Laundry room cabinets

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Project by Salty posted 03-31-2010 12:33 AM 2606 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first interior “home improvement” project. The laundry room was a good place to get my feet wet with cabinetry work. I decided that we needed some storage above the washer and dryer. I chose a simple design with simple maple doors. The cabinet carcasses are nothing special—just the white melamine particle board joined with a bunch of pocket screws. For something in the normal living areas I’ll use dados and better wood. I kept things simple on the doors by using sub tenons with prefinished 1/2” maple ply panels. I don’t have the fancy rail and stile router bits. If I do more cabinetry projects then I’ll upgrade my router system. Lastly, I pre-finished the rails/stiles with satin poly and then glued everything up. I just built and installed an identical cabinet to the left of the one in the picture. I still need to add some trim around the walls. I had a lot of fun with this project and I learned a lot. Thanks for looking.

Update: I added a few more pictures. I messed up on setting the counterbores for the hinges. I ended up repairing the hole with a Dutchman patch. The space between the cabinets will get a 1.5” white strip. This will be a good place to put some hooks.


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#1 posted 03-31-2010 12:35 AM

Nice! Bet the wife is happy.

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 02:58 AM

I really like the maple!

Nothing wrong with the simple stub tenons, I have the fancy rail and stile set and I’m currently building a bath vanity with the stubs as a welcome change. Raised panels are sometimes overkill.

Good job

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 04:26 AM

I have been wanting to do the same in my laundry room as well and I think you have given me the push I needed. thanks. I like the clean simple design that can be perfect for a starter cabinet makers.
Nice project.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#4 posted 03-31-2010 04:33 AM

Great Lookin Cabinet

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 03-31-2010 10:39 AM

Nice work and keep it up… Welcome to LJ’s one of the greatest web pages around!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 03-31-2010 04:53 PM

Thanks for the comments. It’s really nice to have some storage on that empty wall. The cabinet doors came out nicer than I thought. All of our cabinets have raised panel maple doors so these don’t really match. Now I see every empty wall in our house as a potential project. Woodworking is addicting.

And I agree that LJ is one of the greatest site around!


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