Oak medicine cabinet

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Project by flowerdog posted 02-16-2020 10:04 PM 1116 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This medicine cabinet is made with a 1×10x8 oak board found on the side of the road. It replaces an 80 year old metal version that is original to the farm house. When I pulled that out of the wall I found hundreds of used razor blades in the wall where they discarded the old blades through a slot in the cabinet. I found a mirror at the thrift store and cut it to size.

I used 70 year old linseed oil to finish it:
I tried a test board with early american stain but it looked like a zebra.

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#1 posted 02-17-2020 07:06 AM


Your oak cabinet turned out very nice. I always love to hear about thrifty accomplishments. Thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 02-17-2020 07:06 AM

Way to nice, hope you left a slot to dispose of those razor blades?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-17-2020 11:31 AM

Nicely done.

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#4 posted 02-17-2020 02:25 PM

Great looking cabinet. Pretty funny about the razor blades…. I always wondered where those slots in the old metal cabinets went.

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#5 posted 02-17-2020 03:27 PM

I always wondered about the piles of razor blades I’d see in the crawl spaces of old buildings when I was a kid. I imagine dealing with rusty blades make demolition jobs interesting.

Scott, what did you use for a finish? The cabinet looks great, problem with that is the rest of the bathroom probably looks dated now 8^)

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#6 posted 02-17-2020 04:24 PM

@splintergroup I used 70 year old linseed oil to finish it:
I tried a test board with early american stain but it looked like a zebra.

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#7 posted 02-17-2020 04:53 PM

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#8 posted 02-19-2020 01:02 AM

Love it. A roadkill bathroom cabinet.

It is simple as can be, but in that simplicity it’s a beauty. Nice work.

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