This Bathroom Vanity is Easy to Make Using Scrap Wood

Made using board and scrap wood, this bathroom vanity adds a rustic touch to a bathroom, plus it has hidden storage.









Plywood, SupaWood or chipboard sheet 16 x 2400 x 1200mm

[4] 45mm cut screws

Waterproof glue

[6] Concealed, cup or Euro hinges - full overlay plus 16mm screws

[3] Door catches plus 16mm screws

Scraps of hardwood or pine - see bottom of this page for diagram

Stain blocker for wood

Clear varnish, matt




Drill plus assorted bits

Countersink bit

35mm Forstner bit

Sander plus 120-grit sandpaper

Saw for cutting board to size if doing it yourself


Painting gear

Tape measure and pencil

Safety gear














Have all the pieces cut to size at Builders and sand all the rough edges. Some of the images shown below will reveal that the original for this project was assembled using recycled laminated plywood. If you are going to be using any material with a laminated finish, sand this with 120-grit sandpaper so that the surface will accept the glue alternatively, use Contact Adhesive when attaching the scrap wood to the outside of the cabinet.




Countersink all screws so that the head does not stick proud of the surface.



Step 1 - Assemble the framework

Start the process by attaching the back panel to the base using wood glue and 45mm cut screws and then position the divider 201mm in from the side edge and secure to the back panel with wood glue and 45mm cut screws. To complete this step, attach the side panel to the base and back panel using wood glue and screws, as indicated in the diagram below. 








Step 2 - Assemble the storage cubbies on the end of the cabinet





Position the centre divider at 200mm from the back panel and secure with wood glue and 45mm screws before adding the front panel in the same way.





Step 3 - Fit the top

Insert the top so that it is flush all around and then secure to the back panel, right side and dividers. Again, make sure that all drilled holes are countersunk.





Step 4 - Install the doors





To drill holes for mounting the door hinges, use these instructions for marking. You will need a drill, Forstner bit [what is a Forstner bit] and clamps. Mark position, predrill holes. Repeat for all door panels.



Kreg's Concealed Hinge Jig and 35mm Hinge Bit make it easy to install concealed, Euro or cup hinges for doors. The Concealed Hinge Jig and Bit provides accurate, consistent drilling using a drill/driver.





Kreg tools are available at hardware stores countrywide as well as online suppliers. For more information visit



Install the doors using the hinges by holding each door to line up with the frame. Mark the position of screw holes for mounting the door to the hinges and predrill before mounting the doors. Any adjustments can be made by adjusting the screws on the hinges themselves to align the doors.








Step 5 - Fit door hardware

Push-catches were used to fit these doors but there are all different types of hardware to hold doors in place. For all types, you want to ensure accurate placement and accurate measuring is required. Fit the catches using 16mm screws.





Step 6 - Prepare and fit scrap pieces


Cut the scrap wood to the lengths and widths per the cutting list at the bottom of this page. Sand rough edges with 120-grit sandpaper and then apply stain blocker as a whitewash to the sides and front faces of each piece. Allow about 20 seconds before wiping off the excess stain blocker and leave to dry. Repeat this for all the pieces.




Apply stain blocker to screw heads to make them less visible.





Working in one section at a time, apply wood glue liberally to the back of each piece of scrap wood and press firmly to secure.




Where the toilet roll holder will be fitted install cladding to the base first and then the back panel and then move to the sides. The sides and base pieces should overhang the edge.





In the toilet roll holder cubby, use your sander to chamfer the inner of the pieces to prevent jamming when the door is opened.




Apply 2 coats of sealer to all scrap wood and allow drying time between coats.





Scrap wood cutting and installation lists

While you may find the cutting and installation lists helpful, it all depends on the wood you will be working with. It might be preferably to cut and fit as you go so that everything fits perfectly.







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