|Forum topic by ADHDan||posted 06-17-2014 06:37 PM||1334 views||0 times favorited||7 replies|
06-17-2014 06:37 PM
I’m going to be building a set of cabinets to go above the washer/dryer in my laundry room, as well as installing wall shelves all around the room. I’m planning on making everything from standard BORG 3/4” melamine – http://tinyurl.com/l8zqv46 – because I have a ton of it laying around, it’s stable and simple to work with, and it cleans up easily from spills and such. My only concern is that if the interior composite material absorbs moisture it may expand significantly – and in a room with a washing machine, water heater, water softener, storage freezer, and utility sink, there’s no shortage of water-based appliances.
My plan is to build the cabinets with dados and screws, build the doors out of flat melamine panels, put iron-on melamine edging on every exposed edge, and lay silicon caulk down every joint and crack where moisture might be able to get into the melamine. I haven’t decided whether to go with frameless or face-framed cabinets (and if I make a frame, whether to keep using melamine or just use poplar and paint it white).
Does this sound reasonable, or am I setting myself up for problems down the road? Anything else I should do? I’ve seen plenty of examples of melamine laundry room cabinets, so presumably this isn’t a big deal – I just want to avoid having my shelves and cabinets warp beyond use in a few months. I’m open to thoughts and suggestions.
-- Dan in Minneapolis, woodworking since 11/11.