My master bathroom was like bathing in a closet. I had to do something to make it feel less claustrophobic. To do this, I ripped out the closet and a "box" covering a pipe sticking out of the wall. To avoid replacing the ceiling, I opted to build a cabinet at an angle to cover the holes in the ceiling and keep the room feeling open.
Materials and Tools:
(all lumber should be at least as long as your cabinet.)
1x12 board (This board is for the bottom of the cabinet. If you'd prefer less depth, buy a narrower board.)
Two 2x2 boards
Two pieces of 3" trim
1" wood screws
1.5" wood screws
2.5" drywall screws
sander or sandpaper
Step 1: Before
Before I outline how to build the cabinet, here's what I did first.
First, I ripped out the door, wall, and shelves that made up the closet. Then I tore out the "box" surrounding that weird pipe that jutted out of the wall.
Then, I patched the gaps in the drywall and put up 1/8" plywood to avoid replacing a lot of drywall. I patched the seams with joint compound and painted.
Lastly, I built a smaller box around the pipe that would line up with the bottom of the cabinet.
Now, lets build a cabinet.
Step 2: 45 Degrees
Set your table saw blade to 45 degrees and put the guide as close to the blade as you can or where it will cut the 2x2 in half diagonally. You'll need two of these the length of your cabinet. I chose to cut two different boards since I couldn't quite cut the board in half. One side was larger and more sturdy than the other, so I set aside the smaller ones for another project on another day.
Step 3: Grooves
Cut the end of one of your 1x9s to 45 degrees.
Reset the blade to 0 degrees and lower it to a height that is a little under half the board's thickness.
Set the guide to cut about 1/4" from the 90 degree edge and cut the length of the board. Move the guide out slightly and cut again. Repeat this process until you have a groove wide enough for the 1/8" plywood to fit comfortably.
Step 4: Repeat
Repeat the previous step but put the grooves on the opposite side of the board as pictured. Make sure the grooves line up with the corresponding grooves on the other board.
Step 5: Mount Bottom Shelf
Mount the 1x12 using two pieces of 2x4 with 45 degree angles on each end to create brackets.
Drill some pilot holes for countersinking screws into the angled side of the 2x2 you cut.
Screw the 2x2 into the front edge of the 1x12 shelf.
Step 6: Add Rails
Drill pilot holes into the grooves of the board that will sit on the 2x2 and have the 45 degree angle sit flush with the edge of the shelf.
Screw it into place.
Step 7: Top Rails
This is the tricky part. Use a square to mark where the doors will sit within the grooves at 45 degrees. Use a straightedge to extend the lines all the way to the ceiling.
Use the square to find where the railing at the ceiling should be placed and mark the back edge.
Step 8: Mount 2x2
Drill countersink pilot holes in the other 2x2 and mount it into the ceiling where the 45 degree angle lines up with the mark you made on the back of the railing.
Step 9: 2nd Railing
Screw the second railing into the 2x2 on the ceiling so the grooves line up with the marks you made and the angled edge is flush with the front of the 2x2.
Step 10: Doors
Cut sheets of 1/8" plywood that fit into the grooves. I opted for 6 narrow doors because I laser cut them in the next step and any larger wouldn't fit in the laser. You could cut as few as two doors.
Step 11: Finish Ceiling
If your ceiling isn't patchy like mine was from the demo of the closet, you may not need to do this step, but I cut a piece of plywood to fit the ceiling and framed it out with some leftover 2x2.
Step 12: Laser and Enjoy
Laser cut a pattern into the doors and enjoy your new cabinet.