The Steers Laundry rm. Addition

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These cabinets are made of prefinished clr. maple plywood with solid maple doors and face frames.

There are double rods in the left and right tall cabinets with 4 shelves above the center drawers.

The black granite counter tops have an interesting texture to them, like leather.

Dovetailed drawers are made of 3/4” solid maple and have HD full extension slides.

My shop is small and I don’t have a spray booth so I like to buy 3/4 prefinished clear maple plywood for the casework, wrap with hardwood panels and solid frames and have them sprayed by my cabinet finisher.
Then I install them prefinished with biscuits.

The finish is Zar oil base stain that was sprayed on followed by 2 coats of poly.
FYI- you have to tell these guys to finish all sides of the face frame if you prefer it. .

These stacking units are tough to install inside a cabinet due to the exhaust vent and the water supply box. Code requires that it be accessible for service so we put it inside the broom closet and the vent slides in to a foam donut placed in just the right spot.

We also had to install a drain pan with a separate drain that connected over 10 ft away to avoid soap foam backing up under unit and to help with odors.

Alberto helped me build this unit. He is a proud cabinet maker who loves woodworking too.

We had a SS pan made (200.00) that was exactly the size of inside the cabinet x 1” tall. and glued it to the new treated sub floor. The 1/2” durock and tile butted flush to top of the pan’s front edge. We installed using silicone, treated 1” x 3” cleats with 2” holes x 3/16” deep, in front only, for the feet to keep it from walking.

To remove, just unhook lines, grab the bottom and lift slightly and pull it forward. Plug is behind unit and easy to reach once unit is out. The exhaust was the tough part. to get the unit this tight you can’t use a flex vent.

Note: this pan requires that you pour a pint of water in it every 6-9 mos. to keep the p trap full to prevent odors from backing up. a plant watering can works great.

The floor joists were doubled and blocked to prevent shaking and noise from vibration. Very important on a second floor. I wouldn’t recommend installing these units on a 2nd floor without a wall directly under it.

2nd floor addition in production.

We also refinished the oak floors, repainted the hallway, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, replaced all the plumbing fixtures and towel bars, replaced all the closet interiors, door hardware and hung the curtains.

The full glass pocket door has a cool bamboo pattern.

Hello max,..... sup kitty?

This was a big project which made a huge difference.

EDIT: Added Bonus project!

This 1980’s existing bookcase cabinet was hung 12” up off the floor and had deep straight sides with a square formica top. It seemed top heavy and made it hard to get in and out of bed, plus it was dated and ready for new face.

I replaced the c top with maple plywood with notched corners and corbels, narrowed and cut back the top sides in an arch, replaced the face frame and added a 1/4” bead plus an ogee cut detail on the middle rail,

...replaced the warped solid pine shelves, added a light, extended the legs to the floor, drilled 5mm holes for new adjustable shelves and added shoe and crown.

I sanded and filled every little imperfection before giving it several coats of primer
followed by more sanding and two coats of white oil base paint, satin Empervo by Benjamin Moore.

I wish I had a before shot. This looks much better.

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#1 posted 02-11-2011 04:17 AM

Very nice indeed. I like how everything comes together. Thanks for posting this – now I can drool.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 02-11-2011 04:17 AM

Beautiful work, very nice!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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Todd Thomas

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#3 posted 02-11-2011 04:27 AM

turned out great…really like the color of the cabinets…would you be willing to tell be what stain and color you used?


-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#4 posted 02-11-2011 04:38 AM

That is one fancy laundry room.

-- Jack T, John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life."

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#5 posted 02-11-2011 05:39 AM

beautiful work!

-- Joe, Cumming, GA

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#6 posted 02-11-2011 05:55 AM

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

-- No matter how many factors go into thinking about a project, there is always one important new discovery to be made.

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#7 posted 02-11-2011 06:17 AM

That is sweet! I love the color of the cabinets. (Do you remember what it is?)

I love your work. And I agree about finished EVERYTHING, even if you can’t see it.

Nicely done. Thanks for sharing your projects. You do very, very nice work.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 06:25 AM

Beautiful cabinets.

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#9 posted 02-11-2011 07:29 AM

That is really pretty! :)

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#10 posted 02-11-2011 11:13 AM

Nice cabinets.

-- Scott in Texas

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#11 posted 02-11-2011 12:12 PM

Wonderful cabinets, really nice work.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#12 posted 02-11-2011 02:58 PM

Great cabinets, beautiful finish work. I don’t dare let my wife see this or I will be busy for the next two years.

-- RayCurtis

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#13 posted 02-11-2011 04:14 PM

TT and Pastorglen,
The color… had to ask. It’s a mixture of 4 -5 colors. What a project that was.

I always start out with a 12”x 36” cherry plywood “stain stick” with 4-5 colors on it, varnished.
Then, I make a similar 18×24 cherry door to use for the final stain color sample.

It’s allot of work but this is important to get right or you will never hear the end of it. Don’t rush this.

“You did a really nice job Mark…........................I wish it were a little darker though.” Doh!

Cherry is difficult to stain, some would call it a sin.

The client wanted it darker and didn’t like the variation in color (blotches) so we sprayed a sealer coat, then sprayed on an oil base, transparent stain, then 2 coats of poly which I buffed out after it cured for a day or two.

The inside is prefinished maple plywood, with clear Lacquer. This product completely changed the way I build cabinets.

Thanks everybody for all the compliments.
It’s been a depressing winter. This website has been very therapeutic.

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#14 posted 02-11-2011 04:40 PM

Oh yea…...check out the tile.
We had it completely laid down but the pattern was “square on the diagonal”.

I always prefer that my client be home during the start of a tile install at least to see the layout.
She saw the snapped lines but the tile installer didn’t lay the tile out so she could see the pattern.

She wanted a brick pattern – “staggered on the diagonal”. oops.
So the next morning we pulled it all up, cleaned and scraped everything and re laid the tile as desired.
It took an extra day but it was the right choice. No charge, of course.

The client is always right.
They ended up having us gut and remodel the rest of the 6000 sq ft 1927 shingle style house, inside and out.
So far, It’s been 2 year project. They are one of my best clients.

You can chase money and make it a priority or you can focus on giving and it will chase you.

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#15 posted 02-11-2011 04:54 PM

Wow, all this in a Laundry Room? The rest of the house must be amazing. If not I am sure these clients will be calling you again.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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