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Project by lightweightladylefty posted 05-28-2020 06:32 PM 610 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I can check another project off my to-do list! These oak cabinets are installed above the washer and dryer in an alcove. This project had been designed and redesigned umpteen times over the years. I finally came up with an idea that I liked but didn’t have any hardwood plywood on hand. I looked over the sheets of tongue-and-groove plywood Sturd-I-Floor that I had and realized I could make do with it. Since only one side would be visible, I was able to have the knot-free side showing. It actually was easier to get sanded nicely since I didn’t have to worry about sanding through paper-thin veneer.

The four cathedral doors had been left over from a kitchen project from 40 years ago. I was able to get an exact match of the stain from the remainder of a pint I inherited when Dad sold the farm a couple years ago. The stain was probably more than 40 years old, too. (When we get old, 40 years ago seems like yesterday.)

I first fitted the two outside cabinets; then made the center cabinet to fit the opening. The center cabinet projects 2½ inches from the others.

To get the outside stiles scribed correctly, before assembling the frame I taped each one to a level, then added a drill bit of the proper size to the level and scribed my line. It was a lot easier than scribing the frame after the cabinet was made.

I attached a shelf to the wall to set the cabinets on to make it doable for me. Even though the cabinets (minus doors) were not really heavy, filling the four screw holes in the drywall was much easier than juggling cabinets while aligning and screwing them to the wall.

The hardest part of the project was coping the crown molding. I couldn’t figure out a good way to clamp a 2½-inch piece and have room to angle the coping saw adequately. I should have coped it from a larger piece and then cut it to size . . . but I got it done . . . finally. Live and Learn!

Thanks for looking!

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-28-2020 06:35 PM

Those are some very good looking cabinets. Those short pieces of crown molding are a real challenge and you did them great!! That was the first thing I noticed with that off set – how nice that turned out

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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pottz

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#2 posted 05-28-2020 06:38 PM

beautiful cabinets especially for a laundry room.glad my wife doesn’t see yours or id have another project.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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tyvekboy

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#3 posted 05-28-2020 07:25 PM

Very nice cabinets … especially for the laundry room. Good job.

It would have been easier to install the cabinets with french cleats. Of course the crown molding would have to been installed after the cabinets were hung.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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lightweightladylefty

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#4 posted 05-28-2020 07:42 PM

Jim, Larry, and Tyvek, Thanks for the kind comments.

Tyvek, why didn’t you suggest the French cleat before I hung them? ;-) I still think screwing them to the two walls and then to each other was a bit easier for me so I didn’t need to allow as much space above the cabinet if I were to drop the cabinet over the cleat. But the French cleat looks nicer since it does away with screw heads showing inside the cabinets.

I did install the crown after the cabinets were hung. I screwed it in from the back side of the top rail since that rail was 3 inches high and it gave me sufficient room to screw.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#5 posted 05-28-2020 07:48 PM

Those are fantastic! Beautiful work.

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Peteybadboy

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#6 posted 05-28-2020 08:01 PM

Agree with everyone. Nice job.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 05-28-2020 08:35 PM

beautifully done i like how the doors are GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#8 posted 05-28-2020 11:43 PM

That mitered crown molding is fantastic. Those cabinets are really great.

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oldrivers

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#9 posted 05-29-2020 01:53 AM

Beautiful cabinets, you did a great job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 05-29-2020 03:43 AM

Bob, Petey, Tony, Bob (2), and Oldrivers,

Thanks for all your encouraging remarks. I guess I better use the encouragement to get busy and mark off a few more of those projects on my to-do list.

L/W

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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justoneofme

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#11 posted 05-29-2020 03:04 PM

Don’t ya just love being able to tick off another project on your to-do list?! Those are the best laundry cabinets I’ve ever seen … beautiful!! What’s next ? :)

-- Elaine in Duncan

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lightweightladylefty

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#12 posted 05-29-2020 04:11 PM

Thanks, Elaine. After a major window repair, I’m hoping to get started on two sets of bifold doors for closets. Sometimes I have trouble getting motivated between projects.

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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justoneofme

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#13 posted 05-30-2020 01:48 AM

Ah yes, I know the feeling! ... but with Covid keeping you home, there’s plenty of time to tackle all those jobs AND STILL allow dips in motivation. What’s the rush, eh?!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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lightweightladylefty

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#14 posted 05-30-2020 01:53 AM

Elaine,

“What’s the rush, eh?!!”

Old Age ?!!

-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Grumpy

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#15 posted 05-31-2020 12:54 AM

Nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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