A bathroom cabinet similar to the one shown here could easily cost anywhere from R800 upwards. When you consider that a sheet of 12mm SupaWood costs around R500 and you could easily make two bathroom cabinets from one sheet, it makes a lot of sense to invest in a few tools, hone up your DIY skills, and get cracking on making your own furniture.
YOU WILL NEED:
All pieces 12mm PG Bison SupaWood, unless otherwise specified
2 of 170 x 600mm – top / bottom
2 of 150 x 700mm – sides
1 of 150 x 536mm – shelf
1 of 130 x 536mm – adjustable shelf
1 x 50 x 536mm – mounting strip
2 of 265 x 536mm – doors
1 piece of 3mm Masonite / backing board 548 x 722mm
4 small butt hinges and 12mm screws
2 roller door or magnetic catches
4 shelf pins
2 of 4mm thick mirrors cut to size 174 x 444mm
OPTIONAL: Mirror brackets or clips (see below)
Drill / Driver plus assorted bits
Jigsaw and clean-cut blade
Heavy-duty staple gun and 10mm staples, or hammer and panel pins
Tape measure and pencil
1. Take the top and bottom measure in 20mm and 32mm at the sides and front (on both sides) and draw lines. Use this as a guide for attaching the sides.
2. In the centre of the drawn lines for the sides, measure and mark at 50mm and 100mm from one edge. Do this on both the top, bottom. Drill 2mm pilot holes and countersink the holes that will be on the outside. Repeat these measurements to drill 2mm pilot holes in the bottom and top of the sides.
3. Before attaching the sides, measure up 150mm and 163mm on the front and back of the sides and drill 2mm pilot holes in the centre of the drawn line at 50mm and 100mm in from the back edge. Countersink on the outside.
4. Use 3.5 x 40mm screws to join the top and bottom to the sides. You won’t see the holes on the top and bottom once finished, as these will be filled with wood filler and sanded smooth.
5. On both edges of the shelf measure in and mark at 50mm and 100mm and drill 2mm pilot holes. With the frame on its back, position the shelf and secure in place with 3.5 x 40mm screws.
6. To complete the frame assembly, attach the mounting strip to the back of the cabinet at the top. Use this for mounting the cabinet onto the wall.
GOOD TO KNOW
It is easier to paint the frame before attaching the doors. Apply two coats of Plascon water-based Velvaglo enamel using a combination of paintbrush and foam roller.
7. Measure a 50mm border on one side of each door. Drill a 10mm hole close to each corner to allow you to insert the jigsaw blade and cut out the centre rectangular panel.
8. Sand the cut edge with 120-grit sandpaper to remove any uneven edges and smooth.
GOOD TO KNOW
Paint the doors before attaching mirrors and hinges.
Securing the mirror
You have a choice of options for securing the mirror to the back of the door.
If you have a Dremel Trio, use a rebate bit to cut a 5mm wide ledge that is 4mm deep on the back of the door.
Place the mirror inside to rest on the ledge and secure in place with glass / mirror clips and 12mm screws.
GOOD TO KNOW
The clips have a raised bump on one side at the end that secures the mirror firmly in place. This type of fastening allows for easy removal and replacement of the mirror in the event of breakage.
If you don’t have a Dremel Trio you can use mirror corner brackets and 12mm screws.
Alternatively, secure the mirror to the back of the door using glass / mirror clips as shown.
9. Measure down 7mm on both sides and make a mark. Also measure down 50mm on the outside edge of both doors and mark. Use this as a guide for mounting the butt hinges with 12mm screws.
GOOD TO KNOW
When mounting the hinges to the edge of the door it is important to drill a 2mm pilot hole to prevent the board from splitting.
Note: Ignore the fact that the doors shown here do not already have the cut out for the mirrors.
10. Mount double-roller or magnetic catches to the top of the shelves with 12mm screws to hold the doors closed.
11. Finish off by measuring and marking the position for the shelf pins. Drill a 5mm hole at 50mm and 100mm in from the back edge and insert shelf pins. Place shelf on top.
12. Attach the backing board using a heavy-duty staple gun and 10mm staples, or using a hammer and panel pins.
Not responsible for errors or ommissions.