Laundry Hamper

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Project by Woodchuck4 posted 10-03-2012 05:43 PM 11518 views 6 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this as my “test” project to work on my joinery cuts, assembly, and staining. Main thing I learned is….making the slates out of 3/4” stock = one heavy hamper! Ha

The whole thing is made out of 3/4” thick red oak. The bottom curtain (brown section) has a dado routed in it to hold the floor piece and is set about 1/4 of the way up from the bottom to allow the curtain to hide the swivel casters attached to the bottom. All the corners on every piece is mitered, and as you can see in pics 2 and 3 I cut a groove in the top piece for added strength since it will be dragged around by that part most likely. All of the slates run full length from the floor to the bottom side of the top rail. I notched them out to create a half lap so they would set onto the narrow side of the bottom/top curtain pieces. I did that for 2 reasons, 1) I liked the step/depth changes it added to it, and 2) it gave added help in making sure the slates were perpindicular to the curtains.

This project taught me a lot about dimensioning a piece of furniture. This one would be more stable on the wheels if I would have made it a little shorter and made it wider on the short sides. It can tip easier than I would like, but didn’t find that out until it was completed. It also taught me to think more about the wood thickness I use as regard to the overall weight of the finished product. I enjoyed making it and it’s definiitely better than the plastic/metal walmart special hamper we had that was constaintly falling apart :-)

Thanks for looking, and any tips and/or advice is more than welcome. Help this young woodchuck learn.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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#1 posted 10-04-2012 02:08 AM

Nice Job!

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#2 posted 10-04-2012 11:39 AM

Nice design.

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#3 posted 10-05-2012 01:33 AM

Thanks, I wanted something that had some depth change…you know, make a hamper as interesting as a hamper can be ha.

-- Nathan, Fort Worth TX

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