Bathroom Cabinet Storage Drawers

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Project by TD69Mustang posted 05-31-2013 04:27 PM 115577 views 82 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built these Storage Drawers for each of our bathroom cabinets.

Pic 1 – After
Pic 2 – Before
Pic 3 – After
Pic 4,5,6 drawer glide installation jig

Each one has over extension 16” (to accomodate plumbing) or 18” drawer glides.

The boxes are 3/4” ply and the drawers are 1/2” birch ply.

No drawer faces because they are hidden behind the cabinet doors. But I did make a jig to cut out some finger pulls. (see below)

You may have noticed some cutouts on the back side of the boxes. (See Below) This was to accomodate the plumbing under the sink. Where there was plumbing, the drawers could only be 16” deep. All the others are 18” deep.

The finish: 3 coats of water based polyurethane. The first coat acted as a sealer and was sanded with 220. The additional coats were just sprayed not sanded. Nice smooth finish.


They are Heavy, won’t slide around; but can, and were designed to be pulled out easily for any plumbing issues.
I don’t know why everyone is so worried about plywood in a bathroom. Aren’t the cabinet sides plywood? Aren’t the drawer boxes plywood? No one seems to be worried about those, yet nearly every bathroom in America has plywood cabinets and components in them. Just Sayn’
They have several coats of poly on them which makes them very easy to clean and very moisture resistant. It’s not like I’m filling them with water.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#1 posted 05-31-2013 04:36 PM

Nice build and use of space, as long as no leaks. I assume that these units can be pulled in their entirety when servicing the sink?

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 05-31-2013 04:38 PM

Well done – should really provide a great deal of storage space in the cabinet.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 05-31-2013 04:40 PM

Great job nothing better than storage for the bathroom.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 05-31-2013 05:35 PM

excellent use of that space

will do some here too
and under the kitchen sink as well

i had never thought of a whole pull out unit before


-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 06-01-2013 12:02 AM

great idea and design.nice work!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#6 posted 06-01-2013 01:46 AM

Just bought a new vanity tonight, but my wife and i are bummed that there aren’t any drawers in it and now I see this!

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 06-02-2013 09:28 PM

Really like the jig for aligning the slides on the drawers. Looks much quicker than the hand held job.

-- "Necessity is the mother of invention"

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#8 posted 06-02-2013 11:07 PM

Thanks for the comments.

The units DO pull out completely and easily for servicing the plumbing.

The glide alining jig made a tedious job with potentially inaccurate results; super easy.

-- Imagine It... Build It... Enjoy It!

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#9 posted 06-03-2013 12:19 AM

Nice job, great use of space.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 06-04-2013 02:31 PM

Looks good, well planned and well made. A great way to organize the bathroom essentials. Great work!

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#11 posted 12-26-2013 04:03 AM

I was thinking the same actually, they look fantastic and a much nicer alternative to plastic – but are they practical in a bathroom? Fixing leaks might be awkward if they aren’t designed to be pulled out completely and they will be harder to clean than plastic units. Love the smooth finish of them and they would look great in my office for storage of paperwork and files. I’ve worked with the jig myself a few times and it makes life so much easier and really speeds up the time it takes to complete a job too.

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#12 posted 01-29-2015 07:04 PM

I need to do this to our bathroom as well. I have a similiar project I’m planning for our Kitchen at the moment.

-- Sawdust Developer

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#13 posted 08-28-2017 01:15 PM

You did a wonderful job on this bathroom cabinet and this design would also make a fine shop cabinet.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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