How to Make a Bathroom Cabinet

This simple project for the handyman is illustrated below. It consists of a box-like cabinet, the door of which is fitted with a mirror. The inside of the cabinet is fitted with two shelves and the lower compartment is fronted with a hinged door for the storage of first-aid materials. The dimensions of the cabinet given in the picture below may be altered to suit a particular requirement.

The sides and shelves are made from 4-in by 3/4 in. softwood. The shelves are fitted into the sides with stopped housing joints. The corners of the cabinet are lapped, as described above, and the outside edges of the corners are rounded with a wood file and glass-paper. The parts of the carcass are glued and nailed together with 1-1/2 in. oval nails. The cabinet may be backed with thick hardboard or plywood. If the cupboard is backed two keyhole screw slots, as shown in the illustration could be cut in the back of the cabinet, drilling the hole and cutting the slot with a padsaw. The slotted holes are for the purpose of hanging the cabinet on screws driven into wall-plugs. Alternatively, if the cabinet is not backed, it may be fitted to the wall with mirror plates of the type shown in the illustration below. A shallow recess is cut into the back edge of the top member of the cabinet and the mirror plates are screwed into place.

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The door of the lower compartment is made of the same material as the sides and shelves. It is hinged on the lower edge with butt hinges fitted and should be secured with a small lock. This is necessary when storing first-aid materials in a house where there are children. The key, of course, should be kept in a safe place. The door of the cabinet may consist of a single piece of 9-mm. resin-bonded plywood and faced with a flush edged mirror. The mirror is secured to the door with mirror clips of the type shown in the picture above. Alternatively, the door may be made as a frame in the same way as the cupboard doors, described in the post Making a Fireside Cupboard and the mirror frame inserted in the back of the door in rebates – see Rebated Cupboard Doors.

If the mirror is secured in a rebated frame it should be held in place at the back with thin strips of quarter-round moulding, nailed to the edges of the rebate. The door is best backed with 1/8 in. hardboard or plywood. The door is hung with butt hinges and fitted with a simple catch. For this type of door one of the modern magnetic catches described above will be found very suitable. If the cabinet is fitted with a back, perforated hardboard will be better than solid hardboard, to provide inside ventilation. Before fitting the cupboard in place it should be enamelled inside and out; knot and prime the bare wood, rub down, fill all nail-holes and joint cracks with putty or powder filling, apply two undercoats of a colour in harmony with the finishing coat, and complete the job with a coat of enamel or lacquer.

21. July 2011 by admin
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