Bathroom Cabinetry

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Project by SteveL posted 11-11-2018 03:02 AM 682 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Connor and I redid the second floor bathroom, painting, cleaning up the tile, and installing new light fixtures and such, so I decided that the circa 1950s metal medicine cabinet with it’s mirror door, had to go, as did a similar rusty old radiator cover. I set out to make my 3rd medicine cabinet, this time out of quarter sawn white oak. At the same time, I made a radiator cover and a little wall shelf to hold extra soap, cotton balls and such. We have a 1920s house built toward the end of the Arts and Crafts era, so I wanted these pieces to reflect that style too. The little shelf has two thin panels that act as shelf supports with a scroll saw tulip design. I made flush square pegs to hold the tenons and for decoration for the medicine cabinet and the shelf. The radiator cover fits into a tiled alcove where the radiator sits.

The finish is Van Dyke crystals in water (mixed ahead of time) and then next day, a very light sanding to remove the raised grain. Next 50:50 mineral spirits and boiled linseed oil with a drop of japan dryer. Next day, Bartley’s Golden Oak Gel Stain wiped on, set 10 minutes then wiped off. Next day and for 4 days after, I used Zissner Bullseye Amber Shellac cut 50:50 with denatured alcohol. 24 hours after each coat of shellac, I sanded with 320 grit and wiped it down with a tack cloth before applying the next coat. (Oh and before I started all this I ordered the bevel edged, 1/4” thick mirror ‘cause they always take a while.) Finally, I diluted Minwax Fast-Drying Polyurethane 50:50 with mineral spirits and put two coats of that on to protect from water (always an issue in the bath). A coat of wax was the final touch. Finishing is about 2/3rds of my projects it seems at least in wall clock time. The wood all came from Spacht’s Sawmill. I only wish he’d saw more QS White Oak! The mirror is heavy, so I used good quality hinges supplied by Horton Brasses.

-- SteveL

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#1 posted 11-11-2018 12:56 PM

Turned out great

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#2 posted 11-11-2018 01:40 PM

Very nice. Do you have a wide shot of the entire bathroom so we can see all of the pieces in the same picture?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 11-11-2018 01:52 PM

Thanks – sorry, no wide angle lens (it’s a small bathroom)!

-- SteveL

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#4 posted 11-11-2018 10:06 PM

Steve, this is very nice looking. I especially like your tulips which are a tasty extra touch. You have way more patience for finishing than I do. This all makes for a wonderful addition to your home.

-- Art

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#5 posted 11-12-2018 01:13 PM

I too want to see a wide shot of the finished bathroom! Looks great. Love the tulips!

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#6 posted 11-12-2018 03:21 PM

Friends, they are on three different walls, so short of a fisheye lens I don’t think we can fit it all in. Nevertheless I post two shots of the little shelf as completed. After I plugged the mounting screw locations with slices of a 1” dowel and finished it, I decided it looked a bit like a frog, so I should have provided only two square peg “nostrils” not three!

Oh yes, and in the spirit of “full-disclosure”—”why plug mounting hole locations at all, why not use a key slot router bit,” you ask? Yes of course, but if one does that on the wrong side of the parts with mortises already cut, one ends up plugging one’s mistakes! I sort of like the “frog” glaring at me in the morning as he keeps me humble (or tries to.)

-- SteveL

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