Build & Install a Bath Cabinet Part 4 of 4 Hang the Cabinet
Cabinetry and casework are fundamental to making built-ins and bookcases. This small wall-hung cabinet is a useful item for bathroom or kitchen, and it is a great project for a beginning carpenter to develop some basic cabinetry skills. It is also extremely inexpensive to make.
Cabinetry and casework are fundamental to making built-ins and bookcases. This small wall-hung cabinet is a useful item for bathroom or kitchen, and it is a great project for a beginning carpenter to develop some basic cabinetry skills. It is also extremely inexpensive to make. The entire case, including the top, can be built from an 8-ft.-long piece of 1 x 10 wood (you’ll need a little extra material for the shelving and the towel rod). The mitered frames applied to the fronts of the door give the look and feel of a raised panel door, without any of the fuss.
We built the version of the cabinet you see here out of No. 2 and better pine and then gave it an orangey maple finish. You can choose any lumber you like for this, even sheet stock such as MDF, and apply a clear or a painted finish. For a traditional look, choose a white enamel paint. Be sure and apply several thin coats of polyurethane varnish, especially if the cabinet will be installed in a wet area like a bathroom.
Locate Studs for Hanging
Locate wall studs in the installation area. Where possible, position the cabinet so it hits two studs. Attach the cabinet with wood screws driven through the wall cleat and into the studs
Install the Finished Cabinet
If you only have one stud available, drill a 1/4" hole through the cleat, as far from stud location as you can get and still have access. Position the cabinet against the wall and mark the hole onto the wall by inserting a finish nail into the hole. Remove the cabinet and install a plastic screw insert at the hole location. Replace the cabinet and drive a screw so it catches the insert. Then re-level the cabinet and screw the wall cleat to the wall at the stud location. Drill pilot holes in the doors and install door knobs with screws.