After tucking my new shower into what was a closet and part of hallway, I’m left with dead-end space about 36″ deep in front of the shower wall (in which a toilet is temporarily being stored). That space is destined to become a 32″-deep built-in linen closet, so today, I drew up a rough design.
The top section has adjustable shelves, with three graduated drawers below and a counter that sticks out about 1-1/2″ between the two sections. The cabinet proper will be 34-1/2″ wide, with a 2″ face frame on either side; the face frame will be scribed to the walls. Below the counter, I’ll apply the same moulding that’s beneath the window sills in the house; the top will get the same applied mouldings as the door to the left, with about 1/2″ above that I’ll scribe to the ceiling. I was too lazy to draw the mouldings in my SketchUp model…or to fix that pesky 11-63/62″ measurement on the bottom drawer.
I know the bottom two drawers in particular are verging on awfully big, but they’re for towels and sheets – and I need the room. They’ll be supported on web frame, with a central member so as to have adequate support.
I also didn’t draw in the hardware – but I’ll use period-appropriate bin pulls on the drawers, with applied hinges and a cabinet latch on the doors – pretty much like the image below.
To save money and to make the build a little easier, I’ll be using cabinet-grade plywood for most of the carcase components…and will likely Domino them together (toss those slings and arrows – I can take ’em!). The face frame, drawer fronts and doors will be yellow pine (reclaimed, if I can find it for a reasonable price), shellacked, toned and varnished to match the rest of the unpainted woodwork in the house. And if I get lucky and can find some affordable Port Orford cedar, I’ll use that for the drawer bottoms. Or maybe I’ll just beg my Pacific Northwest friends to send me bags of its shavings from time to time, so that I can make them into sachets to tuck inside the drawers. (It smells so very good!)
I doubt I’ll be able to start on this for at least a few months (classes to teach, commissions to build) – but that’s OK; it will give me plenty of time to dither and make changes. And to get the bathroom done so that I can get the toilet out of the hallway.