Dresser and baby changing table

  • Advertise with us
Project by Jeff Vicenzi posted 12-16-2020 12:31 AM 1290 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a dresser/changing table that I made for my daughter and son-in-law who are expecting their first child (and my first grandchild). The first two photos are just the dresser, and the last one has the changing table added. The look of the dresser is based on a design from WoodSmith issue 148, but I very substantially changed the details of construction. Rather than traditional drawers I used Blum tandem soft-close full-extension slides; so nice because they are totally invisible and float effortlessly in and out, and the full extension is great too. The dark wood is cherry dyed with Lockwood “Cuban red-brown mahogany” dye. The changing table topper is actually made out of curly maple (because I ran out of cherry!) but is dyed with the same dye.

The contrast between light and dark is currently a bit strong for my taste, but this should mellow out as the natural cherry darkens substantially over time. I used curly cherry veneer on solid cherry for the drawer fronts, and book-matched it across each row of drawers. I bought the unfinished wooden knobs from and was quite happy with quality and price. The drawer boxes are made out of solid maple with cherry plywood bottoms. Finished with sprayed oil polyurethane. It’s the first dresser I’ve built and was more work than I expected!

16 comments so far

View BB1's profile


2454 posts in 2093 days

#1 posted 12-16-2020 02:54 AM

What a beautiful gift. The color contrast is really eye catching. The full extension slides are a nice feature too. Great project.

View DrBreakIt's profile


59 posts in 4331 days

#2 posted 12-16-2020 03:37 AM

Very nice!

View Ottacat's profile


556 posts in 3096 days

#3 posted 12-16-2020 03:40 AM

Beautiful job. I’m currently building one myself and I know what you mean about it taking more time than you expect. Love those veneers, I’ll bet it’s going to age well.

View woodbutcherbynight's profile


10408 posts in 3654 days

#4 posted 12-16-2020 06:07 AM

Beautiful work!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View sansoo22's profile


1748 posts in 899 days

#5 posted 12-16-2020 07:35 AM

Very nice work! I really like the book matched curly veneer on each row of drawers.

View Peteybadboy's profile


4015 posts in 3194 days

#6 posted 12-16-2020 10:50 AM

Nice work! You did a great job with the drawer fronts.

-- Petey

View swirt's profile


6635 posts in 4217 days

#7 posted 12-16-2020 12:44 PM

Wow. I like what you did with the drawer face grain. Well done, and congratulations.

-- Galootish log blog,

View MadeinMT's profile


299 posts in 3405 days

#8 posted 12-16-2020 01:48 PM

That is one beautiful heirloom. Well done. I salute you.

-- Ron, Montana

View Notw's profile


1099 posts in 2998 days

#9 posted 12-16-2020 02:09 PM

Super nice your attention to detail on this is great

View Kaleb the Swede's profile

Kaleb the Swede

1984 posts in 3214 days

#10 posted 12-16-2020 02:53 PM

Wow! Now that is pretty. Great work

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

View mitch_56's profile


60 posts in 1718 days

#11 posted 12-16-2020 06:51 PM

Handsome piece—I think the contrast is well done, not too strong at all.

View BurlyBob's profile


9340 posts in 3510 days

#12 posted 12-17-2020 12:05 AM

Grandpa, That is one truly wonderful gift to your kids. You really gave them some to cherish thru the years.

View Jeff Vicenzi's profile

Jeff Vicenzi

79 posts in 635 days

#13 posted 12-17-2020 02:35 PM

Thank you all! I glad you like the piece and I appreciate the kind words

View tim0001's profile


188 posts in 3592 days

#14 posted 12-22-2020 07:47 PM

love it! inspiring

-- TimV: The understanding eye sees the maker's fingerprints. They are evident in every detail ... Leave Fingerprints. Author: James Krenov

View Antti's profile


114 posts in 3855 days

#15 posted 12-26-2020 05:51 PM

Very nice!
Once the child is born your daughter and her husband will for the first time realize how much their parents love them, and that piece of furniture will remind them of that realization for years and years to come!

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics