Life as an Amateur Woodworker #72: Financially limited!

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by PhilBello posted 03-26-2016 02:41 AM 1100 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 71: Yet Another Router Table Part 72 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 73: Scrapwood Challenge! »

My woodwork seems to have come to a grinding halt, unfortunately my car needs major work on it, which has bit deeply into my finances, so woodwork is confined to using what wood I have in stock for the time being, not ideal, but I have a string of medical appointments coming up, so maybe it has come at the right time…if there is such a thing!

A couple of days ago, I decided that it was time to make a medicine cabinet for the house, I had some plywood sitting about waiting for a project, now was the time to use it.

The first thing to decide was size, it needed to be wall mounted, in an upstairs toilet / store-room, so space was a consideration. I decided on 24” high, by 15” wide, by 4” deep.

I cut the back and sides from 15mm ply, the shelves and door would be from 6mm ply.

Having cut the parts, I then cut half laps on the sides, to attach them to the back, followed by dados in the sides and back, to accept the shelves.

Once everything was cut, I did a dry-fit…so far so good!

It was then time for my not so favourite pastime, sanding, and then my even less favourite hobby, painting! it always seems sacrilege to cover up any timber with paint, but it had to be done. Here in Colombia, for some reason all the first aid boxes are green with white writing, however much I want to integrate, that was a step too far, all my medicine cabinets have been white with a red cross on the door, this wasn’t going to be any different.

Once the cabinet had had an undercoat of white emulsion, I assembled the unit with glue, and clamped it, added a few brad nails, and once dry, gloss painted it. The door is attached with three hinges, screwed to the side, and bolted to the door, due to the thickness of the ply, screws were not an option. I used a magnetic catch to hold the door shut, the main part screwed to the side, and the metal plate epoxied to the door. The knob/handle is store bought.

Once the paint had dried, it was mounted to the wall, and filled with our supplies, I thought I would have plenty of space, but as it turned out, there is not much spare!

A simple but useful project.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

2 comments so far

View DocSavage45's profile


8881 posts in 3444 days

#1 posted 03-26-2016 05:03 AM

Hey Phil,

I call it the First Aid cabinet. Which should be in my shop.

At least i have a large fire extinguisher. Lots of wood. Had similar issue with my 3/4 ton 1990 chevy pick up. Went to the mechanic and asked what a tune up runs. my client load is waaaay down, It’s been a few years since a tune up. Turns out I didn’t remember that I did it. LOL! Still has painters tape on spark plug wires, which is how I knew it was me.

For me a medicine cabinet is in bathroom with vanity mirror on doors.

Using what we have on hand. Wabi-Sabi.

Oh yeah , for awhile I was stationed in Hawaii during Vietnam era. Built a desk from mahogany plywood which is the construction wood there.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

View PhilBello's profile


411 posts in 2569 days

#2 posted 03-26-2016 03:48 PM

I have more accidents in the house than the shop Tom ha! ha! saying that I do have a small kit in the shop, alongside my extinguisher! I could do with some mahogany plywood, that wood just complete my dreams …lol

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

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