Dishwasher next to wall? Help!

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Topic by pipstorm posted 05-22-2012 01:35 PM 13001 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-22-2012 01:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dishwasher kitchen cabinets counter top question kitchen cabinet appliance walls countertop planning remodeling

I am building our cabinets for our kitchen remodel. The dishwasher is being moved from its original location to the end of the cabinets next to a wall. I am not sure what I need to do for the wall side of the dishwasher to support the counter top. I thought I might attach 3/4 plywood similar to the cabinets sides to the wall. My face frames are 1 1/2 wide, so I would put a strip on the exposed edge of the plywood to dress it out and frame in the dishwasher. Also thought about adding a 1 1/2 strip to the top of the plywood for more surface area for the counter top to sit on. Is this the correct way to go about this or not? Also, is there usually a piece of vertical faceframe at the top of the dishwasher (just under the counter top) or does the dishwasher typical sit just below the counter top?

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05-24-2012 03:07 AM

There are probably as many ways to build cabinets as there are people making them. That being said, this is what I do.

I place two rails on the carcass. Whether I’m screwing directly into a composite material or setting stone and using silicone to attach it, the rails serve as a method of keeping the counter top stable (as well as providing more support). Your dishwasher has two clips that attach to either the underside of your laminate top (which is either MDF or particleboard), or to a rail. Regardless of how you make your cabinets, the dishwasher has to be attached (with clip and screws) to something. Otherwise, the first time you open the door, it will surely fall forward.

Depending on how you construct your cabinet, you could double up on the wall side, leave the inner plywood side 3/4” below the top and secure the rail to both. Or, as I did, use a single piece and cut a 3/4×3/8 dado to allow the rail to attach. Either way, when you secure the rail to the front, back, and sides – it’s solid.

Your best bet is to read a couple books on cabinet making. The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker by Robert Lang and Building Kitchen Cabinets by Udo Schmidt give some good diagrams and suggestions. There are dozens more out there, just pick one that looks good to you.

Just remember – it’s just a box with a lot of openings.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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01-25-2013 09:53 AM

I think it will be best for the additional support and not simply let the dishwasher sit just below the counter top. It might add pressure and damage your furniture/cabinet. Extra “cushion” is always good and make the entire setup last a little longer too. I think the vertical faceframe is not that necessary but good if you want an extra sense of security. And I also agree with BillyJ that silicone is not only good for fixing things together but also as a form of an overall extra padding.

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