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Build a vanity unit and wall cabinet.

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These elegant modern bathroom units – a vanity measuring 20" x 60" and a cabinet measuring 16" x 48" – feature sleek, simple lines and smooth, seamless surfaces that are free of knobs and handles.
For this project, we assume that all the plumbing lines are in place, accessible, and ready to be hooked up to the faucet and sink.
A store-bought medicine cabinet and a backsplash in a complementary colour and finish harmoniously tie all the elements together to complete this contemporary look.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS AND MATERIALS - VANITY

TOOLS

  • Table saw with finishing blade
  • Driver drill
  • Fine-tooth jigsaw
  • Countersink bit
  • ¼" bit
  • Hole cutter for drill
  • Hacksaw
  • Nailer
  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Pencil
     

MATERIALS

  • 2 sheets MDF, 5/8" x 48" x 96"
  • 2 sheets Formica laminate, 1/32" x 48" x 96" (special order)
  • 2 lengths pine, 1" x 1" x 96"
  • 1 steel (tube) furniture leg
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Contact adhesive
  • 1 ¼" nails for nailer
  • 2" nails for nailer
  • ¾" No. 8 particle board screws
  • 1 ¼" No. 8 particle board screws
  • 3" No. 8 particle board screws
     

TOOLS AND MATERIALS - CABINET

TOOLS

  • Table saw with fine-tooth blade
  • Driver drill
  • 3/16" drill bit
  • 3/16" countersink bit
  • Depth stop
  • Nailer
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil

MATERIALS

  • 1 sheet Masonite, 1/8" x 24" x 48"
  • 1 sheet MDF, 5/8" x 24" x 48" (special order)
  • 1 sheet Formica laminate, 1/32" x 24" x 48" (special order)
  • 6 shelf pins
  • 2 hinges
  • 3 glass shelves, ¼" x 5" x 14 ½"
  • Carpenter's glue
  • Contact adhesive
  • 1 ¼" nails for nailer


 

Before Assembly

ELEVATION(S) - VANITY

Vanity unit elevations

 

ELEVATION(S) - CABINET

Cabinet elevations

 

 

ROUTERS

The router is a motorized tool that can be equipped with a wide variety of cutters, or bits, making it extremely versatile. Router bits exist for a panoply of woodworking projects, including making mouldings or casings, carving grooves (e.g. for inserting drawer bottoms or cabinet door panels), professionally finishing the edges of pieces of stock (boards, shelves, tables), planing surfaces and even making dovetail joints. Router bits are often sold in sets, usually with illustrations of the shapes or patterns that they can cut.
Depending on the model of router and type of work involved, the user can either move the router along the fixed material (e.g. to follow curves) or move the material itself along a fixed router table (e.g. to carve grooves). A number of routers are designed to be used either way and can be fastened upside down under a router table.

CONTACT ADHESIVE

Contact adhesive must always be applied to both surfaces, and each surface must then be left to dry for the manufacturer’s recommended time – usually about 10-15 minutes. Then press the two surfaces together, applying pressure from the centre outwards. They will adhere instantly and do not need to be clamped. Once they are stuck, you will no longer be able to move or adjust them. It is therefore important to handle the parts carefully and position them accurately. Do this work in a well-ventilated room, away from excessive heat or open flame.


 

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