Changing Table / Dresser

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Project by MRue posted 09-06-2011 11:08 PM 8448 views 17 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have an upcoming granddaughter due in October. I made the Wood magazine crib in June, but everyone’s made that one. They are great plans and the project went together well.

Then I designed the dresser/changing table to go with it. It matches nicely and was inspired by the design of the crib (and resembled the plans which I didn’t buy)

Since my daughter lives in Minnesota, and I live in Seattle, I had to ship it, so I also built a crate. Ok, the crate’s not that interesting, but it was necessary to get it across the country. Don’t ask me how much the shipping costs were.


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#1 posted 09-06-2011 11:11 PM

Looks great! I was wondering what that last picture was… now I have to ask; how much did shipping cost?

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#2 posted 09-07-2011 01:41 AM

That changing table is beautiful. Any thoughts about posting a link to the plans?

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#3 posted 09-07-2011 03:04 AM

Nice work

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#4 posted 09-07-2011 07:02 AM

I am curious about the shipping as well. What did the weight come out to be?

-- Sam

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#5 posted 09-07-2011 10:50 AM

First off congrats to you & your Family!!!! Both procts are great! Love the colors and flow of the design. I’m sure she is real proud of her dad on these!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 09-07-2011 10:52 AM

That is a great looking piece.

-- Don

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#7 posted 09-07-2011 03:08 PM

Congratulations to you and your family! Many folks may have already made this crib and dresser but I haven’t seen any that look quite as good as this one. I love the mixture of woods. What woods are those? I built a similar version of the crib and dresser in maple with a dark stain and was not happy. I’ve since vowed to do natural finishes only until i figure out staining a little better. Congrats again on both the new addition and build!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#8 posted 09-07-2011 06:07 PM

More details:

The woods are maple and walnut… Everything that was plywood was walnut, and all that was hardwood was maple. Well, except for the panels in the drawer fronts are 1/4” maple.

The finish is Boiled linseed oil, shellac, and then I sprayed on Enduro acrylic. I put on the full extension undermount slides. they added to the weight about 25 or 30 lbs

re: Plans, for the dresser, I printed the photo of the wood magazine project, and approximated the dimensions and just built it from there. no plans exist except for some very rough diagrams on the back of an envelope. If you want a copy of the envelope, let me know. The trickiest part was 2 horizontal side rails and cutting the notch to accommodate them as well as the miters on the tabletop

re: Shipping costs The dresser weighs 140 lbs, the crate was 50 lbs. I shopped UPS ground, moving companies (1000 lb minimum) and truck freight lines. I was getting costs of over $500 quoted from all these places. The trick was to call it “household goods” instead of furniture, and the rate is cheaper… though still not cheap. It was $320 to ship the dresser via YRC trucking


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#9 posted 09-08-2011 12:47 AM

I am working on this same crib as crib #2 for our twins. They are 4 months old and still sleep together in crib #1. Maybe someday…

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#10 posted 09-09-2011 05:50 PM

Beautiful changing table which will still be useful when the diapers disappear.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 08:23 PM

I’m doing research for doing a project like this, my biggest challenge is getting the ratios right so it looks good. Would you be able to post the dimensions? That would be super helpful

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#12 posted 04-20-2013 04:04 PM


Glad to help
24” deep
51” wide
42” tall

Let me know if you have questions

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#13 posted 04-20-2013 07:02 PM

Thanks so much. Your table is beautiful, I hope to be starting mine soon.

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