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Old 10-07-2013, 09:37 PM   #1
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I have a medicine cabinet that has three sections, each about 11" wide, total about 34", and each section has it's own mirrored door.

The cabinet shelves are made of MDF, and it's 33" long by 3.5" wide, 3/8" thick. Over the years due to moisture, spillage of liquid medicine these shelves have bowed and swollen in spots.

The shelves rest on shelf insert "pins" on

I am thinking of replacing them with a different material.

1/4" thick tempered glass come to mind.

Any other materials to consider? I don't want to go back to MDF shelves.

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A medicine cabinet with MDF shelves can't have been expensive to start with. Maybe you should consider replacing it - I think the best shelves would be tempered glass, but they would probably cost more than a new cabinet.

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I considered it, but decided not to.

The entire bathroom is tiled, the cabinet was obviously installed prior to the tiling as the wall tiles and backsplash tiles were installed "around" it. Unless I can find something with same exact footprint I don't want to open a bigger can of worms.
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You could use Azek or another brand of plastic board. Personaly, I'd go with the glass.
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Another possibility: Plastic kitchen cutting boards are inexpensive and can be bought just about anywhere. They cut easily on a table saw. Make your own shelves.
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Note the dimensions. 33"+ length by 3.5" width.

The shelves are only supported on the ends by shelf pin inserts.

The material must be stiff or it will sag in the middle.
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Note the dimensions. 33"+ length by 3.5" width.

The shelves are only supported on the ends by shelf pin inserts.

The material must be stiff or it will sag in the middle.

I built a 60" bookcase out of 1"x6" for DVDs five years ago. I knew it was going to sag, so I just cut several extra pieces of wood to fill for moveable supports. You can add supports out of a number of materials. Glue them in place if you want.

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I built a 60" bookcase out of 1"x6" for DVDs five years ago. I knew it was going to sag, so I just cut several extra pieces of wood to fill for moveable supports. You can add supports out of a number of materials. Glue them in place if you want.
Yes I do the same for book shelves and other things. There are various ways to increase the stiffness of a shelf member...the challenge is make these ideas scalable to something small and minimalistic like a medicine cabinet.

The only idea that came to mind that may work is to drill holes on the back side of the medicince cabinet and put intermediate pins along the 33"+ length.

I am going with frosted glass shelves, have those ordered today.

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