If your kiddos love to play house then they will adore having their very own stacking retro washer and dryer to pretend play with! My littlest adores clean up, it is one of my favorite things about him! He just hates a messy space, lol! Let’s see how long that lasts, eh? As with most of our free plans for toys and play, this fun thing is part of our Handmade Holiday series that will be ongoing till the end of time!
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- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 4’x8’
- 1 – 1×3 at 8’
- 1-1/4″ Brad Nails or 1-1/4″ Wood Screws
- 1-1/4″ Pocket Hole Screws
- 2” Bolt and Nut
- 2 Hinges
- 8 Mirror Screws
- 2 Door Knobs, optional
- Countersink Drill Bit
- Pocket Hole Plugs – Paint Grade, Pine, Oak – optional
- Safety Gear
- Edge Banding – optional
- Wood Filler
- Wood Glue
- Sanding Supplies
- Paste Wax
- Finishing Supplies
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 14”x30-1/4” – Sides
- 3 – 3/4” plywood at 12-1/2”x16-3/4” – Top, Shelf, and Bottom
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Back
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at 16-3/4”x27-1/4”– Front
- 1 – 3/4” plywood at – 3”x16-3/4” – Front Bottom Apron
- 2 – 3/4” plywood at 10”x11-1/2”– Washer and Dryer Doors
- 2 – Plexiglas at 8” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Windows
- 2 – 1×3 at 3-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Stops
- 2 – 1×3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Fronts
- 4 – 1×3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Sides
- 2 – 1×3 at 2-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Backs
- 2 – 1×3 at 1-1/2”– Filter and Soap Drawer Bottoms
- 2 – 1×3 at 2” diameter circles – Washer and Dryer Dials
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Cut the pieces for the Sides, Top, Shelf, and Bottom. Set your Kreg jig for 3/4” material and drill pocket holes in each side of the Top, Bottom, and Shelf. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws. Make sure that all pocket screws face the inside of the Washer/Dryer or toward the ground so that they are less visible when the entire piece is assembled.
Cut the Back piece. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Back. Assemble as shown with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the piece for the Front with the Door Openings and Drawer Openings. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for these inside cuts. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the piece for the Front Bottom Apron. With the Kreg jig set for 3/4” material, drill pocket holes, facing the inside of the Washer/Dryer, in each side of the Front Bottom Apron. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” pocket screws.
Cut the rough pieces for the Washer and Dryer Door. Mark the shape of each door, and cut them out with your jigsaw. Remember to drill pilot holes slightly larger than your jigsaw blade for the inside cuts.
Attach the hinge on the straight side of the Door and position the Washer and Dryer Doors as shown. If desired, attach a knob for easy opening of each Door. Also, positioning a small magnet on the back of each Door and the Front can help keep the Doors closed.
Next, cut your Plexiglas Door Window pieces. These pieces will cover the Washer and Dryer Door openings on the back, and overlap the Door openings by 1/2”. Use your Mirror Screws to secure the Windows into place. Be aware that you are screwing into 3/4” material and that you may have to use a shorter screw size in order to not entirely screw through the wood.
Cut the pieces for the Drawer Stops. Assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails or 1-1/4” wood screws (through the underside of the Shelf or Bottom and through the Side).
Cut the pieces for the Filter and Soap Drawers. Cut a 1/2” diameter circle in the top center of the Drawer Fronts as shown. Since these pieces are so small, you will need to assemble with glue and 1-1/4” brad nails. Place Drawers into Drawer Openings.
For the Washer and Dryer Dials you could easily glue on retro styled kitchen timers. Another option would be to cut out a 2” circle from your 1/2” thick wood. Place the 2” circle as shown on the Front, and drill a hole in the center of this circle. Loosely secure the circle to the Front with a 2” long bolt and appropriately sized nut. This way, those little hands can still turn the dial.
Label the Dryer, Washer, Filter Drawer, and Soap Drawer. Next, paint pieces of the Washer and Dryer with accent colors and put those kids to work doing some laundry!
Fill any Screw, Nail or Pocket Holes, Sand and Finish as Desired. For Finishing Tips and Tricks visit my Finishing School