LumberJocks

Craftsman style medicine cabinet

  • Advertise with us

« back to Designing Woodworking Projects forum

Forum topic by BrianG0714 posted 08-13-2017 01:54 AM 335 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View BrianG0714's profile

BrianG0714

6 posts in 770 days


08-13-2017 01:54 AM

Topic tags/keywords: craftsman medicine cabinet

I want to build a craftsman style medicine cabinet. I have found a picture of one I like but can’t find any plans. Is there somewhere I can buy or get free plans? I don’t mind buying plans if I can find what I want.

-- Brian, Olathe KS


14 replies so far

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

3051 posts in 2029 days


#1 posted 08-13-2017 06:41 AM

Show us the picture of the one you like. It could save a lot of time if someone helps you search for a plan.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View BrianG0714's profile

BrianG0714

6 posts in 770 days


#2 posted 08-13-2017 04:56 PM

Here is a photo of one my wife likes. I could probably figure out how to do this without plans but I would like plans to get proportions of the different pieces. Especially the top with the corbels and the door frames.
Thanks for the help.

-- Brian, Olathe KS

View Madmark2's profile

Madmark2

316 posts in 308 days


#3 posted 08-13-2017 05:22 PM

Buy the mirrors first! … all else depends on their dimensions.

M

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

3051 posts in 2029 days


#4 posted 08-13-2017 05:22 PM

Surface mount or recessed into the wall

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View RichTaylor's profile (online now)

RichTaylor

1320 posts in 309 days


#5 posted 08-13-2017 05:26 PM



Buy the mirrors first! … all else depends on their dimensions.

M

- Madmark2

I buy my glass from a custom shop. He can make any dimension, dual or single pane, you name it. He also does mirrors and bevels. I’m sure most cities have such a business, if not, you can order online.

Buying the glass first and building a cabinet around it is backwards.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

3051 posts in 2029 days


#6 posted 08-13-2017 05:36 PM



Buy the mirrors first! … all else depends on their dimensions.

M

- Madmark2

Good point. You can order custom cut beveled mirrors to fit your needs.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View Madmark2's profile

Madmark2

316 posts in 308 days


#7 posted 08-13-2017 05:38 PM

So you want to pay full bore for custom work instead of a stock blank? Glasswork isn’t as precise as woodwork typically 1/4”. You’ll get better results with glass in hand than without. Get the glass, get the actual dims and build to fit. You can then drop in the mirrors at the end of the project and be done instead of taking your final dims and waiting a week for mirrors that might fit. Yeah this is backwards but better.

M

View jbay's profile

jbay

1571 posts in 619 days


#8 posted 08-13-2017 05:43 PM

I’ve order hundreds of pieces of glass,
I would build what I want with the measurements and proportions I want then order glass to fit.
I would not let a stock blank (if there is such a thing) dictate the size of my cabinet.

-- If anyone would like to see my Portfolio, PM me and I would be glad to send you the link.

View RichTaylor's profile (online now)

RichTaylor

1320 posts in 309 days


#9 posted 08-13-2017 05:46 PM


So you want to pay full bore for custom work instead of a stock blank? Glasswork isn t as precise as woodwork typically 1/4”. You ll get better results with glass in hand than without. Get the glass, get the actual dims and build to fit. You can then drop in the mirrors at the end of the project and be done instead of taking your final dims and waiting a week for mirrors that might fit. Yeah this is backwards but better.

M

- Madmark2

You need to work with better suppliers. My guy gets it exact and his prices are excellent. If he didn’t, I’d find someone who did. An exception might be if you had panels in hand that you wanted to use, then there’d be no other option.

-- No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

3051 posts in 2029 days


#10 posted 08-13-2017 06:46 PM

Anyway back to the OP, this would be pretty easy to make your own plan. Its a nutshell it a box with a face frame, inset doors and and a little ginger bread.

For proportions ? Depends, the depth of the cabinet if recessed the wall cavity will pretty much dictate depth unless you want it to stand proud of the wall for some reason . Overall size I’d start with roughly the golden mean and see where that gets you. Style and rails you can make mock ups out of cardboard until you get what you want. You could easily mock-up the whole front with cardboard.

If its surface mount it can be anything you like but I wouldn’t make it to deep. Figure out what you want to put in it and go from there. Unless you live out in a remote place there are plenty of medicine cabinets store to look at for sizes and depth.

It could be a good learning process for you.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View Rick M's profile

Rick M

9925 posts in 2100 days


#11 posted 08-13-2017 07:34 PM



- BrianG0714

There isn’t a plan for everything so you’ll have to do some legwork (or find a plan that you like). One old school way to get your measurements from a photo is using dividers but it requires you know one dimension. (all numbers ahead are made up) For sake of argument say the overall width of the cabinet is 30”. Print the photo and set your dividers or compass to the height and step it off across the known width. Let’s say the height is about 2/3 the width, so that’s 20”. Next set the dividers to the stiles, walk them across the cabinet width, and say it’s 6.5 steps or about 4-5/8”. That way you can get your measurements. (Note: because of the angle of the cabinet in the photo, this will only be an approximation but it’ll be close enough)

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

View BrianG0714's profile

BrianG0714

6 posts in 770 days


#12 posted 08-13-2017 09:37 PM

I already have mirrors and I have a medicine cabinet I’m replacing. So I can get depth, height and width. Because it’s on an exterior wall it can’t be recessed. I can figure out everything on my own but it is easier with plans. The only things I’m not sure about I guess is the piece above the doors and how wide the top is. Does the piece above the door just sit in a notch in each side? This is only my fourth large project since I was out of high school, which was longer ago than I can remember, so I just feel better if I have plans. Even if I don’t make it the exact size of the plans. I will try to figure this out and I will end up with a nice medicine cabinet or expensive firewood. I’m assuming the top is 3/4 stock so I can figure out some dimensions based on that.

-- Brian, Olathe KS

View AlaskaGuy's profile

AlaskaGuy

3051 posts in 2029 days


#13 posted 08-13-2017 10:25 PM


I already have mirrors and I have a medicine cabinet I m replacing. So I can get depth, height and width. Because it s on an exterior wall it can t be recessed. I can figure out everything on my own but it is easier with plans. The only things I m not sure about I guess is the piece above the doors and how wide the top is. Does the piece above the door just sit in a notch in each side? This is only my fourth large project since I was out of high school, which was longer ago than I can remember, so I just feel better if I have plans. Even if I don t make it the exact size of the plans. I will try to figure this out and I will end up with a nice medicine cabinet or expensive firewood. I m assuming the top is 3/4 stock so I can figure out some dimensions based on that.

- BrianG0714


All the information would have been very helpful had it been it your first post.

-- Alaskan's for Global warming!

View Rick M's profile

Rick M

9925 posts in 2100 days


#14 posted 08-14-2017 04:55 AM

Basically what you have is a 5 sided box with front + moldings. So everything you see in front is separate from the box behind it. Top and corbels are added last.

-- http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com