Medicine cabinet

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Project by jeffswildwood posted 02-05-2016 12:38 AM 1213 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a medicine cabinet made for someone who has become my best customer. My Son! While redoing his bath room at his house he removed a mirror revealing a hole where a medicine cabinet had once been. His first question was “Dad, can you make one”? When your Son asks you, you can’t say no so I said “sure”. He looked at pictures and decided on a raised panel, adjustable shelves and stained black.

I started with the box. Joined together with rabbet joints. For the adjustments I used a strip of peg board and a vix bit for accuracy. Shelves are half inch poplar and the hinge is mortised in. To secure to the studs I drilled the holes so a plug cap could be added. The back is a sheet of eighth inch ply also mortised in. For the door I went with mortise and tennon to join together and began the raised panel center. I had never done this before but after several youtube videos I gave it a try. It didn’t come out too bad but I can tell I need more practice to be comfortable with this. I dresses the outside edge with roman ogee. Stained with ebony stain (two coats) and three coats of gloss polyurethane. Topped off with cove trim. My Son was really happy with the results when placed and secured in the wall. I gladly accepted his payment of a “thanks Dad”.

As it turns out this is a milestone of my time on lumberjocks. This is my 50th project post. I look back at prior projects and can really tell how my skills are improving. I think being a member here has a lot to do with that. I want to thank everyone who posts here and on my prior projects and the words of encouragement. I am glad to be here and grateful for all the good friends I have made while being a member. Thank you!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#1 posted 02-05-2016 01:40 AM

Nice work Jeff! That door looks great. Congrats on the 50 projects.

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#2 posted 02-05-2016 02:21 AM

You did a first class job. Great design and finish.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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robert triplett

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#3 posted 02-05-2016 05:16 AM

Nice work. I have found cabinets to be harder than boxes. Maybe just learning a new skill set. Nice to be needed too.

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#4 posted 02-05-2016 11:12 AM

nice cabinet, light interior is a PLUS

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 02-05-2016 12:37 PM

Thanks for comments guys. I appreciate them. I had a lot of fun building this any did learn new skills, the raised panel. The joy is being able to help my Son out.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#6 posted 02-05-2016 12:51 PM

Nice work Jeff. The cabinet looks great. The first time with those router bits gave me a scare. Thought the router table was going to take off. Now you will be on you way to many more raised panel doors

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 02-05-2016 06:33 PM

Dave, thanks guy. I did this with a single blade on a table saw. Still scary!

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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#8 posted 02-05-2016 07:37 PM

Very nice Jeff. Your son is fortunate to have a dad with your skills.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 02-06-2016 12:11 AM

Thanks Lee, I really like helping him out. In turn, he also does all my photography.

-- We all make mistakes, the trick is to fix it in a way that says "I meant to do that".

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 02-06-2016 01:06 AM

Wonderful work, Jeff. And, you’re so right about LJs. Knowing I’m being watched, and encouraged, certainly does give a push up Skill Hill. For instance, I find myself egged on to make the medicine cabinet I’ve been thinking about for a long, long time, now. Thanks, Beloved Buddy.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 02-07-2016 02:04 PM

Great cabinet and 50th project, Jeff! I like that ebony stain on the outside with the light color on the inside. I’ve seen that raised panel on the table saw technique. The YouTubers make it look easy. I’m guessing it is not as easy as they make it look! And, yeah, I have a medicine cabinet on my To Do List as well. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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