Counter or Shelf over Washer/Dryer

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Forum topic by DavidATX posted 01-10-2014 11:24 PM 6327 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-10-2014 11:24 PM

Something like this?

I am going to build a shelf/counter over a washer and dryer and my question is will 3/4 plywood bow? The plywood would be about 6 ft long and 2 1/2 deep (depth of washer/dryer) I was thinking of adding a piece vertically right in between the washer/dryer that comes out about 18 inches so it is not as visible from the front for support. Do you think that is sufficient?

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#1 posted 01-11-2014 12:06 AM

How about moving the shelf up 1.5”.
Run a 1/2” ledger board along the back wall and the two sides for it to sit on.
Attach a piece of hardwood edging 3/4”x1-1/2 along the front edge, with 1-1/2” being the up/down thickness. That creates a lip on the front of the 3/4” plywood, gives the illusion of mass, and provides a means of stiffening the front. That, along with the ledger-board in the back, should keep it from sagging side/side.

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#2 posted 01-11-2014 01:01 AM

The Sagulator. HERE

It’s a Online Calc. that computes sag. Best Damn Calc Ever.

I use it for Bookshelves, Cabinets, Etc….

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#3 posted 01-11-2014 01:14 AM

I would put at least a 2-1/4” edging strip/skirt around the entire shelf and one down the center. That’s a lot of surface and someone might decide to put something heavy on it. I would make the skirt out of pine, 1X material not the Plywood.

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