Custom Dishwasher Panel Progress #1: Design Phase. Getting off my ....

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 09-17-2007 12:15 AM 3804 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The Quest
The kitchen is somewhat functional but waiting for its doors and drawers and pullouts. Allright.. it’s not that functional.

Anyway, near the top of the list of 100 thinks to do around the house…. Build custom dishwasher panel.

The dishwasher I bought has a harness. Build a panel. Screw to harness. Attach harness to dishwasher and voila… Custom panel.

Here is a shot of the waiting bay for the dishwasher.

Murky water
The dishwasher comes with following “relevant” diagrams of panel dimensions.


Something like this anyway. Basic door like my cabinet doors, but taller.

I decided to simplify the beadboard this time by putting slots on both edges and then milling splines to fit rather than tongue and groove. This cuts down the router runs by 2. I am also only v-grooving one face. Cutting down on one more extra set up. (though I have to mill splines.

I spent some time planning out cutlists and procedures.
Dishpanel Cutlist






Bottom Rail




23 5/8

Top Rail



1 1/2

23 5/8





34 1/2

Bead Board



3 3/8





3 1/2

23 5/8






1. Mill rail, filler and beadbaord stock
2. Beadboard a. Cut slots ¼ x ½ on router table or table saw. b. Cut edge “half” v-groove on router table c. Cut middle v-groove on router table
3. Mill Splines to fit
4. “Domino” beadboard into rails.
5. Sand to 220
6. Glue up
7. Mill filler and baseboard stock
8. Finish a. 2 coats red mahogany gel stain b. dewaxed shellac c. 3 coats wipe on poly

I need to get going on this. Since work started again I have been very tired and not super motivated. But the list of 100 things to do must happen. So I am going out this afternoon to look for some stock in the pile.

Wish me luck.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

5 comments so far

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#1 posted 09-17-2007 12:30 AM

That looks like a really cool project. I admire your thoroughness in planning it out before starting any of the milling, etc. I usally do it the other way around, and end up regretting it. Looking forward to seeing the completed result!

-- Robb

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Bob Babcock

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#2 posted 09-17-2007 02:50 AM

Looks good John. Can’t wait to see this all finished.

-- Bob

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#3 posted 09-17-2007 04:49 AM

I wondered how they put the panel on the metal door.

Now I know. at least one way.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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Thos. Angle

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#4 posted 09-17-2007 05:44 AM

The drawings on these things are always a little ding-dongy ( probably lost in the translation) but I think you will get through it just fine. You have a plan.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-18-2007 03:02 PM

I always wondered, as well.

I hope that helped :)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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