Custom Dishwasher Panel Progress #8: Installation

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Blog entry by gizmodyne posted 11-16-2007 07:18 AM 2876 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The installation of the diswasher finally begins.

The first step: nailing a steam shield to the bottom of the counter.

I spent a lot of time leveling and fussing with the machine. Here you see me marking the plastic templates that come with the machine. It helps to set the height of the panel. It is marked and then attached to the metal harness.

Finding the centerline on the back of the panel.

Setting the harness. It is alligned along the center line and the marks from the plastic templates (now attached to the harness).

Pre-drilling the harness. Tape depth stop.

I slid the panel on. It fit. (No photo) I attached the hardware. It is actually a brass screen door handle, but it seemed to look right to us. I wanted to be able to grab it overhand, which you can’t do with a bin pull. I use slotted screws for all of the work (phillips were not used at the time of my house’s construction). I always use handtools for hardware attchment (too many accidents with the drill).

Testing the door.

A shot of the controls.

I cut the rail to close up the bottom of the panel. It is just pushed into place now, but I will attach permanently.

Well the majority of the work is done. I still need to permanently install the bottom rail, stain the trim. Also the diswasher needs a repair (good times). Tech comes on Wed.

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

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#1 posted 11-16-2007 07:25 AM

John -

That is really beautiful work! Excellent installation. Congratulations!


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#2 posted 11-16-2007 11:15 AM

John you did a great job. If I hadn’t seen the picture of the dw with the door open, I would not have believed that you had installed on. Nice blend-in.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 11-16-2007 12:30 PM

ditto to above!

Fascinating journey with a beautiful end result.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 11-16-2007 12:37 PM

terrific job.
Does this mean you can go clean up the shop, now?
Or can you get back to the funnies?
We do understand that making your kitchen liveable is a priority over the funnies.

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

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#5 posted 11-16-2007 01:13 PM

That could not be any more perfect!

-- I've cut that board three times and it's still too short!

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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 11-16-2007 02:57 PM

That is just great work , John. I wonder about the steam shield, ours didn’t come with one. Is it purchased seperately? Yeah, we need more funnies!!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 11-16-2007 04:21 PM

Just a great job on this whole thing Giz (D/W Panel Blogs). A work of art if you will. Congradulations on a job very well done.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#8 posted 11-17-2007 05:43 AM

Thanks all. On to the next projects…..

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

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#9 posted 11-17-2007 06:40 AM

John. A very nice job. I’d never seen one done before. It looks great.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 11-17-2007 06:51 AM

Thanks Karson.

How can any woodworker resist customizing their dishwasher. I’d build panels for my fridge too if I could. (Actually there are fridges that accept custom panels).

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

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