Butterfly Inlaid Changing Table & Dresser in Cherry and Maple

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Project by Patrick Jaromin posted 11-30-2007 03:46 AM 9743 views 26 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this dresser/changing table for my first born, Annalise. It features a exotic wood butterfly inlay and curly maple “racing stripe” in the top, fluted cherry side and door panels, and a removable top “drawer box”. The main internal structure is birch plywood with frame-and-panel sides. The finish is hand-rubbed tung oil topped with a wipe on poly.

This was my first inlay attempt, and while rather simple I was pleased with how it turned out and have been experimenting with more intricate inlays since – like in the matching crib.

For more photos of the project, see my online gallery.

Here’s the hand-drafted construction drawing. This was before I discovered SketchUp!

Here’s the room from the post at

Click for details: The Room at Pooh Corner

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 11-30-2007 03:59 AM

Very nice work! A quality piece indeed.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 11-30-2007 04:08 AM

I love the contrasting woods. Very nice!!

-- Roger - Havertown, Pennsylvania

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#3 posted 11-30-2007 04:18 AM

Amazing! Beautiful job on the inlay butterfly!

-- Scott, Austin-Texas...

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#4 posted 11-30-2007 05:26 AM

Patrick – sketchup—- you don’t need that! Your plans and your follow through are great. I really like the contrast of woods and the inlay is amazing. I think I see a whole lot of Daddy-made things in the future of your first born.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#5 posted 11-30-2007 05:29 AM

Great Job Patrick. A beautiful changing table. How thick is the inlay wood?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 11-30-2007 05:33 AM

Beautiful piece Patrick. An heirloom. Thanks for letting us get a look at it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#7 posted 11-30-2007 09:51 AM

Patrick your work is excellent. I like the design, as well as the contrasting materials.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 11-30-2007 11:44 AM

Stunning! Beautiful design and craftsmanship. I don’t know what else to say. It will be under the diapers of many generations of babies. Just gorgeous.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#9 posted 11-30-2007 02:32 PM

That is a beautiful piece of furniture. The combination of maple and cherry is always awesome.I love your drawings as well…I started drafting in the board and t-square era, and you have a great style! I love a great hand drawn set of plans.


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Patrick Jaromin

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#10 posted 11-30-2007 03:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback, folks! It’s very much appreciated.

Karson – the inlay is roughly 1/8” thick. Watching David Marks gave me the courage…just wish they were still making shows.

The only issue we’ve had with the dresser so far is I seriously miscalculated the volume of clothes a little girl needs storage for! It’s routinely stuffed to the gills to the point where the drawers won’t close. The one I built for my son is much larger, and naturally relatively empty. Figures.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#11 posted 11-30-2007 03:32 PM

Oh…and Brad/David, yeah I used to do a lot of drafting when I was designing theatrical sets. Never quite good enough for any real architecture, but it served me well for scenery. My drafting courses in HS and college were some of my favs. Nowadays I’m almost strictly SketchUp. After years of searching for a CAD, this is the first app that I really can use. Drafting tools are getting rather dusty now! Looking at your projects I can see you spend your design time these days with CAD/SketchUp as well.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#12 posted 11-30-2007 03:32 PM

Very nice piece as is the crib. Bring us more.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#13 posted 11-30-2007 03:51 PM

I’m impressed. Welcome.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#14 posted 11-30-2007 04:28 PM

Really impressive, Patrick!

I checked out your photo gallery, and I’m curious as to what method you used to rout out the top of the table to the exact dimension of your inlay pieces?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 11-30-2007 04:32 PM

Wow, this is really beautiful! I love the contrast and the details!

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