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post #1 of 4 Old 10-21-2017, 02:36 AM Thread Starter
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Recommendation on material for laundry room project...

Hi all, looking for some quick input. Im by no means a woodworking expert and usually just research alot then dive in whatever project im wanting to take on.

Currently im working on redoing the laundry for space reasons. What the plan is to stack the washer/dryer, build a surround around the washer/dryer with a small cabinet on top. Then build a counter that attaches to that surround that sits on a storage like cabinet that fits 4 laundry baskets. Will also have a clothing rod higher up coming off the washer/dryer surround attaching to a small cabinet on the wall.

My question is what type of material to build the surround with? It will be white in the end so keep that in mind. Only thing thats throwing me off is the sides of the washer/dryer surround will be 8'x2'. With it being 8 feet tall, do i go the fancy plywood route being a sheets 8x4 and would be enough for both sides? I just dont know how that would look after being painted and everything. I guess other option is mdf boards being ive seen them sold in 8 foot seconds also. Any other ideas/material that my newbie self is overlooking?

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MDF isn't good around water. If it gets wet it will swell up in no time. Avoid it for this project. I'd look at some cabinet grade plywood. It will paint up just fine and is lighter and holds fasteners better than MDF.
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You do not just just "stack the washer and dryer." You have to start out with buying ones that are stackable. Then you also need the hardware that ties the two together. Otherwise you wind up with a very unsafe configuration.

Also the controls will be in the wrong place for the operator to reach on the top unit.

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I wouldn't use MDF in a laundry at all. You could use birch plywood. If you build the cabinets in the shop and bring them in you might paint the exterior sides and back to seal the wood. The bases I like to put nylon tacks on the bottom to elevate them off the floor a little. Over time people moping the floor some water runs under the cabinet even if you never have a plumbing leak. The sink I use a waterproof finish in the area of the sink and caulk the seam where the dividers and back meet the bottom. Sooner or later there will be a plumbing leak and if there isn't a waterproof finish the bottom of the cabinet will rot. I built kitchen cabinets for a customer one time and when the plumber came to hook up the plumbing he installed it, turned the water on, got in his truck and left. Hours later a neighbor saw water coming out the front door of the house. It flooded the entire house but there was no damage to the cabinets.

I also do work for a company that does fire and flood restoration. Most of the work I do is removing the face frame and doors of the base cabinets which have gotten wet from a flood. With the bases sitting flat on the floor when there is a plumbing leak they develop mold under the baseboard and the cabinet boxes have to be gotten rid of. If the cabinets were held 1/4" off the floor with nylon tacks chances are the boxes wouldn't get wet and the most you would have to do is replace the quarter round trim.

If you have a scrap piece of MDF put a piece in a bucket on end and put an inch of water in the bucket and let it sit for a couple days and see what it does. MDF is literally a sheet of paper. It's the same brown paper they make grocery sacks out of.
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