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Creating storage space in a small room without losing volume and floor space is possible. Just optimize the angles and play on the height. The proof with this bathroom furniture simple to achieve, which is fixed in a corner.

Manufacture of wooden corner shelving

Storing everyday products in a bathroom can quickly become a puzzle. The solution in the absence of bathroom cabinet lies here in the manufacture of a corner shelving consisting of three shelves. Its small footprint allows free space between a large mirror and the sink.

The charm of cherry wood

Then comes the choice of wood. Cherry is probably the most popular essence in interior design. Clear and of a great chromatic richness, with a veining going from hues honey to green while passing by the orange, the cherry tree is available in France in studs (to be chosen if one has a planer) or, on some specialized sites, in planed panels ready for use. The difference in price between these two options is important (from 50 to 250 €). Rest antique furniture in cherry, on which it is sometimes possible to recover large panels.

Invisible assemblies for shelving

Solid wood furniture can be built without the need for traditional mortise or dovetail joints; assembly slats, which require the use of a specific power tool, allow for assemblies both accurate and resistant. In this case, the elements were simply tightened and consolidated with wood screws, invisible once the furniture set up. The stability of the shelves, slightly cantilevered, is thus guaranteed.

Heal the finish of the storage

When used in a room with strong hygrometric variations (such as a bathroom), solid wood may warp and crack. Good protection is therefore essential; here, a recommended varnish for kitchen worktops (water-repellent version with acrylic base) was applied in two layers. Warning : with this type of furniture made of panels, it is better to realize the finish before assembly. By handling the panels flat, it avoids the risk of sagging and the problem of sanding in the corners. Before varnishing the sides (with a brush), consider covering the parts that will be hidden after assembly with masking tape, commonly used by painters, and use more narrow as the thickness of the shelves.

Cut out the panels with the circular saw

  • Draw the dimensions of the shelves (respecting the direction of the thread, parallel to the front edge).
  • Cut the panels with a circular saw mounted on a guide rail.

Hold the elements with a clamp

  • Place the different elements and hold them together with clamps.
  • Check the squareness and spacing between the shelves.
  • Cut the sides to the correct height.

Place shims

  • Make three shims of different lengths (45, 135 and 225 mm) to draw the centering marks needed to make notches on the shelves and on the sides.

Milling the cuts

  • Align the flange of the flap milling machine on the plot to mill the cuts on the sides.
  • Adjust the front guide of the machine to center the notches on the edge of the shelves.

Sand the wood

  • Sand the pieces with an orbital or belt sander.
  • Make a slight chamfer on the outer edges.
  • Finish by polishing with extra-fine sandpaper (approximately 280).

Varnish the wood

  • Before varnishing parts, protect areas that will be hidden after assembly with masking tape.
  • Remove this once the last layer of product has passed.

Drill the boards

  • Drill the gap between the cuts with a Ø 4 mm wood drill bit.
  • Before placing slats # 20, lightly glue the bottom of the slits, then the slice of the shelves.

Assemble the shelving

  • Position 4 x 40 mm wood screws at the holes.
  • Then fix the furniture to the wall with two screws, at the top and bottom of the corner of the furniture (wall fixing adapted to the support).

Tips for DIYers

  • If you do not want to work with solid wood or if the price of the ready-to-use panels can make you hesitate, it is easily possible to replace them with plywood (to favor marine quality) or three-ply panels of 18 or 22 mm thick.
  • If you make your own solid wood panels, do not hesitate to use assembly strips to connect the boards edge to edge in order to obtain sufficient panel widths.


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