Isabelle's dresser and changing table

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Project by Russ Anderson posted 04-18-2009 05:22 AM 1827 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is probably the project that I am most proud of. I just love the design and the finish is very nice. All of the profiles were created with the same router bit, including the cherry molding that transitions to the recessed cherry panel. The drawer fronts have solid cherry plugs equally spaced and inlayed into the maple. I used a plug cutter to create the plugs so that the long grain of the wood would be showing instead of using dowels which would have showed the end grain of the wood. I then used a forstner bit of the same size to drill the holes in the fronts. Once that was done I filled the holes with glue and hammered the plugs into the holes. Once the glue had dried I sanded them all flush to the drawer fronts. FYI: The time stamp on my camera was not set correctly on these pictures.

Have you ever tried to put a pair of jeans into a dresser drawer? If you have, then you will appreciate the full extension + 1” drawer slides. With these slides, you do not have to fold the jeans into little balls, they just slip right into the drawer. I think it is frustrating not to have access to the whole drawer. This image was before the lacquer.

Before discovering SketchUp, I used Microsoft Paint to draw most of my projects. I have found it much easier to draw on the computer. I even pasted the black lines over some real wood grain to make it easier to visualize what it would look like.

My wife was looking for a changing table and could not find anything that matched the maple crib and dresser for a reasonable price. I told her I would build one. I had enough small scraps left over from other projects to complete this changing table in one day. It is awesome! The drawer has a wipes warmer, tons of diapers and anything else you might need at your fingertips. We have a friend that liked it so much that they asked me to build one for them too.

-- Russ

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#1 posted 04-18-2009 08:34 AM

You have done well. Interesting design on the sides. What is the top made of?

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#2 posted 04-18-2009 05:54 PM

Another interesting design, Nothing beats making your projects for someone you love. looks great.

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#3 posted 04-19-2009 03:32 AM

Very original. Nice dresser.

-- Scott

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#4 posted 04-19-2009 06:13 PM

The top is Maple venner over MDF wrapped with solid maple.

-- Russ

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