Changing Table/Dresser

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Project by nbgarageshop posted 07-15-2017 03:00 AM 2913 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife is due with our first in about 2 weeks so I got this done just in time. This is my first major project since high school and my first time making drawers so there were some decent pains. I couldn’t find any plans I liked online so I asked my wife to find a couple of pictures of changing tables she liked and I combined them to make something she liked and I felt was within my skill level. I drew it up in Sketchup so I got to use my previous college drafting training which was fun. I mounted the top railing on the back so that after use as a changing table, we could use it as a dresser of some sorts. My mom enjoys finishing/refinishing wood projects so she offered to stain and poly it for me. Color is Minwax Dark American Walnut. Wood is a combination of PS and QS Red Oak I got from Lumber Logs in St. Louis.

-- TZ, Southern IL

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#1 posted 07-15-2017 04:12 AM

What an exciting time. I’ve raised three, so I know the feeling. Great job on the changing table too.

-- 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 07-15-2017 08:19 AM

Awesome cabinet! I like those X -es on sides.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 07-15-2017 11:19 AM

Bravo, nice work, very well done. The better is yet to come, when ’’little mini me ’’ will use it.
Enjoy the moment, and keep on making saw dust.

-- andrek

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#4 posted 07-15-2017 03:26 PM

Congradulations on both – the new arrival and a beautiful changing station

-- 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 07-15-2017 07:17 PM

Looks good and looks strong.

If the four openings are square, for repurposing the piece you could build four more drawers….

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#6 posted 07-15-2017 08:31 PM

Thank you everyone for your compliments. It was a fun project and allowed me to develop my skills further and make use of my newly finished shop.

Ivan, The X’s were one of the hardest parts of this project. The first set took me awhile to get the angle correct and jerry rigging my miter gauge to get about 62 degrees. I ended up putting a sacrificial board on it and using washers between the gauge and the board to get the angle steeper. But now I know how to handle that situation.

MinnesotaHack, My wife bought some cloth boxes (the project was designed around them) to put things such as diapers and wipes but the openings are nearly square. I like the idea of adding drawers there in the future.

-- TZ, Southern IL

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#7 posted 07-15-2017 09:26 PM

Very well done especially for a first project. It will come in handy for you to change diapers.

I think you should now clean up your tools and put them away because when the new one arrives you will be very busy.

You are about to start on an amazing journey and so much to learn. Good Luck

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#8 posted 07-16-2017 01:59 PM

I love this piece. It has a lot of nice character and craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 04-22-2018 02:33 AM

Mann I really dig this. Great lines, awesome wood grain, love it

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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