Laundry Room Cabinets

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Project by Vrtigo1 posted 02-24-2011 05:09 AM 8299 views 4 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently had a 4 day weekend, so I decided it was time to tackle some cabinets to replace the wire shelving in our laundry room. These are made from 3/4 oak ply with red oak face frame and raised panel doors. Dimensions are 33.25W x 12D x 20H. Although not pictured, the side and center panels have shelf pin holes and I also made shelves out of plywood with hardwood fronts. They are hung with french cleats, which work amazingly well. The cabinets lift right off the wall while at the same time being plenty stout enough to support them fully loaded.

This is the third set of cabinets I’ve built and I can see my skills improving. This time around I decided to forgo the stacked dado and made all the rabbets and dados with a router and I must say I like this method better. It saves a lot of time using a dado jig vs wasting tons of time messing around with shims. Thanks to my new Osbourne miter gauge, I also made all the cuts using my table saw instead of switching over to my miter saw to cut pieces to length. Everything fit perfectly and it was a very satisfying experience.

The hangers below the cabinet were an afterthought that I made after the cabinets were already assembled and hung. I hadn’t realized that I wouldn’t have anywhere to store hangers once I got rid of the existing wire shelf. The “brackets” and dowels are both also red oak. I made the dowels on my router table by ripping pieces of wood 3/4” square and then rounding over the edges. It really made me wish I had a lathe I could chuck it in to sand it, as doing it by hand took a while.

The finish is two coats of Minwax Polyshades “Classic Oak” This is the first time I’ve used a combo stain/polyurethane and I was very happy with the results.

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#1 posted 02-24-2011 05:20 AM

Looks like a good replacement for those wire rack things! Well done.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 02-24-2011 05:52 AM

Those cabinets looks nice.

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#3 posted 02-24-2011 06:21 AM

Vrtigo, looks good from here.Did you size the faceframe to accomadate the doors are did you mill the doors. BTW congadulations on coming around to the router thing for dados, rabbit, etc. Some never seem to figure that one out. I still have a set or two of dado stacks but they have not been used im sure for 25 or more years. Have yet to find anyone with a one inch arbor that wants em. Enjoy

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#4 posted 02-24-2011 11:33 AM

Nice work, look good.

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

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#5 posted 02-25-2011 09:43 AM

Great job on those. They look very pro.

-- - Martin

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#6 posted 02-28-2011 05:50 PM

Thanks for the comments, All. I think they came out pretty good and am happy with them. I did run into a few things that went on my cabinet checklist. First, when doing raised panel doors, I’ll finish the panels before assembling the doors so there won’t be unfinished edges to peek out when the panels shrink. Second, I’ll be drilling shelf pin holes after the carcasses are assembled from here on out. I made it a point to try and keep everything lined up properly, but still ended up with misaligned shelf pin holes. Not a huge deal, but the shelves rock a bit.

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#7 posted 04-06-2011 03:31 AM

Great job. I like the addition of the rack for hangers.

-- Alex -- "I will one day write something intelligent, witty, or humorous here"

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