Folding Changing Table

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Project by wuddoc posted 01-31-2009 05:28 AM 2696 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My sister wanted a changing table for her grandchild. My nephew and his wife drop the baby off when they want to have some time to their own. Her condo is small and a full size changing table is out of the question. After some design considerations and searches on the internet it was decided that a folding leg unit to slide under the bed was best. When the table is folded it slides on the glides attached to the leg rails via dowels. This keep the underside of the table from scraping the floor.

The table ended up requiring a diagonal cross base as the table wobbled in the opened position. The large knobs were used for ease of turning. Because repeated removal of traditional screws in wood destroys the drilled hole metal inserts were used with wood threads on the outside and 1/4-20 machine threads on the inside.

The wood is cottonwood with a red mahogany wiping stain, raw umber glaze, three coats of vinyl sealer hand sanded between coats, and then wool-lubed for finish protection.

-- Wuddoc

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#1 posted 01-31-2009 05:57 AM

Hey, this is nice, great design, just fold it up and put it away until next time. beautiful finish also. very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 01-31-2009 11:58 AM

My wife wants me to make a fold-up table for my little girls. I may use something like your design. Thanks for posting!

-- Paul, Wildwood, MO; (Ps 145: 1-2)

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#3 posted 01-31-2009 02:55 PM

Nice design. very useful when needed and quick to disappear.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 01-31-2009 03:27 PM

great design. very functional

-- making sawdust....

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#5 posted 01-31-2009 10:00 PM

Thanks everyone. I forgot to mention a few building items. The table is designed for a 18” x 36” standard baby changing table mattress. The end units are 3.5” x 18” each and are designed to hold the items necessary when changing the baby. At first I considered storing changing items in the unit but it became to tall to fit under the bed. When the unit is folded the changing items can be stored in a drawer or closet. The height is variable depending on the person doing the changing, however, you are limited on my design in leg length because of the interior end dividers, or stretchers containing the mattress.

The two dividers or stretchers at either end that contain the mattress are thicker (5/8”) than the 1/2” sides and end rails. This allows for additional strength because of the larger and longer screws through the piano hinges from the bottom for the folding legs. Since I could not find piano hinges with an off-set barrel I had to counter sink the opposite sides from the factory countersunk holes.

As with most of my projects the hardware came from McMaster-Carr @ The finish materials came from Behlen and Mohawk Finishes which are both owned by RPM.

-- Wuddoc

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