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Overview for How to Build Medicine Cabinet
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We built a medicine cabinet with a frame 20 inches wide, 5¾ inches deep, and 30¾ inches tall. (Note: Counting the crown molding, the finished cabinet measures 25½ inches wide, 8½ inches deep, and 32¾ inches tall.)

Frame
1x6 clear pine top and bottom pieces: two @ 18½ inches, ripped to 5 inches wide

½-inch pine plywood back panel: one @ 18½ inches by 28½ inches

1x6 clear pine side pieces: two @ 30 inches, ripped to 5 inches wide

1x8 clear pine base board: one @ 21½ inches, ripped to 5¾ inches wide

-inch pine cove molding for shelf supports: four @ 4¼ inches long

1x6 clear pine shelves: two @ 18 inches, ripped to 4¼ inches wide

1x2 clear pine crosspiece: one @ 20 inches

2 ¾-inch solid poplar crown molding Cut to fit.

Door
1x4 clear pine rails: two @ 15 inches

1x3 clear pine stiles: two @ 28 inches

-inch pine cove molding to trim mirror. Cut to fit.

¼-inch high-density fiberboard (HDF) mirror backing: one @ 18½ inches by 26 inches

Mirror: one @ 21 inches by 14¾ inches by inch thick
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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