How to Build a Recessed Medicine Cabinet Part 2

medicine cabinet
  • 8-16 hours
  • Advanced
  • 80-200
What You'll Need
Wood glue
Shelf brackets

The foundation is completed so all you need to do now is to assemble the recessed medicine cabinet, finish it and then fix it into the area prepared on the wall.

Apply Finishing If Desired

Before assembling the wood planks in the medicine cabinet, you may wish to use sandpaper on each wood plank to smooth any harsh areas and prepare them for assembly. Once that is done, wipe the wood to remove dust particles created by the sanding, especially if you are going to apply paint.

Some people may prefer to paint the wood a particular color rather than leaving it a natural color. It should be made to match the color scheme of the bathroom or the paint color of the wall in particular. Allow the paint to dry before proceeding.

Assemble the Outer Boundaries of the Cabinet

Assemble the outer boundaries of the cabinet. Join the sides with the upper part and the base. Use wood glue and allow it to dry. You can use a cloth to wipe away any excess glue from any of the seams. For better security, hammer 2 small nails on each end.

Attach the Shelves

Next, you need to attach the shelves inside the cabinet. Apply wood glue on the back part of the lower shelf and then press it against the back of the cabinet. Afterward, hammer it for added fastening to the sides of the cabinet. This process must be repeated for the other shelves.

If any of the shelves is rather long you may wish to fix shelf brackets on the sides and at least another one in the middle for extra security and to prevent the shelf from sagging, especially if the wood plank is rather thin.

Slide The Cabinet in the Wall Area

Leave the cabinet to dry. Then slide it slowly and carefully into the recessed area. If you were precise in your measurements and cutting, you should not encounter any problems. The cabinet should fit securely and neatly within the area.

The Doors

Attach the doors. You can either opt to make them from wood planks or you may wish to use a different material, such as glass. Regardless of the material you choose, the most important things are to cut the door panels in the right dimensions and fasten them well with high-quality hinges. Fasten the hinges with screws onto the inner side of the cabinet. Test the doors to make sure they don't sag.

Re-read Part 1 or move on to Part 3.