Old Projects #15: Bathroom Medicine Chest

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Blog entry by Madmark2 posted 01-26-2021 11:57 PM 473 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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One of life’s little peeves is fumbling in the dark for an aspirin or other item at night in the bathroom. This medicine chest is split into his & hers sections, each with an automatic LED lamp and clear shelves to keep you from brushing with Brylcreme!

His & Hers lighted medicine chest.

1/2” × 3-1/2” S4S oak was used from the local (over priced) big box store. Each door was made with a captive metal insert. I chose this pattern & color, but many variations are available.

The LED lighting and magnetic switches are from, they are a really good vendor for electronic parts & pieces. The back of the top and middle divider were routed out with a 1/4” sq dado for use as a wiring chase. From there a 3/16” hole was drilled to meet the shallow, 1/2” dia LED mounting hole. A drop or two of RTV (any clear silicon adhesive/caulk) in the end cap of a diabetic syringe and you have a cheap LED diffuser.

Each side lights up independently and automatically when opened.

The doors are held closed by magnetic catches. These had to be located well away from the magnetic reed alarm sw’s to prevent interactions.

The towel bar was made out a piece of scrap 1/2” × 1/2” cherry and left as a square profile to keep towels from slipping. The through mortise’s at each end were first drilled and then hand chisled to square. The rod just slides in and could be removed and replaced.

The hinges came with tiny (#2?) brass screws that snapped when you looked at them. Even though I piloted and ran a stainless screw in first to cut threads, the oak just ate several sets of screws and required relocation of one of the hinges.

The shelves are Lexan and 3/32” thick. This works as a shelf in this application because the spans are so short.

A couple of nice crackle finish pulls complete the piece.

-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#1 posted 01-28-2021 03:46 PM

Is there a beer fridge in the his half? Beer works better than aspirin... they both have a plant source, however, you get to stomp on the beer can!

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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