Build & Install a Bath Cabinet Part 4 of 4 Hang the Cabinet

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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.

 

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Overview

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.

What You'll Need

Tools:

Pencil
Tape measure
Combination square
Router, profiling bit
Circular saw
Jig saw
Clamps
Hammers
Drill/driver
3/4" Spade bit

Materials:

(1) 8 ft. 1 x 10
(1) 4 ft. 1 x 8
(1) 3/4" Dowel
(1) Screen retainer molding (10 lineal ft.)
(2) Door knobs
(2) Touch latches
(2) Hinges
Drywall or deck screws
Finish nails
Finishing materials

 

Step 1

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


Step 2

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.


 
 

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