Introduction: Toilet Roll Cabinet

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What inspired me?

A toilet. Most people have them. And with such a small space I was limited to what to put inside. The essentials being toilet paper, bleach and something to put your phone on while using the toilet. So, I decided to make a mini cabinet to house these products. I needed the top to be quite large, finished and flat. This is what I made and how I made it.

What will you need?

-Timber (2m by 20mm by 75mm)

-timber (18mm by 13mm by 235mm)

-20X 25mm screws

-jig saw or table saw

-sander and sand paper

-Wood stain or oil (optional)

Step 1: Step 1 - Marking and Cutting the Wood

First I had to cut the pieces to length, I measured the height of one toilet roll, doubled it to mark out the base of the cabinet. I then added 40mm onto this so it was easier to get the roll out. Now I had the main height and width, I used a tri-square and a pencil to make this onto a length of wood. Once this was done, I double checked to see if the roll would fit on the base and then used the saw to cut this to the correct size. The size was 150mm. Each roll had a diameter of 73mm.

The next piece to cut was the two vertical components making up the side panels. The toilet roll had a height of 75mm. I made these both 210mm. I added an extra 20mm to accommodate the base thickness which was 20mm. Using a saw, I cut these to the correct size.

Once I had these two measurements, it was easier to figure out the rest of the measurements.

Step 2: Step 2 - Sanding and Filing

Once this had been done, I used a sanding block to sand each edge to eliminate burs. I used a small rectangle file to get rid of some of the larger burs. I used some 400grit sand paper to sand these pieces once I had eliminated the marks left on the wood using a basic palm sander.

Step 3: Step 3 - the Back

The next step was to complete the back of the cabinet. To do this I just used one of the side pieces to trace onto another length of pine. I did this three times. I used a jig as to cut these to the correct size and then cut one of the pieces vertically and took 35mm of the total width. I did this because the total length of the back was 190mm. And three times 75 is 225. So I had to take off 35mm so I was left with 190mm.

I then used an orbital sander to get rid of all of the burs. I did this using 100g, 120g and finally 400g sand paper. This made sure the surfaces were smooth.

Step 4: Step 4 - Front

The next step was the front pieces. These were two pieces that were 30mm wide and 210mm high. I used a tri-square and pencil to mark these on before using a jig saw to cut these out. I used the sander and orbital sander to remove the burs and get a quality finish.

Step 5: Step 5 - Top Piece

The top part consists of a darker, reddish pine that I got from an old desk. I used the measurements from the base and transferred them onto the top piece. I decided I wanted an overhang by 10mm in both axis' and used a jig saw to cut this, I used a disk sander to add rounded corners to the piece and ran over with some fine grit sand paper.

Step 6: Step 6 - Assembly

First I clamped the two sides to the base in the correct place, making sure that everything was square. I then used a 4mm drill bit to drill two pilot holes on both pieces then counter sunk the holes and fired 25mm screws in. I then went on to attach the back pieces. I attached the right side using 25mm screws while drilling pilot holes first. I made sure everything was still square and then added the middle piece of the back. I used two screws to secure this to the base. I finally attached the last piece. The next step was to add the two front pieces. I drilled a 4mm hole 30mm deep on an angle from the piece to the side piece. I did this under the piece as well. To attach the top piece, I used two attaching blocks that ensure the fit is 90 degrees.

Step 7: Finished

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