A bathroom cabinet for all that stuff!

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About This Project

Whitewood for the box, select pine for the face frame and drawer fronts, 1/8" mdf for the back and drawer bottoms.

Overall measurements: 24x40. I followed the same basic steps as the nursery armoire, but on a much smaller scale and with a 1x3 added to the back for hanging the cabinet on the wall. I sketched this out on my own and built it to fit above the toilet in my girls' bathroom.

For the first time, I used my table saw to route a space for the 1/8" MDF cabinet backing and drawer bottoms. I will probably use the same method again, but the MDF has to be absolutely square for it to work.

Also a first for me, I used a shelving jig to drill perfectly spaced shelf pin holes on the inside of the cabinet. I love the jig and the accompanying drill bit (from Woodcraft -- orange and blue do not carry it) and I'm looking forward to using it a lot more in the future.

The white latex paint finish is covered in Krylon "crystal clear" spray, which is (sadly) not actually crystal clear. I really like its durability and ease of application (re-coat after only one minute!), but will only use it on darker colored projects in the future. I'll have to sand, paint again, and recoat with my old standby, Minwax Polycrylic, to get rid of the yellow tones in the "crystal clear" Krylon spray.

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Estimated Time Investment: 
Weekend Project (10-20 Hours)
Finish Used: 
Spray primer followed by Sherwin-Williams ProClassic semi-gloss white (which I applied in several thinned coats). Krylon not-so "crystal clear" topcoat.
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This looks great and exactly like what I need in my bathroom. I love seeing others creativity...it helps me think of things/realize what I can do by adjusting plans.

This is a really beautiful, professional looking piece!  well done!
I'm sure the picture doesn't convey colours like real life... I can't see the yellowing you speak of... just looks great!

Is there any tricks to hanging the drawers or lining them up?
I am going to tackle 6 drawers on a closet organizer I will be building. Any help would be appreciated.

These drawers were pretty simple -- I face-framed the cabinet and then built the drawers to fit inside the frame. No glides or anything. I rub the bottoms with waxed paper from time to time to keep them sliding easily.

The whole cabinet was easy to hang -- just a 3" wood screw through the 1x3 at the top of the cabinet into the stud behind the cabinet.

My wife has been wanting to make one of these for our bathroom as well. This is perfect! How did you make the doors though? Did you route the rails and place a panel inside?

Actually, I used the table saw to put an 1/8" channel in the narrow side (3/4" edge) of the rails and then slid the panels down into the rails and capped it with the top rail. It was a bit precarious as my table saw isn't really meant to be used this way and I think I nearly lost a finger...more than once. When Norm Abrams did it on TV it looked a lot less dangerous. :)

Since then I've borrowed a friend's router instead. But I've also built doors by attaching the panel to the back and then framing it with pine lattice and I've also used panels cut to the exact size of the door and 1/4" hobby stock to frame the front, laying the hobby stock over the panels and making all the edges flush. Lots of options.