Maple Bathroom Cabinets

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Project by ToddE posted 05-08-2009 04:52 AM 4420 views 15 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are two bathroom cabinets I had made for a remodeled bathroom. They are made of hard and soft maple. I found a darker colored maple board that I had set a side for that “special project”. This was the project as it wasn’t a large project and I was able to utilize the dark maple for the raised door panels. All the hardware is matched as Antique Brushed English brass.

I hung the cabinets with french cleats. Which I might add, caused a slight problem because the first picture is one of the cabinets that were hung above a tub. The problem wasn’t the tub though, the cabinet had to be hung against a wall with a pocket door behind it. I messed around a lot trying to use heavy butterfly bolts (5/16”), but the bolts kept dragging across the door when I would close the door. So there was a lot of inserting, cutting and inserting again and again till I got the right length, without touching the door. The cabinets were weighty, so I used one lag screw (into the stud) and two butterfly bolts (into the drywall). Of course, there was only one stud to use behind each cabinet.

My goal was to make the cabinets appear as a piece of furniture, not just medicine cabinets. So I made the bottoms look like they were legs. The customer wanted to hide her bathroom contents, so I suggested the tilt-out drawer instead of the typical open cavity space. It turned out to be a good solution. I didn’t want to put a sliding drawer in, as one of the cabinets are over a tub and the other is over the toilet, so I made a dovetailed box and put in tilt-out hinges. Clear poly finish.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#1 posted 05-08-2009 05:31 AM

Nice bathroom cabinet.

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#2 posted 05-08-2009 05:57 AM

Nice looking cabinets. I’ve added to my Fav’s. Could you let me know the dimensions?

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#3 posted 05-08-2009 05:58 AM

Very nice hanging cabinet.

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#5 posted 05-08-2009 06:24 AM

These cabinets are 26×32 1/2. They were specifically made for the area that they were placed in. Thanks for the nice comments.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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#6 posted 05-08-2009 11:42 AM

Very nice!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 05-08-2009 06:39 PM

That’s something that has been on my “to-do” list for a while now. Great job. Like the tilt drawer. How hard was it to do the drawer. What is the depth of the cabinets?

-- Rick

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#8 posted 05-08-2009 07:16 PM

The tilt-out feature is nice, and I love the dovetail features revealed when you open it. Great job!.

-- Chris

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#9 posted 05-08-2009 07:50 PM

Those turned out really well. Nice work. Adding to favorites for sure. Can I ask how you approached the finish?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#10 posted 05-08-2009 08:17 PM

The drawer was relatively easy. It was just a matter of lining up the front panel of the drawer and then screwing on a box to it. Since it over hung a tub and a toilet, I didn’t want the box inside to just be glued in, so I screwed it in as well. I think it is ugly with the four screws on the inside, but a matter of function over form.
I believe the cabinets were 6” deep. And as far as the finish goes, I sand it like glass first, then I put three layers of clear satin poly on. Sand between each layer, 220, 220, 380. Lastly, I hand rub it with 600 and oil. It really makes the wood shine and makes it almost feel like plastic. I do that with all my projects. I have had people that wanted me to just come to their house and apply the same finish on their projects because they can’t believe how smooth the wood is. It is easier just to give my secrets away : ) Anyway, I appreciate all your kind words. The construction was simply a 3/4” maple plywood box with biscuited face frames and doors and a drawer. Notice the one picture with all the credit cards hanging out….I use these annoying cards I get in the mail for free spacers….best use for those stupid things ever. Keep sending them too me I say! As far as the dovetailing, I do them by hand because I don’t want to take the time to set up that stupid dovetail machine. Maybe when I have nothing else to do one day I will get it out and play with it, but I don’t see that time coming anytime soon.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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