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Thread: Building a 2 holer outhouse!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ

    Building a 2 holer outhouse!

    We want to build a cabinet for the dining room of our ranch house where the kids ( 9 and 12 ) can store there book bags and other school stuff.

    As a joke we want to make it look like an outhouse. My sensitive 12 year old daughter doesn't think it's funny, but my wife does!

    The basic design would be to build a 36" high, 34" wide and 17" deep cabinet in the form of 2 vertical lockers.

    I have attached a primitive attempt at a sketchup drawing of what I want. I've used AutoCad, Turbo Cab and some other drawing programs. This Sketchup takes a little getting used to . . .

    The case will be out of 3/4 BB plywood with a face frame on the front edges. There would be 2 doors opening on 270 degree hinges to swing out flat against the side of the case.

    Option 1 on the doors would be to take some pine boards, put a bead detail on the edges, run them vertically with a z brace on the inside. There would of course be the requisite crescent moon cutout. I've heard that a sunburst was the "Men's Room" symbol and the moon was the "Ladies Room" symbol. I can't seem to find an example of an appropriate sunburst symbol. Can anyone point out some examples?

    Option 2 would be a simple flat panel door. The panel would be plywood. I would make the crescent moon an applique as opposed to a cutout so you wouldn't see the ply edges.

    The finish will be distressed paint and possibly a crackle finish. My involvement is supposed to end with delivery of the unfinished cabinet, but we'll see!!!

    I'm not very fast in the shop, so this thread might take some time to get to the final pictures.


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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ
    Well folks, I finally finished the project - almost a year after the original post.

    I started work on the cabinet in August 2009 and it was completed in time for back to school in early September 2009. I had built a set of doors at that time, but I didn't care for the way they turned out.

    I put the cabinet in the living room without doors. That gave the bookbags and school supplies a home off the dining room table and living room couch.

    The cabinet is 3/4" BB plywood with a 1/2" BB back panel. The face frame, top and base trim are all solid wood - supposedly mahogany I bought off Craig's List last summer.

    The doors frames are also mahogany and the inset panels are oak bead board (bought at the Borg).

    I need to put the knobs on and mark it done.

    Picture 1 is the interior of the cabinet with the doors open.
    Picture 2 is the cabinet with the doors closed.


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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Jim that way to cool for kids to "dump" their kit in the outhouse. I see the finish part seem to extend to your department as well no distressed finish with crackle paint Eh!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    falcon heights, minnesota
    either you gave up on the outhouse idea, or that's the fanciest outhouse i've ever seen...
    benedictione omnes bene

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    new york city burbs
    thats a nice cabinet for the school books and bags...I think its also something that you can have for 30 years without the novelty of an outhouse design wearing off. Its a pretty piece of furniture, and Im sure youre 13 y/o(I added a year for your build), is much happier with daddy now that you saw her side of things. On those little princesses!
    looks like mahogany to me, what did you finish it with?
    Last edited by allen levine; 10-03-2009 at 03:24 AM.

  6. #6
    Having been raised on a farm with a two holer on site, I never envisioned such fine cabinetry. We never had it so good, as I recall... We had one door with a devider wall between each compartment (not saying much for modisty or privicy in the privy... ) Your's is a work of art

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    either you gave up on the outhouse idea, or that's the fanciest outhouse i've ever seen...
    Ours come with cup holders!

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Nice cabinet. But, like others, I was looking forward to seeing the outhouse.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    feels good to have it finished huh looks like yu done a fine job there
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    That is indeed, one beautiful outhouse. I had a nightstand project that drug-on a year. Everything else always seemed to come first. Your piece looks great.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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