This medicine cabinet is part of a vanity that I’m currently building for a client. The cool thing about it is it’s easy to build, and it could be used in a variety of different bathroom configurations, or for storage in other parts of your house or shop. I customized this one to be used in my customer’s bathroom. I will show you that, plus other bathroom configurations. I will also explain how to wall mount it, and how to modify a side if you want to mount it in a corner.Thanks to my CAD (Computer Aided Design) software, I can show you the different possibilities, and even show you what the completed cabinets will look like in the customer’s home.
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Mounting to Walls. Use four mounting screws when you “hang” the cabinet on a wall. Screw through the 1/2″ back and into the wall. Put two mounting screws at the top near the corners, and two at the bottom near the corners. You’ll only be able to “catch” one stud, so you’ll need to use some type of wall fastener for the other two mounting screws. For these I like Toggler brand plastic toggle anchors, or their “Snaptoggle” heavy-duty toggle bolts.
Mounting in Corners. If you plan to mount your medicine cabinet in a corner, then you’ll probably want to modify the cabinet to include scribe edges, which makes corner installation much easier. The way to do this is to shorten the lengths of the top and bottom by 1/4″, shift the cabinet side piece inward 1/4″, eliminate the back rabbet of that piece, shorten it by 3/4″ at the bottom, and increase the length of the false bottom by 3/4″. Also, don’t roundover the outside edge of the face frame that goes up against the wall. Instead, scribe that edge to make a nice and tight fit.
1) This is how my customer’s vanity and medicine cabinets will look. Everything is customized to fit their needs and space. The right medicine cabinet, and right vanity drawer cabinet, are set in the corner and scribed to fit against the right wall. There’s a 12″ tall soffit above the medicine cabinets, and the top moldings are scribed against that. Behind the mirror is a wooden box that moves the mirror out 3″ from the wall so it’s easier to see. Fancy tube lights are mounted on each side of the mirror, and the counter top will be granite. To finish it all off, the floor will be tiled up to the vanity base, and the wall will be tiled between the countertop, medicine cabinets, and mirror frame. You see that thing in the middle of the vanity base? It’s a wooden heat register. I’m going to have fun making that!
2) Single medicine cabinet and mirror configuration. Simple and basic. This is a left cabinet setup. For a right cabinet setup, just mount the hinges on the right side of the cabinet, and the handle on the left side of the door. This mirror is 24″ wide x 32″ tall.
4) Exploded View. This is how the medicine cabinet is assembled. Click here to see the full PDF.
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