Have you ever ever questioned methods to make storage cupboards utilizing leftover French doorways? Okay, perhaps not. However I occur to have some unused French doorways that I took out of our kitchen, and I maintain them as a result of I imagine I can discover a use for them. After which after I determined that the water closet space in our grasp toilet wanted a big wardrobe, I knew I had discovered the right use for that French door. That is what they regarded like within the pantry…
And this is the way it seems to be in probably the most primary DIY toilet storage cupboard…
Earlier than I even began constructing the cupboard, I first used a round noticed to chop the door. You’ll discover within the picture above that when the door is used as a daily inside door, the highest and backside rails are wider than the facet stiles. Nevertheless, when used as a closet door, the width of the rail and stile should be the identical. So as soon as I lower them out, I am prepared to make use of these doorways and their sizes as beginning factors for the remainder of the constructing.
The cupboard nonetheless wants lots of trim, perhaps even some cute little legs, and cabinets inside. Then I can paint and layer it. However all of that might be pretty simple, particularly in comparison with the principle a part of this construct. I’ve by no means constructed a cupboard of this measurement that wasn’t built-in, and I discovered that constructing a built-in cupboard was a lot simpler.
Constructing a big freestanding cupboard is not at all times tough, however discovering workspace for it’s a problem. And since I work alone, and there is no means I am going to be capable to carry a wardrobe that massive as soon as it is constructed, I’ve to place the entire construct within the toilet, with about half of it being completed within the little water cabinet. That is fairly a problem! However I used to be decided, and I achieved it. Now I can transfer on to the enjoyable half — trim and end.
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This is how I made a storage cupboard…
1. Minimize the principle half
To chop these items, I used my round noticed together with the Kreg Round Noticed Information. Step one is to chop the again of the 1/2 inch plywood. All my measurements are based mostly on the door I need to use. The width of the 2 doorways collectively is 36 inches, and the peak is 70 inches. So I added 7 inches to that width (3.5 inches to every facet) and 13 inches to the peak (7.25 for the underside and 5.75 for the highest—numbers I pulled out of skinny air as a result of I believed they’d seems to be good). So I lower the again to 43 inches broad and 83 inches excessive. Once more, that is all based mostly on the scale of the door, which is my place to begin.
After which I lower the 2 sides to be 13.5 inches broad by 83 inches excessive, and the highest two halves to be 14 inches broad and 43 inches lengthy. I lower this out of MDF solely as a result of I had just a few giant items of MDF available, so I saved about $70 by not having to purchase a chunk of plywood for these items.
So as soon as my essential lower was lower, I began with two facet cuts…
And the again….
2. Connect the again to the facet
Standing one of many facet items on the sting, I positioned beads of wooden glue alongside the lengthy edge…
After which I lifted the plywood again to these edges, made certain they had been aligned, after which screwed them in utilizing the 1.5-inch 16-gauge nails in my nail gun. I do not use screws as a result of I do not like screwing into MDF edges. So long as I exploit wooden glue and nail items each 4-6 inches, I totally belief 16-gauge nails to do the job.
Then I moved to the opposite facet and glued the second facet. That provides me the beginning of the principle cupboard field…
3. Set up the highest and backside
Subsequent I pasted the highest and backside, which is the final a part of the principle field. The lower is 14 inches broad (facet lower width + again plywood thickness) and 43 inches lengthy (identical as again plywood). I glued these items collectively too utilizing wooden glue and measurement 16 nails, and I used one on high and one on the underside.
At this level, I stood up straight and moved it to its location, the place I wanted to complete constructing it. Once more, since I am working alone, and there is no means I can construct this outdoors after which transfer it myself, I’ve to do every little thing instead so I can slide it the place it is presupposed to be.
4. Set up the stiles
Since I used actual wooden inside doorways for the cupboard doorways (that are thicker and heavier than the precise cupboard doorways), I wished so as to add extra assist and energy to the facet the place the door might be put in earlier than I began including stiles and rails to the cupboard field.
I added energy and assist to this by gluing and nailing 2″ x 2″ pine wooden to the within of the field. I glued it utilizing wooden glue and measurement 16 nails, nailing it from the skin of the field by means of the MDF and into the pine, ensuring that the main edges of the wooden and MDF are completely even.
This is a better take care of the primary one is hooked up. And once more, the objective is so as to add energy. I do not need to connect heavy wooden and glass doorways to a stile that solely sticks to the perimeters of the MDF. This offers me 1.5 inches of actual strong wooden to connect the facet stiles to.
