Pair of bathroom cabinets

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Project by Douglas posted 12-19-2016 03:03 AM 3344 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some good friends just bought their first house, and as a housewarming gift, I offered to build them this pair of cabinets for their remodeled bathroom. This project was just a design & build, but no finishing required, as my friends were doing that to match their woodwork. These are simple red oak, but I found some fun things to do in them, and I think they came out pretty nicely.

Here’s the initial design I did in Sketchup. I had to make these fit the space.

I wanted them to look different, but repeated, so I used the beadboard panel on both. On the medicine cabinet, I did a 1/8” bead around the mirror panel, and used a hollow and rabbet plane to make the cove moulding.

Thanks for looking.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#1 posted 12-19-2016 04:54 AM

Very nice, like the way you made them different but simular, really like the double doors cabinet, very simple yet elegant design. Well done

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#2 posted 12-19-2016 02:56 PM

I would like to do something similar, as far as the top treatment. Could you share some details, or point me in a good direction for a tutorial of some kind. Building a wall cabinet that looks a bit plain, and that detail is something I think would look nice, but haven’t a clue how to accomplish it.



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#3 posted 12-19-2016 03:48 PM

I really like those. Excellent work.

-- Chuck, Michigan,

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#4 posted 12-19-2016 04:11 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

JD – I assume you’re referring to the top detail on the medicine cabinet. It is just a few simple parts put together. There is the top part that is just above the door, and that forms the top of the main cabinet box. Above that, there are just decorative parts. There is a 3 sided 2” “box”, with a cap/top on that with a simple bevel around 3 sides. with a big overhang. Then I just added a cove moulding. I made mine with a wooden round plane, but you can either buy that pre-milled, or use a router bit, or a plane. Here’s a couple illustrations…

(update, added the mitres to the box corners…)

I hope that helps. Frankly, I don’t entirely like the balance of that part, and should have tweaked the proportions a bit more, but I’m not complaining.

I hope that’s helpful.


-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#5 posted 12-19-2016 04:20 PM


That is exactly what I was talking about. Makes perfect sense, thanks to your illustration. Back to work in the shop to recreate something similar. Thank you again, the cabinets look beautiful!

Is there a term for it? I found an old cabinet on the side of the rd that I restored. The detail at the top is very interesting, and I have seen it many time above entry doors to houses. The moulding at the top goes up toward the center at a 45 from both sides, and then there is a finial in the middle. Would like to research some more ways to accomplish these kinds of things. Just don’t know what they are called.


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#6 posted 12-19-2016 04:30 PM

JD – Well, it’s generally referred to as crown moulding. You can by or make a single piece with a complex profile, or, as I did, build it from a few seperate pieces. Do an image search for crown moulding, and you’ll see lots of pictures referring mostly to the joint between a wall and ceiling, but it is the same idea on top of a cabinet or other furniture.

-- Douglas in Chicago -

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#7 posted 12-19-2016 04:55 PM

Wow! Really nice build Douglas. Much better than any store bought crap.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 12-19-2016 06:50 PM

Nice tight lines. Both look really nice.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 12-21-2016 12:04 PM

great job. beautiful cabinets by themselves and really super together.

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