How to Build Cherry Bathroom Cabinets
Cherry is a fine grained wood, often with a deep reddish brown hue, and cherry bathroom cabinets could help to give your bathroom a warm, cozy atmosphere. It's a difficult type of wood to work with because it is highly susceptible to warping or shrinkage and it easily splits, but the rich color and strong wood aroma make all the extra trouble worth while. The following set of step-by-step instructions will give you all the information you need to construct a set of cherry bathroom cabinets at home.
Step 1: Design the Cabinets
Go into your bathroom with a pencil and paper, and decide where you want your cabinets to go and what you want them to look like. Make quick sketches of your ideas to see how which ones work best. When you have found a place for your cabinets and have a general idea of what you want them to look like, use your tape measure to carefully measure the dimensions of where you want them to go. Once you have the necessary measurements, draw a more detailed sketch and label lengths, widths and angles.
Step 2: Buy Supplies
Go to your local hardware store or cherry wood supplier and buy the wood you will need. Take your sketch with you and make sure to buy an appropriate number of boards, making sure that each board is big enough for the part or parts you will make out of it.
Step 3: Cut the Wood
Use your circular saw to cut the wood into the correct shape and dimension for each part of your cabinet. Be very careful in this part because cherry is hard wood and splits easily. Once the pieces are cut, paint finish over them to protect the wood against water damage. Always use eye protection when using power tools such as a circular saw or a power drill.
Step 4: Build the Cabinet
Glue the parts of the cabinet together and let it dry. Drill pilot holes in the cabinet where you want to put screws in. This will prevent the wood from splitting because of the added volume of the screws. Do not use nails because they will not work as well with pilot holes as screws, and they are more likely to split the wood. When the cabinet is screwed together, attach the door with using your two hinges. Next, attach the handles. Now you are ready to install the cabinet in its pre-measured space in your bathroom.
If you are planning to build your bathroom cabinets yourself, you should carefully decide how much effort you want to put into it. Be warned that if you decide to use cherry, you may experience a lot more frustration and spend a lot more time than if you used a more common type of wood. That said, when the job is done you will find that building your own cherry bathroom cabinets is a very rewarding experience.