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Project by Chris Moellering posted 01-13-2013 12:26 AM 1853 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After seeing a few other takes on this project on LJs, I started sketching up plans for my own. By sketching up, I mean with a T-square, triangles and a drafting board. I know how to do that. SketchUp just leaves me frustrated and taking 4 times as long.

It’s 30” by 60” and 18” high. I made it from 4 2×4s and a sheet of 3/4” B/C plywood. Not fine woodworking, just needs to be durable.

I made 3 leg frames form the 2×4s by making half-lap joints with my new dado blade. Doing this creates a lot of saw dust, as can be seen in the last picture. (And this wasn’t all!) Made me glad I held onto my snow shovel from living up north. Made clean up faster.

The long connecting pieces I cut from the 3/4” plywood. I’m finding I’m rather fond of cutting down pieces of plywood and using them for these kind of applications. They are square and true and strong. Hard to find that on the lumber rack at Lowe’s. I will say that the “top choice” studs were pretty decent, though.

I glued and screwed all the joints and then fastened the top with 1 1/4” screws.

The wife’s happy, and so am I.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+





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pastorglen

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#1 posted 01-13-2013 12:37 AM

I really like that, Chris. Having front-end loaders on both washer and dryer makes that possible and a GREAT option. It’s a lot less (I’m sure) than buying the ones from the appliance companies.

Thanks for posting. Great idea.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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Chris Moellering

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#2 posted 01-13-2013 12:45 AM

Thanks. Yes, my version cost about $50 in wood. I figure I “saved” $350-$450 over buying those pre-made jobs. AND there’s room for laundry baskets with mine.

Now if I can just convince my bride that I should be able to spend this “savings” on more tools…... ;-)

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 01-13-2013 05:13 PM

Nice savings for sure. Can’t understand why anyone would pay that much for the base’s. I would have painted this white to give it a nice finished look. Well done though.

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

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Natalie

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#4 posted 01-13-2013 08:10 PM

This in on my to-do list because I could not justify the rediculous expense of the platform that came with the machines. Now what about drawers and matching paint?

-- Natalie - My mind is like a bad neighborhood, I don't like to go there alone.

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Chris Moellering

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#5 posted 01-13-2013 08:11 PM

If I had white paint handy, I would have. Not that important to go buy paint for. Maybe eventually.

-- Grace & peace, Chris+

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