Toy Washing Machine

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 12/07/2009 - 22:32
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As you have requested, here are plans for a toy washing machine, just in time for the Holidays. If you have been working on other projects, save your scraps. You just need a few scraps to build this super cute gift idea! Special thanks to our readers for the photos.

18" tall by 13 3/4" wide by 11 1/2 deep


Shopping List

1 - 1x12 @ 6 feet
1 - 1x3 @ 2 feet
1 - 1x4 @ 2 feet
1/4″ Plywood @ 17 1/4″ x 13 3/4″
Plexiglass cut at 7 1/4″ circle (You can get plexiglass in 8×10 sheets for photo frames at Lowes, Home Depot, Joanns and other craft stores for less than $1)

You will also need knobs for the door and the controls.

Common Materials
120 grit sandpaper
paint brush
Cut List

A) 2 – 1×12 @ 17 1/4″ (Sides)
B) 1 – 1×12 @ 12 1/4″ (Bottom Shelf)
C) 1 – 1×3 @ 12 1/4″ (Footer)
D) 1 – 1×4 @ 12 1/4″ (Header for the Controls)
E) 1 – 1×12 @ 12 1/4″ (Front, cut out hole in center at 7″ diameter)
F) 1/4″ Plywood @ 17 1/4″ x 13 3/4″ (Back)
G) 1 – 1×12 @ 13 3/4″ (Top)
H) 1 1×12 @ 9″ (Door, cut out door shape and the center for the window)
Plexiglass cut at 7 1/4″ circle

Cutting Instructions

Start by cutting out all your boards, as listed above. Always use glue and 2″ nails, unless otherwise instructed.

Tape Measure
Speed Square
Safety Glasses
Hearing Protection
Circular Saw
Brad Nailer
Power Sander


Step 1

Nail through the outsides of A, the sides, into the end edges of B, the Bottom Shelf, as shown above.

Step 2

Nail the footer, C, in place as shown above. Make sure you nail through the sides, A, and the bottom, B.

Step 3

Nail through the sides of A into the header, D, as shown above. Keep top and outside edges flush.

Step 4

Add the front, E, as shown above. Use the 2″ nails to nail through the sides, A,into the edges of E, but use 1 1/4″ nails to nail through the back of E into the back of the header, D.

Step 5

Step 6

Cut out the shape above, the circle part being a 7 1/2″ diameter, and the trim around the window 1″ wide. From the back, predrill and use short screws to screw the plexiglass to the back side of the door. Attach with hinges when the finish is complete.

Step 7

Attach knobs and handles as desired. Don’t forget a magnetic clasp on the door!

Project Type


Anonymous (not verified)

Sat, 12/12/2009 - 14:32

Hi Ana!

Thank you SO MUCH for posting these for me! I have been traveling this week, so when I logged on to your site and found these, I shrieked with GLEE!!!! I hope to get these made for my daughter for her birthday in January. Thanks for listening to all of our crazy requests, and for helping to inspire us to get these FUN projects completed!
K in CA

John B (not verified)

Mon, 01/25/2010 - 19:22

I'm thinking of making both unites as one and hinging the entire front of it. She can use it as a closet for her dress up (princess) clothes.

chona (not verified)

Mon, 05/10/2010 - 06:34

Ana - I would LOVE to make this for a friend of mine. Do you have any photos of the finished product, by you or any followers?

AmyB (not verified)

Mon, 11/05/2012 - 09:16

How do you make the circles on the wood in front of the machines and is there another suggestion for the doors besides the circles.

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