Bathroom Vanity Toe Kick
Home repair expert Henry Harrison helps a guest install a toe kick beneath a bathroom cabinet.
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Materials and Tools:
power drill with a countersinking bit
1x6 cabinet-grade poplar board
1. Measure the height from the tile to the bottom of the cabinet. Subtract about 1/8" to give yourself some wiggle room.
2. Measure the length and add a bit. Once you install the toe kick you can trim off the ends so they're flush with the sides of the cabinet.
3. Transfer measurements onto the poplar. Use a combination square to draw a perfectly parallel line for the length.
4. Clamp the board to a workbench and cut the toe kick using a circular saw. Be sure to wear safety glasses and a dust mask when using power tools.
5. Paint the toe kick in the workshop so you can avoid masking off the area in the bathroom. Drive a nail partially into each end of the toe kick and suspend it between a pair of sawhorses. Allow paint to dry for 30 minutes.
6. In this situation, the tile was uneven so a spacer square was added to one end of the cabinet. The spacer is attached to the cabinet and the toe kick will attach to the spacer. Pre-drill a pilot hole with a countersinking bit in the spacer before installing.
7. Fit the toe kick in position and mark the excess that needs to be cut away. Cut to length with a fine-toothed pull saw.
8. Slip the toe kick back into position and pre-drill two pilot holes with countersink on each end. Secure the toe kick with screws.
9. Apply wood putty over screw holes and touch-up the paint if necessary.
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