Help Designing Laundry Pedistals

steve_aJune 3, 2009

I am going to install compact front-loading Bosch washer and dryer in a closet on my first floor. They will be side-by-side, not stacked. Bosch does not make pedistals for these, but does not prohibit pedistal mounting (they may also be stacked). I will need to build pedistals, I'm thinking 12" high, so that we will not have to bend down so much to load and unload them.

These are 24" wide compacts, vs. standard 27". I'm not worried about supporting the weight so much as managing vibration. I've read several posts on other forums, but some say vibration is less with front-loaders than with top-loaders. Also, these compacts don't spin as fast as the full-size machines. The washer (depending on model we choose) will be 1000 or 1200 RPM. Also, Bosch makes clips to mount the feet to the pedistal, I will use those.

I'm wanting to build heavy wood pedistals. I have reasonable woodworking skills and tools (table saw, compound miter saw, etc.) but not a lot of joinery experience or equipment. I was first thinking of 4x4 frames, but wonder if I should use 2x4, double up, and make the ends staggered some way to create lap (or rabit?) joints? Need to figure out how to bolt together, etc. Then I'd cover top and sides with plywood, securely screwed on to provide more ridigity. Anyway, I'd appreciate any suggestions or sources for plans for these. I hope this is clear, and thanks for any help.

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If it was up to me, I'd make a box from 3/4" plywood with a cross member in the middle. That is, a minimal torsion box. If you really want heavy and vibration proof, get a bag or two of play sand and put it inside. Sand is a very good vibration absorber.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 3:34PM
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Thanks, Bob. So what would you frame the box with?

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 5:23PM
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3/4" plywood all around. You can do whatever joint you want on the corners, butt, miter, rabbet, tongue & dado, etc.

Again, if I was doing it, I'd probably miter the corners and stick in some biscuits. If you don't have biscuit cutter, then maybe either a spline or simply an internal glue block.

If I was more interested in getting it done than appearance, I would simply butt the sides together. You can also get iron-on veneer edging to cover the plywood edges.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2009 at 5:50PM
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OK, thanks.

    Bookmark   June 4, 2009 at 7:15AM
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I'd build it like a fish tank stand. I'd use pressure treated 2x4s to make a frame, then 1/2" ply for the sides. I'd leave the top and bottom open.

But, I tend to over build.

    Bookmark   June 8, 2009 at 1:16PM
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Thanks again to all who posted, but we may close this thread now. We've decided to go without the pedestals because we want a usable shelf or counter over the machines, and pedestals would make that too high. Plumber and electricians are working as I type, and machines will be delivered next Tuesday. I will post a thread about the completion of our closet laundry in the Laundry Room forum at some point after all that happens, if anyone's interested.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2009 at 12:36PM
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