Washer / Dryer stands.

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Project by Myk3 posted 02-05-2015 03:42 AM 3178 views 15 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We went to buy a new washer and dryer after we redid the laundry room. I saw the price on the pedestals and said I bet I could find something to do that job for a fourth of the cost. I found some plans on Ana White’s site which fit the bill perfect.

Birch plywood, 4×4s, and some molding.. Added some paint after sanding and everything looks great!

Plans were from here..

The cost of these were around $200. Comparison cost from home depot is around $500 ($250 for each)

-- Learning as I go..

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#1 posted 02-05-2015 12:40 PM

Beautiful look and great build. My wife has been looking at pedestals for our front loads as part of the laundry room remodel. Showed her yours ….looks like one of my next builds.

Any lessons learned during your build?

Thanks for sharing

-- Dan, TN

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#2 posted 02-05-2015 01:05 PM

Undoubtedly the nicest washer/dryer stand I’ve ever seen. Classy. The crown and trim really makes it pop.

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#3 posted 02-05-2015 02:15 PM

I think the thing i learned most on this build was that the quality of 2×4s at the home center are terrible. I didn’t take my time and pick the best ones. I also don’t like how the plans use the angle brackets to secure the 4×4 to the top.. I couldn’t think of a better way, and it has been holding on for well over a year at this point so i guess it is working out ok..

-- Learning as I go..

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#4 posted 02-05-2015 02:22 PM

This looks nice. A very useful and productive build. Well done.

Commenting on your comment about the angle brackets to hold the top to the 4×4’s
I would drive a lag screw through the top and bottom into the 4×4’s. Countersink them, fill hole, sand and paint. Wouldn’t even have to worry about the looks of the ones you drove in from the bottom as they won’t be seen.
I just don’t trust angle brackets for strength….......however in this case the machines are pushing down on the top to keep it in place anyway so it may be overkill. Plus like you said, it has been a year so far and the machines haven’t shaken them loose yet.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#5 posted 02-05-2015 05:04 PM

Nice work1

I agree plans/directions etc. are merely a place to start from!

I also get accused of “overbuild”; but, my things stay together!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#6 posted 02-05-2015 05:09 PM

I agree I don’t think i have built anything the way the plan says it is “supposed” to be.. I’m not sure if my modifications are better, but they are better to me.

-- Learning as I go..

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#7 posted 02-05-2015 07:49 PM

Nice. I have been wanting to build some for years but I have a really small house and ended up stacking it. Don’t forget to leave the washing machine door cracked or it will start to mold on the seal.

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#8 posted 02-05-2015 07:55 PM

Yeah, I always always always leave it cracked.. I also wash it out once a month with “Whirlpool – Affresh Washer Machine Cleaner” (its the only thing that have locally). I haven’t had an issue yet..

I agree if my house was just a tad smaller than it is, I would stack them also.. I built these right after I tore down a few walls to make the laundry room bigger..

-- Learning as I go..

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#9 posted 02-06-2015 01:16 AM

Makes one wonder why the machine manufacturers don;t build the machines with the base incorporated into the machine. Design engineers my arse!! Why would anyone buy these?

-- Art, Pittsburgh.

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#10 posted 02-06-2015 03:34 PM

I built a stand similar when we lived in Tennessee. Unfortunately it was built in so well that I couldn’t take it when we moved. So now I gotta do it again. As I (we) get older, getting down on our knees is the pits when doing laundry!

I used to use that commercial washer cleaner and someone told me that the dry lemonade powder does just as good. Yes it does, way cheaper too.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#11 posted 02-06-2015 06:01 PM

Great job. Thanks for posting this. New washer and dryer are supposed to come soon. So guess what I’ll be building.

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