Dresser/changing table

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Project by Miniderub posted 04-03-2017 10:32 PM 1362 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this for my newborn daughter last April. We live in a small apartment and didn’t have any room to put all of her clothes and assorted baby stuff we got from the family. We also needed a changing table, so I decided to incorporate the two.
Im new to sketchup so it took about a week of designing and figuring everything out and about 5 weeks to build.
I didn’t have a jointer in the rented shop I was in, so I jointed one side of everything to get it relatively flat and passed it through the planer to get it to dimension. I’ll NEVER again take on a project this big without a jointer!
I ordered all the lumber online, and was really disappointed with what they delivered but I did the best I could with grain and color matching. I built the changing table frame to just sit on top of the dresser with a lip in the back that gets pinched between the dresser and the wall so it doesn’t move. When she grows older I’ll just remove it.
The side panels are frame and panel design with leather glued to a 1/4 MDF backer. If the leather ever gets damaged I can easily remove the top and slide the panels out of grooves in the legs.
All joinery was all hand cut. This was the first time attempting half blind dovetails and I’m reasonably happy with the outcome.
Also my first time attempting drawers without runners. This was a lot harder than I thought and some of the drawers pull in and out as smooth as butter while others are a little tougher but is remedied easily with some beeswax.

The top- 8/4 walnut flat sawn
frame- 4/4 walnut, white oak both flat sawn
drawer faces- 2×4/4 Q.S walnut laminated together then planed down to 6/4
drawer side – 4/4 Q.s White oak.
Leather handles and side panels.
shellac wash coat with danish oil on top.

I learnt a lot with this project and and looking forward for my daughter to be old enough to really appreciate her first birthday gift.
I welcome any comments and opinions
Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 04-03-2017 10:51 PM

Excellent work. I can’t believe you did that in a rented shop with no jointer. I won’t name them all, but there are several subtle design details here that I really like.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#2 posted 04-03-2017 10:59 PM

Quite lovely indeed

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#3 posted 04-03-2017 11:35 PM

Fantastic work!

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#4 posted 04-04-2017 10:19 AM

That is a beautiful example of ” I can do that ”
I can’t even imagine what could be accomplished in a home shop

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#5 posted 04-04-2017 01:08 PM

Wonderfull. Great craftsmanship.

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#6 posted 04-04-2017 02:17 PM

Looks great.
A little indifferent about the 3 drawer pulls per drawer but it is definitely unique.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 04-04-2017 03:00 PM

beautiful work

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#8 posted 04-04-2017 03:17 PM

This is a very nice and practical project.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-04-2017 05:19 PM

Beautiful job on this dresser! Lots of nice details.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#10 posted 04-04-2017 07:26 PM

Excellent work and design, love it

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#11 posted 04-04-2017 10:10 PM

this is a GREAT accomplishment even if you had your own shop…but using rented space…with awesome results.


-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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