I did 2 fielded panels per door as they were narrow and couldn’t take 4. I will post them in a separate project thread but regrettably I didn’t take many pics and they were with a dreaded phone camera so the quality is rubbish.

Anyway, thanks again for the kind comments it is appreciated.

-- Cheers - Rob

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#11 posted 08-22-2013 09:24 AM

Ha ha, I’ve just discovered this image which was the temporary solution he used while I was making the cabinet

-- Cheers - Rob

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#12 posted 08-22-2013 09:48 AM

-- Cheers - Rob

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#13 posted 08-22-2013 11:06 AM

You cabinet is quite an improvement Rob!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 08-23-2013 03:33 AM

Nice job. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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