Washer Dryer Pedestal

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Project by JohnMeeley posted 02-05-2013 10:06 AM 17893 views 27 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Project measures 55” wide by 32” deep by 13” total rise including leveling feet.
Constructed with 2 by 4 framing lumber for the interior framework, all half-lap joints.
Frame and panel skirts applied to exterior are paint grade 3/4” Poplar and 1/4”MDF.
!/2” MDF top set in flush with skirting, Primed and painted.
!/4’ thick maple drawer fronts finished with 3 coats of BLO.
My only real regret, not completing this project a lot sooner. What a backsaver when running a load of laundry.
Next up, electrical, plumbing and drywall additions to the room, then more cabinetwork to complete the room.
Thanks for looking!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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Chris Moellering

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#1 posted 02-05-2013 11:17 AM

Nice work. My wife really appreciates the one I made for her recently as well.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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#2 posted 02-05-2013 11:37 AM

Great idea and well done. With my back I can appreciate the improvement, plus the extra storage space.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Tom Godfrey

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#3 posted 02-05-2013 11:55 AM

Nice job. Have saved this on my favorite to make some time in the future, provided I ever get time to do it. The one thing that I would add is maybe locking rollers. The reason is I do most all our repair work and if I happen to have to repair or replace either of the units it would be easy to roll out and get to back. Now this may cause a problems if the clothes are out of balance and it may want to move.
Thank for the idea and all the instructions.

-- Tom Godfrey Landrum South Carolina ([email protected])

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Jim Finn

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#4 posted 02-05-2013 02:01 PM

Nice job! I raised our dryer only. Washer is a top loader. Raised the dryer 8” with a drawer like yours.

-- No PHD just a DD214 Lubbock Texas

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#5 posted 02-05-2013 03:09 PM

Nice work, never understood why people pay 500 dollars for these when you can make them your self. Allot of money for plastic storage bins too look good in a room my guest never go.

Well done.

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

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#6 posted 02-05-2013 07:14 PM

I like it…thinking of doing something similar..
have you had any issues with the machines moving on that platform? mine move a bit but they sit on the tile floor so no big deal. would not be fun if it fell off the pedestal!
are they anchored in any way ?

-- Pabs

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#7 posted 02-05-2013 09:07 PM

The wife has been on me for one of these for years, this looks good.

-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle

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#8 posted 02-05-2013 10:39 PM

Tom, I do all my repair work also. But, I needed my son just to heft the washer up 13”. Maybe making One unit for both was a mistake. Seemed practical at the time.
Ken, Bingo! I spent half the cost of one commercial unit! I win.
Pabs, no issues yet. However, the thought did occur to forstner bit a recess for the feet. Or hold the skirting high to create a lip around the perimeter.
Thank you all for the feedback, My wife and I want to put a finished look to our basement laundry room, and this was my step one to get some plumbing issues worked out. After drywall is up I’ll have more cabinets to post on this site.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#9 posted 02-06-2013 02:25 AM

Nice, gives me many ideas.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#10 posted 02-08-2013 08:31 PM

Very good

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 03-12-2013 05:57 PM

Nice, my wife wants something very similar

-- Kirby

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#12 posted 03-13-2013 08:19 AM

Kirby- It’s been a couple of weeks in use. No issues to report. If I were to build it again, I could streamline the construction and remain satisfied with the structural strength.

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#13 posted 04-03-2018 02:09 AM

Would love to try this out. I was considering the forstner bit for the legs or raising the trip. Has this been an issue for you yet?

Any regrets? Casters? Did you wish you had created two instead of one?

Love the lap joints btw, by far the best design so far. I hope to do a similar project this summer using this for inspiration

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