A Pair of Cherry Clothes/Laundry Hampers

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Project by FuzzyDove posted 12-05-2018 12:29 AM 2153 views 6 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guess it was finally time to air a little dirty laundry… For some time now I’ve been wanting to build a pair of laundry hampers that would go along with the double-sided chest of drawers that I built a while back for our closet (see past projects). So using the wood from a cherry tree that was felled and dried on my property, I built these to resemble ones that my wife liked best from a quick internet image search. Each slat is ½” thick and 5/8” deep for no particular reason other than the dimensions looked good when mocking up. By overlapping each slat the only joinery required was provided by an insulation wire placed through holes drilled in the end of each slat as they were glued up (picture 3). Each slat was rounded over (1/8”) on the router table being careful not to round over the last 5/8” of an inch. Picture 2 shows what the slats looked like before rounding over the edges – in that picture I had not assembled anything – just stacked them for fun like a game of Jinga. Originally I intended to NOT put trim on the edge of each corner, but once it was all together it had an unfinished look/feel to it so I used some sapele to box out the edges and top. Interestingly, the edges are not mitered at the corner, but rather they were cut out of a square of wood to be a single solid piece instead of two trim pieces glued at a mitered corner (hope that makes sense). The floor is just a solid piece of cherry that is ½” thick. I pre-sanded and stained all the slats before assembly. The finish is a few coats of cherry Danish oil with a few final layers of sprayed polyurethane. The final hampers turned out visually pleasing, are super sturdy and match the chest of drawers pretty well (see last picture) so mission accomplished.

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#1 posted 12-05-2018 01:01 AM

Those are very pretty and practical too.

I do like the “saved” cherry being used close to where it used to live!

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

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#2 posted 12-05-2018 02:17 AM

Pretty cool creation. Nice work.

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#3 posted 12-05-2018 04:35 AM

Nice Projects Fuzzy & Well Done!

Rick S.

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 12-05-2018 10:51 AM

Great project! A very imaginative approach to an otherwise mundane piece of furniture. I like it a lot.

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#5 posted 12-05-2018 05:32 PM

Simple and elegant design. Looks great! Probably makes you want to do your laundry more too to get all of the messy clothes out!

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#6 posted 12-05-2018 07:53 PM

Beautiful – almost too nice for dirty laundry! I love the insulated wire joinery too.

-- Just make the cut

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#7 posted 12-06-2018 12:24 AM

Excellent work!

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#8 posted 12-06-2018 11:38 AM

Magnificant design…there is only one flaw…there will be lot of dust between (on) those horizontal bars. I’m telling from my experiance – I made something with leters cut with jigsaw – lot of dust in letter’s edges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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