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How to Build a Bathroom Medicine Cabinet

Need more storage in the bathroom? Try this simple woodworking project to give you an extra place to stash toiletries and cosmetics.

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This project not only gives you the mirror, but a good bit of storage as well. It's perfect over a pedestal sink or as an additional storage option over an existing sink base. The finished dimensions are 25-1/2" tall x 24" wide x 7-1/4" deep.

This project uses pocket-hole joinery in a couple of steps. If you're not familiar with it, take a look at the basics.

Cut List

(all sizes in inches)
main shelf (1) – 3/4 x 5-1/2 x 15-1/2
sides - (2) – 3/4 x 5-1/2 x 24
back (1) – 3/4 x 23 x 24
top (1) – 3/4 x 7-1/4 x 24
bottom (1) – 3/4 x 7-1/4 x 24
face frame rails (2) – 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 14
face frame stiles (2) – 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 24
side shelves (6) – 3/4 x 3 x 6-1/4
door rails (2) – 3/4 x 1-1/2 x 12-1/2
door stiles (2) – 3/4 x 2-1/4 x 23-1/2
door rail trim (2) – 1/4 x 2-1/2 x 12
door stile trim (2) – 1/4 x 1-3/4 x 23-1/2
mirror (1) – 1/8 x 12-3/8 x 20- 3/8
mirror backer (1) – 1/4 x 12-7/16 x 20-7/16
backer stiles (2) – 3/4 x 1/2 x 20-7/16
backer rails (2) – 3/4 x 1/2 x 11-7/16

Tools and Materials

(1) – 1x8 x 6'
(1) – 1x6 x 6'
(1) – 1x3 x 4'
(1) – 1x2 x 6'
(1) – 1x2 x 4'
(1) – 1/4x6 x 4'
(1) – 3/4-inch 2'- x 2' plywood
(1) – 1/4-inch 2'- x 2' plywood
1-5/8-inch and 1-inch wood screws
#17 x 1 1/2-inch and #18 x 5/8-inch wire brads
1-1/4-inch pocket-hole screws
(4) 3/4-inch furniture buttons
(2) 2-inch-hinges
(1) drawer pull/knob with magnetic catch
(2) heavy-duty keyhole hangers
wood glue and wood filler
primer, paint and paintbrushes/rags
pre-stain conditioner, stain and polyurethane
table saw
miter saw
jigsaw or band saw
sander/sandpaper
drill/driver with countersink bit and 3/4-inch Forstner bit
pneumatic nailer or hammer
bar clamps
square and a tape measure

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