Step 3: Construct the Door

Construct the door to build a Medicine Cabinet
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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Dab the ends of the door rails with glue and clamp them between the stiles. Use a pocket-hole jig and 1¼-inch pocket screws to fasten the rails to the stiles.

Fill the holes with wood plugs. Position the masonite mirror backing with a ¾-inch gap around the perimeter, and tack it in place with ½-inch brads. Flip the door over, apply mirror adhesive to the back of the mirror, and lay it in place. Cut cove molding to fit the inside of the door frame, making 45-degree miters at the corners, and glue it in place. Fasten the hinges 3 inches from the top and bottom of the door and onto the cabinet frame. Install the door pull.
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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