Welcome back to Craftsman Drive, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is going well. LMB and myself finally had a chance to fully enjoy the Christmas time without the rush of coming into town on vacation and squeezing four families in a week before heading back. We got to take our time and it was really nice not worrying about the trip back to NC. Now that we are rooted in MI and slowly getting settled in, I finally had an opportunity to build a DIY window cabinet, and here it is.
1. Measure the dimensions for your window. You will be building a box around the perimeter of this window with an 1/16th gap all the way around. The size of the boards I used for the bottom, sides, and top were 1×8. I left a half of an inch overhang on the top board just for esthetic appeal.
2. Fit in the shelves. All I did was place the shelf at the level where the horizontal muntin, or strip of wood that separates the window panes met. The shelves are 1×8 as well but cut to be slightly recessed back from the frontside ignored to achieve for a flush window to the box. For added strength to the shelves, I placed support 3/4 x 2 boards underneath the sides and the back of each shelf. I clamped the support in place using Kreg Jig clamps.
3. Place a 1/4 inch thick plywood for the backing, install hinges on the window and box frame, drill a hole for the knob and your are done with the build. I used countersinks for exterior framework, so after the build was done I used wood filler to fill in the countersink holes.
4. Stain your piece first, allow for darker and lighter spots for more realistic look once your start painting.
Countersink drill bit (optional)
Pneumatic nail gun
2-1×8@6ft pine boards
48in x 48in x 1/4in plywood
3/4 x 2 pine
Stain (Minwax Espresso)
That is it. This DIY window cabinet is a super easy build and it creates additional storage for your bathroom, something that you can never have enough of. Let me know what you think find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Thanks