You will discover in this tutorial how to build your own custom storage shelving to attach to the side of your bathroom vanity. This will contain toilet paper and other items people prefer to have near the toilet. The size and configuration of your shelving unit may be changed according to your space and preferences. Here is a general guideline of how to go about putting one together.
- 1×8 common (or pine) boards cut to size and sanded; example includes 2×17” (width), 3×25” (height), and 1×7.5” (single shelf) boards
- 120-grit sandpaper
- Kreg jig + screws
- Stain or paint of your choice
- Furniture legs (optional but recommended for vanities with thin, weaker walls)
How To Make It:
- Start by setting up your Kreg jig. Set the drill guide to the thickness of the piece of wood you’ll be working with, and lock it into place.
- Position the stop block on the jig base, then slide the step (drill) bit into the hole that corresponds with the length of screw you’ll be using. (Your jig guide has screw length recommendations; 1-1/4” screws are recommended for attaching 1×8 boards to 1×8 boards.)
- Slide the stop collar onto the top end of the bit until it touches the drill guide. Use the hex wrench to tighten the stop collar to the step (drill) bit.
- Determine which board you want to screw to what holes. In this case, I chose the insides of the side boards for my screw hole placements.
- Remove the step (drill) bit and the stop block from your jig so you can position your board.
- Press down on the black button (ratchet release) on top of the black clamp assembly, and pull the clamp back away from the drill holes (toward the left). Position the board to be drilled so the inside (hole side) is facing the step (drill) bit holes on the jig, in this case toward the right.
- Push the handle down until it is fully clamped. Slide the clamp toward your board until it touches the wood.
- Hold the clamp against your board, then lift the handle until you hear two distinct clicks, which means that the clamp has tightened perfectly against your wood piece. Then push the handle all the way back down into the locked position. Your board should be locked in place; if it’s not, try lifting the handle again.
- Attach the step (drill) bit to your drill. Without turning the drill on yet, slide the bit into your drill hole until it just touches the wood, then withdraw it about 1/4″ to 1/2″.
- Holding your bit out that 1/4″ to 1/2”, turn your drill on to full speed and drill into the wood piece. If you’re not using the vacuum port, you might need to pull your bit in and out a bit to remove the drilled-out wood bits. I didn’t find this necessary with a 1” board.
- Turn off and set down your drill. Unclamp your board and check out the newly created screw hole. It’s beautiful! This will enable you to create a professional-looking storage unit for your bathroom vanity by allowing “invisible” seamless joints.
- Repeat all the steps for as many holes in your board(s) as necessary. I drilled four holes at the ends (two per end) of my three side/vertical boards. I also drilled four holes into my smaller shelf board. The two top boards remained undrilled, as they will be attached to the top ends of the side/vertical boards.
- With your holes all drilled from your kreg jig, it’s now time to assemble your storage unit. Grab a screw of the pre-determined length (in this case, 1-1/4”), place the screw head’s corresponding drill bit into your drill, and attach the boards together. Begin with a side (25”) board attached to a top or bottom (17”) board. You may need an extra hand for this step, to ensure flush alignment and perfect 90-degree angles.
- If you’re including a shelf, measure on another vertical board how far down you want the shelf to rest. Mark this spot on both sides of your vertical board so the shelf will sit level. Attach the shelf to the vertical board through two of your screw holes. Then measure, mark, and attach the top of this vertical board to the underside of your top board at the same distance away as your shelf length (in this case, 7-1/2”).
- Measure and mark the same distance on the vertical board you’ve already attached to the top board.
- Continue screwing your storage unit together.
- With your storage unit entirely assembled, it’s time to work on the finish. Use a fine-to-medium grit sandpaper, such as 120. Carefully sand the boards and joints so they are seamless and smooth.
- With your unit sanded and smooth, choose the finish of your choice.
- Leave your storage unit out to dry completely. Then, you can hang out and be proud of what you succeeded to do!