191 Wall Mounted Coat Hooks

This set of coat hooks sits flat to the wall. When you need a place to hang your clothing just flip down a hook. The project looks simple but there is quite a lot of accurate milling required to work properly.

I would suggest hardwood for the construction for added strength.

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171 Inset Bathroom Cabinet: Retro Project

This retro inset medicine cabinet is a flashback plan. Although an old idea, I believe it is still one of the best ideas for a bathroom there was. 

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The cabinet is designed to recess in your bathroom wall between the wall studs. The building standard puts studs on a 16” center which leaves 14 ½” between the wall studs. The case portion measures 14 ¼” wide in case the builders were off a little. It is also 3 ½” deep so there should be plenty of clearance that way.

After confirming there are no obstructions (wiring, pipes etc.) in your desired location cut your opening 14 ½” wide by 18” long. Slip in your cabinet and secure to the wall studs through the sides of the case.

There are two adjustable shelves inside or as many as you need for your stuff. Rather than having a handle or a knob I just cut a small cove on the mirror frame to use as a handle. The mirror (door) is held closed using rare earth magnets. I would suggest matching the colour of your visible frames to your vanity but I’m no interior designer.

I hope you enjoy this useful inset medicine cabinet. Happy woodworking!

If you would like to build a vanity to match your medicine cabinet checkout plan #051 or the smaller version plan #012. If you’re looking for more bathroom accessories see the tissue and TP holder plan #151.

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170 Basic Wall Hung Cabinet

This basic wall hung cabinet is an easy to build storage cabinet. The cabinet could be very handy in the shop or the laundry room. Basically wherever you want to store items you need but would rather have then out of site. 

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The construction is very simple and the joinery is very basic. The sides are mirror images of each other. The only difference being the right side has hinge mortises and the left side has a place for magnets. The magnets are just a simple way to keep the door closed.

The top and bottom are also identical. They are secured to the case side with screws. The screws are in counter-bored holes that can be filled with plugs to hide the screw heads.

The drawer is shown with machine cut half blind dovetails. It could certainly build with less complicated joinery and provide the same functionality. For example you could use a locking rabbet and tenons to join the sides or even pocket holes. Be sure to adjust your measurements to suit your joinery style so the drawer fits properly.

The door is designed with mortise and tenon joinery but again it could be build using dowels or pocket screws to keep it easier to build. The options are numerous and totally dependent on your woodworking comfort level.

If you’re looking for a larger wall cabinet for tools check out plan #40. No matter how you construct this basic wall hung cabinet it will provide a nice storage solution for your needs. The wall cabinet hangs on a “French Cleat” system. Happy Woodworking!

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