Washer and Dryer Pedestals

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Project by flossy posted 01-02-2012 09:13 PM 24889 views 24 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Two weeks before Christmas my Middle School-aged son says, “It doesn’t feel like Christmas when we don’t make something for somebody.” So, we picked our favorite recipient (his mother) and settled on pedestals for the washer and dryer. We’d build them with a large drawer in each for storage of detergent, etc.

I thought this would be as simple as building two cabinets for the shop, but a bit of research quickly revealed the structural challenge of holding a large water-filled vessel (with some centrifugal force action thrown in, to make things interesting). The breakthrough came when I found this project by fellow LJ’r Chipncut:

We followed his approach to the structural core and then wrapped it in ¾” birch plywood. The fronts have a simple maple faceframe.


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#1 posted 01-03-2012 12:22 AM

They look really nice. We just bought a front load set and couldn’t justify the money for the pedestals so I told my wife I’d make some and got a funny look. I will have to show her these how did u attach the base to the washer and dryer

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 12:30 AM

Those came out nice. I’ve thought about building them for our set, but then again I don’t know how i’d lift that washing machine. I guess the new ones have a weight in them to counterbalance the spinning.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 12:35 AM

I couldn’t justify the corporate versions, either. These have been on “the list” for a bit and I was happy to have a chance to build them. If you build cabinets for your shop, you can knock these out without trouble.

The weight of the machines, well, that is a bridge that needs crossing. The missus and I got them up without trouble, but I did note that it was a good thing she’s been hitting the weights.


Sbilly, I didn’t answer your question. The weight of the machine holds everything in place quite nicely. Again, cutnchip’s stud-wall-style skeleton is a key to making this work.

Best of luck with your build.


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#4 posted 01-03-2012 12:54 AM

They look fantastic! What do you think about the possibility of using some painted MDF for the skins? Water would be an issue, but not sure if it would hold up to the spinning heavy force every day. Maybe I could just use some S2S plywood and paint it for a few bucks more. Great project and very helpful to see the build go together. Thanks!

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 01:06 AM

Great idea ,the look so much better than the stock metal pedestals.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 01:29 AM

@JasonC73—Whatever skin you choose would be fine. The vital part is in the core, which is essentially a miniature version of a stud wall. Beyond that, a paintable outside would be perfect.

@James—Thanks for the kind words.


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#7 posted 01-03-2012 01:35 AM

Looks a ton better than those plane looking metal ones (and probably much cheaper to build!). Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 01:40 AM

Cheaper, for sure, Kelen. Two sheets of plywood and some 2x scrap. Total cost is about $100 (or a bit less). Versus $400 for the plastic versions? No thanks.


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#9 posted 01-03-2012 02:39 AM

Great job! Ideas like this, make LuberJocks a great website.

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#10 posted 01-03-2012 07:42 AM

Mine are much uglier, but y’all got me worried. Mine are a single 60 inch rectangular box, made from MDO plywood, with a center support. Resting on four leveling feet that I pulled off an old washer years ago. The machines are not secured, but they have not moved a hair. (I do have fancy “low vibration, direct drive, fully medicated” machines…)

Should I worry? Build a lip? Reinforce? Run?

-- Laziness minus Apathy equals Efficiency

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#11 posted 01-03-2012 03:23 PM


I’d say nothing proves more than putting them into action. If they haven’t moved, I’d say you’re in good shape. It’s quite possible that these are overbuilt.


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#12 posted 10-30-2012 10:57 PM

Oh great Ideal. I just got to machines like that not long ago.

-- It's when they don't show their prices that you know they may be trying to rip you off.

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#13 posted 04-10-2013 10:01 AM

These look outstanding! I guess I know what my next project is going to be :)

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