For the stile, I used a 1″ x 4″ fingerjoint board (which is definitely 3.5 inches broad), and utilizing wooden glue and 16-gauge nails, I glued it to the two″ x 2″ pine board I had simply hooked up.
I really doubled down on the facet stiles, utilizing two 1″ x 4″ planks stacked on high of one another and mounted one by one, to make the stiles thicker. That is solely needed as a result of I exploit precise inside doorways as my closet doorways, and I plan to have these doorways put in. Because the door is 1.5 inches thick, I need mine to be 1.5 inches thick as effectively. Had I used common cupboard doorways, that are usually solely 3/4 inch thick, doubling the stile was utterly pointless.
I repeated the complete course of on the opposite facet of the cupboard field in order that the left and proper stiles had been hooked up earlier than shifting on to the following step.
5. Set up the underside rail
Subsequent, I put in the underside rail. After measuring the space between the stiles and verifying that it was 36 inches, I lower the underside rail from the 1″ x 8″ pre-primed fingerjoint board. I doubled the thickness on this part as effectively so it will match the thickness of the stiles, after which I used my Kreg Pocket Gap Jig to drill pocket holes at every finish of the rail.
By the way in which, that is the Kreg Pocket Gap Jig I personal, and it is AMAZING!! This can be a nice improve from the unique one I purchased. I feel this fashion is a reasonably new product, and I extremely advocate it.
I put the underside rail in place, checked the sq. and held it in place utilizing two clamps (Tip: You need to use 45 diploma angle clamps as common clamps so long as you employ the piece of wooden beneath the facet with the pointed half).
As soon as I obtained it proper, I screwed it into place utilizing the pocket holes I simply drilled into this piece.
As soon as put in, I checked the field one final time to verify it did not shift after I screwed the items into place.
And this is what it seems to be like at this level — a quite simple five-sided field with three of the 4 entrance edges lined with trim items.
6. Set up the door
On a standard sized cupboard with regular doorways, I am going to set up the highest rail subsequent. However since every little thing right here is so massive and heavy, I made a decision to put in the door first, after which set up the highest rail after the door was put in. It simply appeared simpler in my thoughts.
Earlier than lifting one of many doorways into place, I wanted spacers to provide me about 1/8 inch of area between the underside rail and the door. I discovered that the 2 16-gauge nail strips had been just about the right spacer. So I glued two strips collectively …
After which glued it to the underside rail so I would not drop it after I lifted the door into place.
Then I used to be capable of elevate and place the door proper on high of these spacers, and with the hinges already hooked up to the door, every little thing was completely positioned on the edges and beneath.
With the door sitting in place, I used a pencil to mark the location of the middle hinge to the facet stile.
After which to put in the door, I did the next:
- Transfer the door out of the way in which
- Take away the middle hinge from the door
- Snap the middle hinge into place on the facet stile utilizing the information marks I simply made
- Elevate the door in order that the outlet for the middle hinge is aligned with the middle hinge which is now hooked up to the stile (The door should be within the open place for this, which makes this course of very difficult as a result of I labored alone. It’s tough to work alone. That is why you do not see photos of this course of, however it’s manageable.)
As soon as the door is hooked up to the stile with the middle hinge, then I can simply connect the highest and backside hinges to the stile. And as soon as I repeat the method on the opposite door, that is what it seems to be like…
7. Set up the highest rail
I made the highest rail in the very same means I made the underside rail, doubled the thickness and drilled pocket holes at each ends. The one distinction is that since I used 1″ x 8″ lumber, and I wanted a 5.75-inch high rail, I had to make use of a desk noticed to chop the width earlier than drilling the pocket holes and screwing them in.
However I put in them the identical means — nail strip spacers had been glued to the highest of the door, the highest rail was clamped in place, after which screwed into place utilizing pocket gap screws.
And as soon as the highest rails had been in place, I completed the fundamental building of the cupboard.
I had lots of trim work to do to show it from a primary field with doorways into a fairly cupboard, however that is the straightforward, enjoyable, and artistic half. Getting the bottom construct on this monster cupboard, and having to do it in such a small workspace, is the difficult half. So keep tuned to see how issues prove! And now which you can really see the wardrobe on this area, how in regards to the colour? Stick to white? Going with a really pale pink? I personally nonetheless have doubts about it.
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