Step 1: Build the Frame

Build the frame for How to Build Medicine Cabinet
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Use a compound miter saw and a circular saw to size the pieces according to the downloadable cut list. Sandwich the top, bottom, and back of the cabinet frame between the sides, applying glue where they meet, and fasten them with 1½-inch brads. Position the cabinet's base board flush at the back, with a ¾-inch overhang on the front and sides. Glue it and nail it with 1¼-inch brads. Use ¾-inch brads to tack in the shelf supports at the height you like.
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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