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Maple Dresser/Change Table

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Project by Calmudgeon posted 05-22-2019 01:45 PM 317 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently offered to build my son and daughter-in-law a convertible crib/bed for a much anticipated granddaughter set to arrive in June. They were grateful for the offer but said that what they would need before the crib itself was a dresser/change table for the nursery. So, this is the result.

The target aesthetic was a contemporary look with simple, clean lines. We struggled a bit with hardware choice, first looking for something with a decided “nursery” feel but then settling on these. I wanted to find something that didn’t look like it had been ripped off of a kitchen cabinet door and transplanted. Another consideration was any protrusion which might serve to catch clothing, as they will be standing at this piece frequently to change diapers and walking by it constantly. I’m happy with the final choice: simple yet striking, although I realize the hardware may not be to everyone’s liking.

Finish is clear satin pre-cat lacquer. No stains or tints.

I didn’t add any specific features (rail, ...) to suggest its job as a change table, since they will simply put a contoured change pad on top, fixed to the underside of the top for safety That’s one of the reasons for the top overhang at the back. The screws can attach to the underside of the top without disfiguring the piece in any major way. I did make sure that it didn’t get too high, as my daughter-in-law isn’t very tall (My son is, but he’ll just have to hunch over.)

Request for Feedback: Is it worth the effort to go with continuous grain across the drawer fronts when they are interrupted by a stile/divider in between? Do people notice these details, or am I just unnecessarily OCD about this type of thing?

Anyway, I’m now well into the convertible crib/bed that will serve as a companion piece, and timelines are getting tight, so I’d better venture out to the shop and get to work. ;-)

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang





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awsum55

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#1 posted 05-22-2019 03:34 PM

That’s a great looking piece. I think the whole thing was well thought out and the craftsmanship looks to be outstanding. So clean and the hardware sets it apart from the average chest. I’ll bet this gets a DT3.

-- John D, OP, KS

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tynewman

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#2 posted 05-23-2019 07:55 PM

It turned out really nice. The matching grain across the drawer fronts it a detail I always pick up on. I think it is a nice touch, though I assume most people see right past it. I like that the back is as nice as the rest. My wife got mad at me when we were first married. I make a similar project for our first baby and used a piece of scrap for the back because no one would ever see it. She can’t look at it without thinking about the ugly back

-- Ty

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Calmudgeon

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#3 posted 05-23-2019 09:54 PM


My wife got mad at me when we were first married. I make a similar project for our first baby and used a piece of scrap for the back because no one would ever see it. She can’t look at it without thinking about the ugly back

- tynewman

I wrestled with how elaborate to make the back, but I needed a vertical member structurally to attach the slide rails, and it all just developed organically from there. Certainly there’s lots of commercial furniture that doesn’t have a finished back, but when I look back on the furniture pieces I’ve made, I’ve always defaulted to a finished back, perhaps because one of the very first pieces I made was a cabinet that would be seen from all sides.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Calmudgeon

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#4 posted 05-23-2019 09:55 PM

My wife got mad at me when we were first married. I make a similar project for our first baby and used a piece of scrap for the back because no one would ever see it. She can’t look at it without thinking about the ugly back

- tynewman

I wrestled with how elaborate to make the back, but I needed a vertical member structurally to attach the slide rails, and it all just developed organically from there. Certainly there’s lots of commercial furniture that doesn’t have a finished back, but when I look back on the furniture pieces I’ve made, I’ve always defaulted to a finished back, perhaps because one of the very first pieces I made was a cabinet that would be seen from all sides.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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