Looking to replace the vanity in our bathroom. Kicking around the idea of an RTA vanity cabinet (not from IKEA).Seen on the DYI shows that some of the hosts use RTA with cam-lock assembly, while some hosts on the site state DO NOT use cam-lock, should be pin and glue. Obviously vendors state theirs is better than the other, depending on which type they sell. Any thoughts on which way to go with RTA? Thanx up front for any help.This message has been edited. Last edited by: Stan G,
I've been a fan of plywood, glue, and screws or nails forever. I have had some RTA furniture in the past. if you don't load it up, it's OK. anything with MDF or other scuzwood, I would not hang like I wanted it for 20 or more years, personally.
if you build it like you want it airtight, like a speaker cabinet, with solid materials, a cabinet should last the life of the house. to that end, made the downstairs bathroom vanity with 3/4 ply, oak facing, screws and glue myself. made the bookcase/storage wall of 5 units myself. sanded down and refinished the kitchen, laundry, and bathroom cabinets as a family project because there was nothing wrong with the cabinets other than nasty doors and awful near-black stain.
making a series of individual cabinets is a piece of work and/or money, so I see the RTA alternative for a lot of folks. just make sure it's real wood and real assembly, not "20 minute" cheap assembly hardware that is not as strong as a wood/glue bond.
sig: if this is a new economy, how come they still want my old-fashioned money?
Thanx for the reply. I'm not the biggest fan of particleboard, though it does have it's uses here and there, but definitely do not want that in the bathroom. I was looking at RTA, with real wood of course, thinking it may be a lower cost alternative to "store-bought" vanity cabinets, although finding out the cost difference is not as much as I thought.
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