DIY Furniture: Bathroom Cabinet Design

MOTHER's DIY bathroom cabinet design article offers instructions and diagram to build your own bathroom furniture.



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Do you welcome the convenience of a medicine cabinet but cringe at the typical offering's institutional appearance?
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Through mortise and tenon joints at thedoor corners are easy to make and offer a pleasing contrast between side and end grain. The joints are pinned with short wire brads. Magnetic catches are used because they're in expensive and self-aligning.
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The shelf tracks fit into 3/16 inch by 5/8 inch dado grooves cut into the vertical frame members. Notice that the rail and stile facer strips are merly butt-jointed, and fastened to the cabinet frame with deep-set casing nails. The holes are filled and sanded flush.
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Full-length continuous hinges are attractive and support the door frames evenly; they're fastened to the inner stiles. Cutting 1/2 inch by 1/2 inch rabbets into the door frames creates enough recess to accommodate the mirror glass, the backing, and the retaining strips.
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A full-width cleat recessed into notches cut into the upper corners of the inner frame members supports the cabinet for surface mounting. The cleat is fastened to the two inner uprights and through the outer frame members with countersunk wood screws.
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Diagram of MOTHER's home built medicine cabinet.
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