Dresser/Changing Table

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Project by jasonallen posted 11-16-2014 03:49 PM 1720 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

I built this out of wormy red oak that I cut and had milled to 5/4. It sat in my shop for over a year. There is a little bit of quarter sawn mixed in with it here and there. This is for my first child who will be born in January. The changing table top comes off to make it a normal dresser. I got this idea from Paul M on this site Mine is a bit different. There is not a sharp corner or edge on the outside of it anywhere. Everything being rounded over made it seem a little plain to me so I incorporated some half blind dovetails in the base and the changing table top to make it look a little nicer. The drawers are built completely of eastern red cedar. This dresser will belong to the child and he/she will have it forever, hopefully.

This project involved a few firsts for me:
1. Dovetails
2. Drawers
3. Dadoes

I used FitSlide soft closing full extension drawer slides. I wanted to use something of better quality but I had built it for 12 inch drawers before I realized I couldn’t get any good quality soft close drawer slides for it. At least not that I could find. I do not like the FitSlides very well, they have a lot of play in them.

Everything was sanded to 220. I used Minwax Provincial stain, Minwax sanding sealer on parts of it, and 3 coats of Minwax brushable lacquer on all of it. I’d had good luck with the brushable lacquer in the past but after this project I think I’m going to go back to spraying.

I bought a porter cable dovetail jig for this project and I love it. It made the dovetails easy for a first timer. I also bought a Ridgid trim router that I made the dadoes with. It worked fairly well considering that’s not what it is intended for. I bought it mainly because I have a large number of 1/4 shank bits and my other routers are all 1/2 collet.

The last picture just shows dry fitting one of the drawers with a scrap stuck in the dado for the bottom. I apologize for my picture quality. I also can’t seem to figure out how to turn the pictures right side up.

-- Skill and confidence are an unconquered army.

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#1 posted 11-16-2014 08:55 PM

Well done Daddykins.Won’t be long now .I remember our first born Alistair followed by two more over the years Russell and finally Ewen .Yes I have three grown sons.I can honestly say they are the greatest thing ever ,that is apart from Bron my wife and best pal, of forty three years.I have had a really good life,and I wish you exactly the same brother. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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