Introduction

How to Build Medicine Cabinet
Photo: Alan Shortall/Cornerhouse Stock
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A mirrored medicine cabinet keeps your vanity as well groomed as you are, with storage for stashing toiletries out of sight. Building the cabinet yourself could save you hundreds of dollars. It means having a mirror cut to size or ordering one online, but the construction is straightforward.

If you decide to paint the cabinet, select a semigloss finish, which will stand up to moisture and regular cleanings. If you want the warm look of stain, use a wood with an even grain, like oak or cherry, and seal the cabinet with a water-resistant finish, such as lacquer or varnish.

Similar to shown: Milforde Collection Medicine Cabinet, about $250; signaturehardware.com

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    Tools List

    • 30-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • miter saw
      Compound miter saw
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • pneumatic brad nailer
      Pneumatic brad nailer
    • air compressor
      Air compressor
    • bar clamps
      Bar clamps
    • pocket hole jig
      Pocket-hole jig and bit
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • Countersink bit
      #2 combination countersink bit
    • paintbrush
      ½-inch paintbrush

    Shopping List

    ½-inch pine plywood Get one 2-by-4-foot sheet.

    1x6 clear pine Get one 12-footer.

    1x8 clear pine Get one 4-footer.

    1x2 clear pine Get one 2-footer.

    1x3 clear pine Get one 6-footer.

    1x4 clear pine Get one 3-footer.

    -inch pine cove molding Get one 8-foot length.

    2¾-inch solid poplar crown molding Get one 3-foot length.

    ¼-inch high-density fiberboard (HDF) Get a 2-by-4-foot sheet.

    Mirror Cut to 21 inches x 14¾ inches.

    No-mortise hinges Get two designed for a ¾-inch-thick door.

    Door pull

    18-gauge 1½-inch brads

    18-gauge 1¼-inch brads

    18-gauge ¾-inch brads

    18-gauge ½-inch brads

    1¼-inch pocket screws

    Pocket-screw hole plugs

    2-inch wood screws

    Plastic wall anchors

    Wood glue

    Wood filler

    Mirror adhesive

    1½-inch paintbrush

    Paint, lacquer, or varnish