The view from our “front” door post 5: And so it begins

By Pinktoesandpowertools | Progress Posts

Now that I managed to cut my own plywood, I can get back to work on the laundry room remodel! I managed to get the cuts down to one sheet of 3/4″ plywood for the base and hutch, a 1×6 at 6′ (I bought an 8′), and a sheet of 1/4″ plywood.  Here’s the final cut sheet for this part:

The dimension seem fussy, but in order to get them on one sheet they had to be.  I had to jot down corrections as I cut so some of these, so I wouldn’t use the numbers.  Maybe I’ll do a cut list post later, if someone wants it…

I started priming the boards last night with a foam roller I bought:

At first I was worried about how smooth this was going to turn out.  The plywood soaked up a lot of the primer and when it dried it was pretty rough.  This morning I sanded with 320 grit and it feels smooth to the touch.  Even after the second coat, it doesn’t look as smooth as I’d like.  I added some of this:

This is the first time I’ve used this.  Don’t know if it made much of a difference or if I even used enough of it to even make a difference.

Yesterday I got one coat on most of the pieces.  This morning I finished up 2 coats on all the pieces and started constructing it.  Pocket holes in the bottom of the base:

Attach the bottom to the sides of the base:

I used a 1×6 pieced together to make the base top.  I don’t recommend this because my top is not great.  I don’t know the trick to making a flat panel with pocket holes, but wish I did.  I should have used plywood and iron-on veneer.

Here it is screwed on to the base (countersink the screws):

I put 2 screws in each board and extended the extra 3/4″ to the back.

Now I worked on the hutch by attaching the top with the pocket holes.  I had to shim it up a little (you can see the sandpaper doing that) to get the front flush.

Pocket holes go on the top of the hutch to hide them.

That’s all I did to the hutch so far.

I cut the 1/4″ plywood off at 12″ across the 4′ side and then cut it in half.  One of the halves I cut 2 pieces at 7  7/8 and then had to cut the remaining pieces with a jigsaw since it was too narrow to use the circular saw with.  I only needed one side to be straight, so I free-handed the cut:

Can you tell I freehanded this one?

Then I marked the 1/4″ plywood back (24″ wide piece) for the smaller pieces to make the panel look:

I put glue one the backs of the smaller pieces, smoothed it out by all the edges, and put lots of stripes in the middle.  Then I weighted all of the strips down with as much heavy stuff and I could find.


I’m hoping this works when I cut it apart tomorrow.  I didn’t want to put too much glue on them because I didn’t want it to squish out into the small spaces between the panels.

That’s what I got done last night and today.